Gro Hungan Yabofé Noványón Idizol/George Washington Ware, Jr.
Worldly Entrance April 21, 1940 - Worldly Exit October 5, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Viewing: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Service: 11:00 a.m.
Ervina White Beauford Funeral Service
2134 Stenton Avenue (corner of Beechwood Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19138
Interment 1:00 p.m.
Merion Memorial Park, Inc.
59 Rock Hill Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Gro Hungan Yabofé Noványón, Idizol was born George Ware to Jimmie Lu Bo and George Washington Ware, Sr. in Camp Hill, a small town near Auburn in Alabama. Gro Hungan Yabofe/George Ware was raised by his paternal grandmother, Cora Ware. George Ware attended Tuskegee Institute, now known as Tuskegee University, where he earned a Master’s degree in biochemistry. As a graduate student he became involved in the Civil Rights movement. As an early member and organizer, George Ware met Stokely Carmichael and they developed a relationship based on their mutual interest and dedication to the “Black Power Movement.” In later years, Stokely Carmichael took the name of Kwame Ture, and George assisted him in the formation of what became known as the Black Power Movement. In recognition of his active involvement in the African American Civil Rights movement, George Ware was made an honorary member of the Black Panther Party by H. Rap Brown and Kwame Ture.
George Ware completed his post graduate course of study at New York University and Columbia University. In addition to his work in the civil rights movement, George Ware was a lifelong educator, teaching everywhere and everything from quantum physics to basic math at inner city high schools. George Ware was on the faculty of Hunter College in New York City, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Department of Natural Science and Social Ecology at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He also was a pioneer in the field of urban horticulture, creating one of the first gardens with organic crops in what had been a vacant lot in North Philadelphia. The Sea Change Community Program in Urban Horticulture was one of the first profitable organic gardens in the country.
George Ware was a community organizer from 1965 to 1975 for the Black Music industry and Black Radio with the Fair Play Committee in conjunction with the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers. Among his many accomplishments was his participation in the creation and development of the Black Music Association (BMA). Teaming with Stevie Wonder, Ewart Abner, then president of Motown, Dick Griffey, founder of Solar Records, and the Sound of Philadelphia’s Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, they created the BMA, the first black music trade association. It was through the efforts of the Black Music Association that President Carter declared June to be Black Music Month. It was also the political pressure applied to the music industry under the leadership of George Ware, in his capacity as Executive Director, and the board members of the Black Music Association, that resulted in the hiring of black executives by the major record labels. The BMA even inspired the Congressional Black Caucus to hold a hearing that resulted in the nascent music networks being pressured to add black artists to their programming.
In the post Black Power Movement, civil rights, and Black Music Association era of his life, George Ware continued his universal education and interest in African Traditional Religion. George Ware received his Elekes and Warriors in the Lucumi tradition from Baba Maurice in Harlem, New York in 1975.
The natural outgrowth of George Ware’s interest in Black heritage/culture led him to develop an interest in Haitian Voodoo. George Ware was initiated in Haitian Voodoo by Gro Mambo Angélá Noványón Idizol at LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the first level as a Hunsi and received his first spiritual name, Ayenta, on October 16, 1988. On July 7, 1997, he was initiated at LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary Humofor in Mariani, Haiti into the Novanyon lineage Humofor, which has been acknowledged with more 500 years of existence at the same location. Hunsi Ayenta now has now become Gro Hungan Yabofé Noványón Idizol, achieving the highest level of the Priesthood by receiving Ceremony of Asson. Gro Hungan Yabofé served as a confidante/advisor to Gro Mambo Angélá Noványón, Idizol, a world-renowned High Priestess of Haitian Voodoo, Founder of LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary in the United States of America and The National African Religion Congress.
Gro Hungan Yabofé was the Vice President of LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary (USA). He served as the Vice President of L’Ogatwa Au d’ Nomn Societi (Men’s Society of LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary). Gro Hungan Yabofé was the Co-Founder and President of the National African Religion Congress (NARC), a worldwide certifying board for Priests and Priestesses of traditional African-based religions from around the globe. Gro Hungan Yabofé helped to produce and publish the Directory of Priests and Priestesses, Babalawos and Workers. Through his work in the Civil Rights Movement, the BMA, NARC and other organizations, Gro Hungan Yabofé traveled around the world, from the United States to Haiti, Brazil, Trinidad-Tobago, Cuba and West Africa.
Gro Hungan Yabofé Noványón, Idizol is survived and celebrated in life by his wife, Octavia Ware/Mambo Viel Noványón, his sons, Akin B. Ware/Hunsi Ayenta, Jr. Master Drummer and Gro Hungan (High Priest) Foknanpwen Noványón, Idizol/ Rahim Thompson, his daughter, Ngozi, two (2) brothers, William and John Ware, daughter-in-law Tanisha Thompson, granddaughter Veriteady, hosts of nephews, nieces, cousins, numerous dear and close friends, colleagues and associates throughout the course of his service to the people of the world, his Godmother, Gro Mambo Angélá Noványón Idizol and his spiritual family of LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary, where he faithfully served for 24 years.