Professor James Small is a scholar activist, dynamic speaker, and organizational consultant. He is CEO of Sanaa Lodge Enterprise, Ghana, Ltd.; CEO & President, African-American Management Company, Ghana, Ltd.; International Vice President, Organization of Afro-American Unity (O.A.A.U.); Int'l Vice President of World African Diaspora Union (WADU); Priest of Oya, Babalorisha, Ifa Tradition; former Imam (retired) of the Muslim Mosque Inc. founded by Malcolm X; and past President of the Eastern Region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization (ASCAC).
A graduate of the City College of New York of the City University of New York, Prof. Small also taught for over fifteen years in the Department of Africana Studies of the City College of New York. He holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity from Amen-Ra Theological Seminary, Los Angeles, CA. He taught courses on Pan-Africanism, Malcolm X, and on comparative African religions, which included several African spiritual systems, titled, African Religion and Survival; He also taught at New York City Technical College, teaching the course, African Folklore & Religion, both in the Diaspora and in Africa.
Prof. James Small has been an activist since his teenage years. His in-depth knowledge, thought-provoking and calm delivery are influential elements to break the programming of mis-education. He studies extensively with Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Yosef A. A. ben Jochannan, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Asa Hilliard, Dr. Wade Nobles, Dr. Amos Wilson and Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, just to name a few.
For eleven years, Prof. Small served as principal bodyguard to the late Ella L. Collins, the sister of Malcolm X, the then President of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (O.A.A.U.) and was the Imam of Muslim Mosque Inc. (founded by Malcolm X). Between the years of 1966 and 1980, Prof. Small held membership in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.), the N.A.A.C.P, and O.A.A.U. During this period Prof. Small had the opportunity to interact with such historical giants as Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Kwame Ture, H. Rap Brown of S.N.C.C, Eldridge Cleaver, Zaid Shakur, and Lumumba Shakur of the Black Panther Party (B.P.P.) in which he served as a liaison between the B.P.P. and the O.A.A.U. Much of his expertise is found in African-American history and culture, Malcolm X, African traditional religions and the love for his people.
Prof. James Small has traveled extensively lecturing at churches, conventions, seminars, workshops, colleges, and universities, throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. His informative, eye-opening and dynamic presentations have caused him to be recognized as one of the most distinguished activist scholar of our time. Prof. Small plans to bring back his online courses on African Spirituality covering the Yoruba Ifa Tradition, the Akan spiritual system, Vodou/Vodun and Ancient Egyptian sacred science.
Prof. Small is the Chief Historical Consultant of MGM+'s Godfather of Harlem TV movie series, starring Forest Whittaker. He's been featured in documentaries: HAPI; 1804; Hidden Colors; Out of Darkness; Heavy is the Crown; ABC Disney's production EPIX documentary series, Whatever Means Necessary; and Consultant & Narrator for Smithsonian Channel documentary, Cassius X: Becoming Ali. Prof. James Small's Cultural Heritage African Tours, Inc. conducts educational & cultural pilgrimage/tours throughout Africa, Haiti and the United States.