Sun Ra’s Full Lecture & Reading List

Some years ago posted a full lecture and & reading list from our hero Sun Ra’s 1971 UC Berkeley Course, “The Black Man in the Cosmos.” If you don’t understand why this is pertinent – well, I could teach you but I’d have to charge. This posting includes audio of the lecture, a history of Professor Ra, accounts of his teaching style and a reading list which included:


The Egyptian Book of the Dead


Alexander Hislop: Two Babylons

The Theosophical works of Madame Blavatsky

The Book of Oahspe [I own a copy of this and according to the New York Times, some NYers are running a church based on this scripture]

Henry Dumas: Ark of Bones

Henry Dumas: Poetry for My People eds. Hale Charfield & Eugene Redmond, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press 1971

Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, eds. Leroi Jones & Larry Neal, New York: William Morrow 1968

David Livingston: Missionary Travels

Theodore P. Ford: God Wills the Negro

Rutledge: God’s Children

Stylus, vol. 13, no. 1 (Spring 1971), Temple University

John S. Wilson: Jazz. Where It Came From, Where It’s At, United States Information Agency

Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan: Black Man of the Nile and His Family, Alkibu Ian Books 1972

Constantin Francois de Chasseboeuf, Comte de Volney: The Ruins, or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires, and the Law of Nature, London: Pioneer Press 1921

The Source Book of Man’s Life and Death (Ra’s description; = The King James Bible)

Pjotr Demianovitch Ouspensky: A New Model of the Universe. Principles of the Psychological Method in Its Application to Problems of Science, Religion and Art, New York: Knopf 1956

Frederick Bodmer: The Loom of Language. An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages, ed. Lancelot Hogben, New York: Norton & Co. 1944

Blackie’s Etymology

so check out the whole posting!

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

One Comment

  1. Radix wasn’t published until 1981, so it doesn’t seem likely it was on a reading list in 1971.

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