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FROM DISCOVERY TO VISION
Dr. Nkosi Ajanaku, Esquire

BIRTHPLACE:
Tunica, Mississippi

GIVEN NAME:
Isaac Taylor

NEW BIRTH:
Nkosi (n--koh--see: head), Ajanaku (ah-jah-nah-koo: free and wealthy people)

EDUCATION:
Completed sixth grade, Klondike Elementary School (Memphis); seventh and eighth grades, Grant School; Manassas High School graduate (1953); political science degree, Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), May, 1966; Memphis State University School of Law degree (1969); Doctorate in the Phenomenology of Slavery, Future America Basic Research Institute.

BASIC DISCOVERY/RESEARCH TIMELINE:

1962 - Intent: Law school, with the goal of joining Dr. Martin Luther King and/or administration of President John F. Kennedy.

1963 - President Kennedy assassinated.

1968 - March: Dr. King expanded the Civil Rights movement to aid sanitation workers' rights to better pay in Memphis; riots as city comes under martial law of state military.

1968 - April 4: Dr. King assassinated in Memphis. City is subdued and still under partial martial law; college revolt.

1968 - June: Opened school for African American high school students, mostly seniors.

1968 - June: "Met" Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabbazz) through his 1965 autobiography.

1969 - Graduated from Memphis State University School of Law.

1969 - June: Went before the Shelby County Government to get government sanction to practice law in Shelby County, Tenn.

1969 - Opened up research office in the heart of the African American ghetto. Objective: to study the reasons for poverty, traditional African unrest and a lack of business progress in Memphis and the United States.

1972 - Research colleague takes trip to Africa for further research on Africa.

1973 - Took national trip for first hand observations of various African oriented and civil rights groups. Observation tour roughly followed the path of Atlanta and Savannah, Ga.; Buford, S.C.; Durham and Greensboro, N.C.; Philadelphia; New York; Cleveland; Denver; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago, Atlanta, Durham.

1973 - Ended observation tour in Durham. Opened research institute there to evaluate findings.

1973 - Fall: Discovered that neither American nor African literature nor experience had relevance for the production of an answer to the traditional problem. Neither had a case to be heard by any political or legal tribunal in the United States or the world.

1973 - Discovered, while still in Durham, the missing puzzle - the self, "ME", as a responsible entity and point of measurement of all people and things to determine the veracity of what had been said and done in the United States. This was the beginning of the "who" unit of measurement as opposed to the "what" (conditions) or the illusionary entity, the "white man" as an actual person; the beginnings of the development of the concept and realities of Esnicity, as opposed to culture, history, and particular ethnic group.

1973 - The discovery of the concept of the whole African Family, as opposed to a definition of a conditional part of the African experience. The recognition of the need for the universal African Family to have a center, a "Head", and the acceptance of being the Head of the Family.

1973 - Sisterhood concept developed as the key to psychosocial origins and the focus place for the basic research group.

1974 - Howard University/Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, discovered the difference between the adequate diagnosis and the need to develop a phenomenal delivery system for phenomenal antidote.

1975 - March: Departed Durham on a national trip, including 16 to 37 men, women and children. Objective: to actualize findings as related to growth of individuals and the basic Durham research group. Trip route covered Durham-Memphis; Charlotte, N.C.; Charleston, W. Va.; Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; Detroit; Chicago; Memphis and Nashville. During this trip, I solidified Sisterhood as the conceptual key and starting place for life, perspective and communication for males and females. Having discovered my attachment to the brotherhood force, I made the ultimate psychological and physical removal from the brotherhood dynamics on America's plantations. I realized that this force is self destructive and the anchoring force of continuity for slavery.

1975-85 - Moved research laboratory to Memphis to test findings through individuals, ethnic leadership and institutions, which included public, private and corporate institutions; public schools; college, university administrations; churches; civil rights groups; banks and major businesses.

1975-85 - Created the following: the local Kwanzaa program; the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival; the 50 Sisters Plus Concept; the Save the African American Child Program; published the Ethnicity Paper for Shelby County Government; published the Occasional Eight Papers - Memphis State University; Created African Program for Africans from Africa.

1987 - Proposed the Reach, Teach, Touch and Develop Program for the State of Tennessee.

1989-92 - Created the Public Housing Program - 30,000 Homes Plus for Memphis; Created Future Mississippi/Future Georgia Programs; Made the Thomas Jefferson-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. connection.

1992-96 - Created 50,000 Plus Homes Program for public housing residents in Atlanta; Proposition 17 for Atlanta Empowerment Zone Town Hall Meeting in May; Updated DIA Program for implementation; Morehouse Program for Development of the Estate of Morehouse.

1997 - Fall: Authorized the launching of the Future America Basic Research Institute Website as a means of using computer technology to extend the research product, Ethnicity.

2000 - Activating the HUD 2020 / Future America 2010 "bottom up" empowerment mission.