What's to happen to the
''Based on what I saw today, (the group) has
definitely weakened,'' said Putnam County
Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin. ''I would seriously
doubt they would continue as a community in Putnam
Others aren't so sure. Jones believes York's
daughter, Hagar York-El, could step into the void left by
''She could definitely speak for her father
and continue his teachings,'' Jones said.
In Athens, it's harder to gauge the
Nuwaubian' continued presence. But the predominantly Black
group has won friends in the African-American community and
been praised as hard-working, self-sufficient people.
''They're people who go to work every day,
pay rent or own homes,'' said local activist Thomas Oglesby.
''They bring entrepreneurship to this town. You've got brick
masons, carpenters, locksmiths, bakers, all of them have
Oglesby doesn't think York's conviction will
lead the group to dissolve.
''That's not going to happen,'' he said.
''This group is not a small group, this group isn't just in
Georgia -- it's nationwide and worldwide.''
Said Walter Allen Jr., who runs the local
African-American magazine ''Zebra'' and has employed some
Nuwaubian, ''this case has been going on for eight months, and
they've still been functioning.''
For now, on a stretch of country road dotted
with dairy farms, the Nuwaubian compound remains a startling
site of Egyptian reflections in the heart of Georgia. A place
where there once was a Black man who dared to stand up and do
for self and his people by organizing thousands of Black folk,
Native Americans and others into an independent non-political
fraternal organization. York’s mission was successful for 30
years in creating jobs for Blacks, educating Blacks of
alternative knowledge than that what was presented by European
ethnocentric history, building businesses and established
Black institutions for the upliftment of Black folk. Malachi
York’s visions lay in suspended animation waiting for the next
uppity nigga’ to step forward and make a stand toward Black
independence, high Community morality and a unified body,
which is the essence of Black Nationalism. No apology
necessary for any and all uppity Black men who stand accused
but are willing to take the weight and suffer the consequences
brought about from perpetrating crimes against European
dominance and racial superiority.
Although the Nuwaubian movement had been
overly dependent on York’s personality (The Supreme Grand
Hierophant, Amun Nebu Re,’ Akhtah Isa Abdullah, Imaam Isaa
Al-Haadi Al-Mahdi, Rabboni, Yashuah [Jesus], Melchisedek,
Yanuwn, Nayya, Dr. Malachi Z. York, Chief Black Eagle, the
Lamb) however the Movement cannot be dismissed so easily.
Although the movement appears to be disintegrating from York’s
imprisonment, the interest in Black identity, alternative
spiritual development and Black pride, which York had sparked,
lingers on. York’s ideas of “Right Knowledge, a Right Wisdom
and a Right Overstanding” have clearly provided the spawning
ground from which more organizations and leaders will sure