Elombe used his platform at WBAI-FM, 99.5 for over 30 years, broadcasting his show AfriKalidescope to make people aware of injustices around the globe. He exposed the truth about the Sandinistas’ struggle in Nicaragua, the atrocities committed in East Timor, and provided platforms for representatives of Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba, who were fighting for freedom in their countries.
In 1987, he co-founded the December 12th Movement in response to police brutality following the 1986 murder of Michael Griffith in Howard Beach. In 1989, he organized and mobilized for the Central Park Five, believing in their innocence decades before the truth came to light. In 1990, he was one of the organizers responsible for bringing Nelson and Winnie Mandela to Harlem where over 200,000 people gathered. His keen insight into domestic and international affairs earned him a Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, where he taught for several years despite never having done formal academic graduate work.
Elombe has received over 200 recognitions and awards in his work. In May of 2013, Elombe was immortalized in the history of America when he was enshrined with a Congressional Record by the 112th Congress.
Elombe Brath, a man of enormous wit and charm, won you over with a quiet intensity, rather than bombast in his telling of the African experience. His encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African peoples based on his involvement in struggles around the world from the Caribbean and South America to the countries of Africa and, of course, the United States, was astounding.
Counted among his many friends and admirers were jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Max Roach and Jimmy Owens, political and cultural greats such as Presidents Hage Geingob, Fidel and Raul Castro, the late Amiri Baraka, and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure).
A committed and courageous fighter until the end, Elombe eventually succumbed to illness on Monday, May 19, 2014.