Seitu’s World: The Celebration Of Life Of Kwame Brathwaite In Harlem

April 26, 2023

Photographs by Seitu Oronde

On Monday, April 24, 2023, photojournalist Seitu Oronde was at the funeral for art legend  Kwame Brathwaite at Abyssinian Baptist Church in HarlemNY.

Kwame Brathwaite passed on Saturday, April 1st, 2023, he was a photographer and activist who was born in 1938 and is known for his photographs documenting the cultural and political movements of the African diaspora.

He is particularly recognized for his role in the “Black is Beautiful” movement in the 1960s and 1970s, which sought to challenge Eurocentric beauty standards and promote the aesthetic and cultural value of blackness from Harlem to Harare.

As Sietu Oronde stated, “Kwame was a great hero the documented black history.”


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We’re sure he hears the drums of Harlem playing in celebration of his life.

Click here to find more of Seitu Oronde’s photo essays at Seitu’s World.

Photo credit: 1) All friends and acquaintances of prominent black photographers from around New York City came to pay their respects to their mentor and friend. 2) Bob Law from a business manager with WWRL. 3-4) Family elder paying the celebration of life to family member Kwame. 5) Brother and family member of Kwame. All photos by Seitu Oronde.

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