I recently got some very sad news. A fellow blogger I’ve followed for many years has made her transition. Her name was Pamela Harris. Although most in the blogosphere knew her best as Trojan Pam. She was not only a blogger but also an accomplished author. And brilliant one I might add. The first book I bought of her’s was Trojan Horse: Death of Dark Nation. She went under the pen name Anon. She later changed it to Umoja. The book blew my mind! Pam broke down the wicked nature of racism in America. She was so intelligent and gave such insight into racism and how it operates. I had spoken to her many times on the COWS radio show. I would call into the host Gus T. Renegade and she was a frequent guest. I loved the way she was not afraid to challenge white racists. And she would do her best to wake up black people who were still confused about racism. She truly was a woman without fear. This is from her obituary:
Pamela Evans Harris was born on Oct. 12, 1953 to Columbia natives Hattye Evans Harris and George B. Harris. She was the niece of Camille and Randolph Howell, Gladys and William Davis and counted many Columbians as a part of her extended family. Ms. Pamela E. Harris passed away in Chicago on Feb. 15, 2018 after a long career as an Electronic Technician, repairing mail processing equipment for the United States Postal Service until her retirement in 2017.
One of Pam’s greatest gifts was her writing: she wrote short stories and novels, and there is a strongly captivating wit and brilliance to her work. In her own words, Pam said “I needed to be gainfully employed, but in my heart I knew that I had to be a writer.
I loved talking to her and exchanging ideas. She had a brilliant mind. I respect the fact that she wanted to educate her people in a world of anti-blackness. She always spoke truth to power. She had a deep love for her people. She was definitely BLACK and PROUD. She let that be known. I believe we lost a true warrior for justice and liberation. I never met her yet I felt like I knew her so well. We really did lose a dear friend. She will not be forgotten. I suggest you all go out and buy her books. She was kind enough to send me autographed copies. I really did appreciate that. I don’t think I ever told her I much I admired her. Now I wish I had. Her hard work will not be vain. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Thank you Pam. Rest well my friend.