In Dedication: Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts (September 16, 1941 – August 13, 2022) was an artist, poet, activist, and member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. The memorial service for Pitts is held Saturday, September 17 from 2-5pm at Wayne County Community College District campus, 8200 West Outer Drive, Detroit.

Ibn Pori Pitts: Encrypted in Tempered Shadows

By Melba Joyce Boyd

Peace begins
with release.
despite madness
distorted thoughts
corrupted by need,
or crushed beneath grief,
trapped and suffering,
Ibn catches our breath,
takes it inside,
into eclectic imagery,
into phonic sounds
or jazz phrasing,
scaling inner space,
and remakes us.
poet, painter,
and musician,
Ibn sees beyond
temporal space.
he traverses
urban terrains,
reshapes tragic
untangles knots,
clotting brains,
swallows ugly
truths whole,
digests and
transforms this
into transcendent,
translucent light.
Ogun artist,
cultural warrior,
turning us inside out,
re-envisioning us
in the next life,
encrypted in
tempered shadows
aligned with his heart.

Brother Ibn was a Eulipion. He was there for his creative community. He was there for anyone who had been wronged. He was there for the babies and the baby’s Mommas. He would buy the diapers and bring you food and drink. He would take your babies to school, pick them up, and encourage them.

He was afro spirit (a flash of afro spirit?) He would invite you to celebrate Juneteenth long before it was a holiday. He would bring food and gifts for Kwanzaa! He was the moving spirit when poets were lost in the spotlight encouraging, “Go on, it’s in you. You have the gift!” Ibn could reach back through time and bring forth the energy of the ancestors.

He would say, “you have something for the people to hear and see.” He would prod and push musicians, dancers, poets, and creatives to be their ultimate spiritual selves! His family was always in his vision and if you were in his realm you were his family too! His stories, his spiritual energy, his love for mankind and people he did not even know was abundant.

He trusted that we all had something to offer to the greater good for all to live in peace and we thank him for making the world a better place

–M. Saffell Gardner

Installation by Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts at Johanson Charles Gallery, Detroit

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