While Steve Harvey is watching with possible amazement as the film “Think Like a Man,” based on his best-selling book supplants “The Hunger Games” at the box office, Steve Cokely has joined the ancestors.
The two Steves, other than being Black men of some prominence, possess very few commonalities. One is inclined to draw rounds of laughter from his words and performances, and the other leaving you overwhelmed with unusual information about conspiracy theories.
Cokely, renowned among Black Nationalists and radical thinkers, made his transition on April 11. He was 60.
Among his thousands of lectures none were as thought-provoking as those related to government intrigue, secret organizations, and malicious racist doings that often fly below the radar screen.
One that sticks for many of his followers was his erudition and exposition on the Trilateral Commission, an organization formulated by one of the Rockefeller brothers. To Cokely it was part and parcel of the “hidden hand” that rules America.
He delved into international affairs, cultic machinations, and doomsday prophecies that simmered in such books as “Behold the Pale Horse.”
Along with his knowledge of the arcane, Cokely was also noted for his political consultancy, particularly for several elected officials in his hometown of Chicago.
But it was on the lecture circuit that he thrived and while many of his conclusions were controversial and often incredible, he was a popular commentator on current affairs, taking no prisoners in his summations.
Global warming, water conservation, organic farming, communal existence were just a few of the topics he delivered with convincing understanding.
Often irrefutable among his lectures were his lengthy discourses on African American history, the Black Panthers, and a plethora of radical thinkers and organizations.
There was a time in the sixties when such thinkers as Bobby Wright, Amos Wilson, Wade Nobles, Charles Finch, Jacob Carruthers, and James Spady were top attractions at the various Black Studies assemblies. One didn’t have to look or wait too long to see Steve Cokely in the mix and he was always “thinking like a man, a Black man!”