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Dr. Willie R. Mackey aka Osagyefo Karimi Salmone Faye
Born May 16, 1953  Died August 6, 2004
Born in Memphis, Tenn., raised in St. Louis, Mo received a Ph.D in  Astrophysics from the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Mathematics with a concentration in African American Cultural Arts from Oberlin College in 1976. He was an assistant professor of mathematics and physics at Wilberforce University in 1983. He was founder of the Cooper Community Science Center in Rosbury, Mass., Institute of Rational Analysis Boston, Amiraka Afrique in Dayton, Ohio, PoTolo Studio Complex-Cincinnati, Ohio and the McNair-Diop Astrophysical Institute, Inc. He was co-founder Obarada-Yo Dance Theater of Cincinnati, Ohio.

He performed extensively throughout New England and completed a seven year apprenticeship under Raymond Sylla of Senegal West Africa. He served on the Ohio Arts Council Dance Panel.

Dr. Mackey was a Spacecraft Plasma Physicist at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Director Modern Africa Tama Tama.

In 1997, Dr. Mackey and is wife AkuSika created Africa House as an art haven and guest artist residency program to support international native African artists living in or working in Ohio. Today, Africa House is now known as AfricaHouse International Learning Center.

Dr. Mackey's Potolo Journal of Performing, Arts Mathematics and Science available to order: Please contact us at (216) 421 -0298