C.R.D. Halisi

September 22, 1947 - May 23, 2013
Dr. C.R.D. Halisi, formerly known as Clyde Ray Daniels, age 65, transitioned on Wednesday May 23, 2013 upon returning from an overseas engagement as a speaker and delegate at the 50th anniversary of the African Union in Ethiopia. C.R.D Halisi was born September 22, 1947, son of the late Gladys and Frederick Daniels. He was a renowned international scholar, activist and educator. He resided in Altadena, California, attended John Muir High School, Pasadena City College, Cal Poly Pomona and eventually received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science (with an emphasis in South African politics). He was a professor at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. C.R.D. Halisi served most recently as the former Chair and a professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He published widely on Africa and Pan-African thought, including numerous essays, articles, chapters and a highly regarded book titled Black Political Thought in the Making of South African Democracy. He was well-known in activist circles around the world for his cultural nationalist activities in the 1960s and assisted in bringing forth the celebration of the Kwanzaa holiday. His was known for his intellect, deep thoughtfulness, reflective nature and dedication to his family, friends, students, community and African liberation. He was extremely loved and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his two older brothers, two daughters, two sons and fourteen grand children.
There will be a public memorial on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Altadena, California at the historic William D. Davies Memorial Building at Farnsworth Park from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 26, 2013