Mzee Bro. Simba Mlee: in loving memory
I met Bro. Simba many years ago when I married Buffalo News journalist Carl R. Allen (1955-1999), an award-winning writer . Simba as we all lovingly called him documented the history of the black community in Buffalo from many venues, including as a photographer for the Challenger Newspaper for many years. He told me many things about his past life, including teaching Black history in the New York City University system.
One thing about Bro. Simba is: he loved black folks and loved his community, dedicating himself to documenting it through the lens of a camera. He would not take no for an answer when he wanted something, particularly if it benefited the black community. He was sensitive to black exploitation and confronted it with his camera.
He wanted to move and settle in Africa but his health prevented him in his later years, but he continued to shoot photos of his beloved black community where he drew his strength like the African ancestors he spoke so much about. In the last days of his life, he walked slowly with a cane, still smiling and radiating warmth and always greeted his friends with “Peace & Love.”
On behalf of the Buffalo African-American community, Bro. Simba may you join the ancestors and rest with them in peace. And as Bro Ken Nixon so lovingly said, “Be in God’s grace: Mzee Bro. Simba Mlee, Elder, photographer, historian, and cultural visionary. Peace and Love.”
Funeral is Sat August 7th True Bethel Church on 472 Swan Street at 1:30. Bring a dish to share after funeral at the church. Donations to help with cost of funeral and other matters of Bro. Simba call: 716 563-9958
more on Bro. Simba: Source Bro. Ken Nixon, Facebook: