As a writer that focuses on the goings on of the Harlem community, I often meet people who have been active at the various events that I’m invited to. Readers of this site have seen me mention a Black History Month celebration thrown by Afrikan Kartel. It was a book drive, and tribute. This event occurred on February 12th, and it was held at Paris Blues on 121st and 7th avenue. While in attendance, I had the opportunity to speak with Robert Fields Jackson, who hosted.
Robert F. Jackson is a community activist, and Pan-Africanist. He is an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and a part of the Ethiopian World Federation Inc. He has lived in Harlem for the past 19 years, and has assisted in voters registration drives. Jackson also hosts book drives, and coat drives as well. In past initiatives, he has collaborated with Inez Dickens and Keith Wright.He’s also campaigned for Assemblyman Keith Wright for Congress, and Cordell Cleare for District Leader. He has marched against police brutality, and participated in anti-gun violence initiatives.
“I do this to provide for those who don’t have a lot of help with the needs of the Harlem community,” said Jackson. He has been doing these coat/book drives for three years, and typically holds an event every two months.
At the moment, he is circulating a petition to get a statue of Marcus Garvey in Marcus Garvey Park. To hear more from Robert, see this video below.