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HAIL AND FAREWELL:
I regret to inform you that our dear brother, poet, educator & spoken word artist Sunji Ali passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2010 from heart failure at 68 years of age in Inglewood, CA.
Bro. Sunji (also known as Gene A. Williams) was creator of “Obama Dreamwalk,” a volume of poetry dedicated to the current U.S. president. In addition Sunji founded the spoken word collective Original Soul Visions Productions, taught in the Los Angeles and Compton school districts and was a longtime member of IBWALA. His work is prominent in our seminal anthology “76th & San Pedro.”
With a heavy heart,
Wayne FrenchIBWALA President
WHERE: Angeles Funeral Home, 3875 South Crenshaw Boulevard
WHEN: Wednesday, July 14, 2010,
For more information or questions call Polar at: (323) 717- 0187
A special Sounding Off/Open Mike performance will serve as a tribute for Sunji Ali - Presented by Dramastage-Qumran.
WHEN: Sunday July 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM.
WHERE: The Exchange, 114 West 5th Street , Los Angeles CA 90013
We are inviting all Original Soulvisions Frontline Poets past and present –
For more information call Melvin Ishmael Johnson at: 323-850-4436 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 323-850-4436 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 323-850-4436 end_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting
For further details about this great brother who now lives among the ancestors, please check out Sunji’s Web site at www.originalsoulvisions.com
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