BSCC’s Fire-Side Chats

Nicknamed “The Reverend” because of his fiery oratorical style, Chattanooga native Willie “Mukasa Dada” Ricks is best known for working with Dr. Martin Luther King and for introducing the world to the phrase “Black Power.” Seated left, “Mukasa Dada” engages in spirited conversation during an informative and animated interview with local historian, seated right, John L. Edwards, Chattanooga News Chronicle Founder. (Article and additional photos featured and published in the Feb. 26 print issue of the CNC).(Photo: Hrman Prater, Sr.)
Black History Month Activities The Bessie Smith Cultural Center in recognition of Black History month is hosting a series of fire-side chats. The kick-off session highlighted the history and contributions of nationally known activist and Chattanooga native, “Papa Ricks”. From left, Elijah Cameron, BSCC; Paula Wilkes, BSCC; Mukasa DaDa aka Papa Ricks, guest speaker; and John Edwards, Interviewer/local historian. (Photo: Herman Prater, Sr.)