Martin Bernal


Martin Bernal, academic, author – of amongst other things Black Athena – husband, father, grandfather, linguist, lover and singer of folk music, political activist and so many other things, died on 9th June 2013. He will be very greatly missed. My dad.


There is an obituary for him in the Ithaca Journal – here. I hope there will be more in the next few weeks, to which I will link. ย I may also write more myself when the time comes.

35 thoughts on “Martin Bernal

  1. Paul, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I was not aware of the connection. Black Athena was a big book when I was an undergraduate and it extended into my time in graduate school and hotly debated in a number of circles (classics, political philosophy, history) so it is a huge achievement.
    Take care my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    1. Thanks – and I’m glad to know you remember Black Athena. I think it was a very important piece of work – and the way it brought together all those different elements was crucial. It all works together – and in academia we have far too much specialisation and narrowness.

  2. What an amazingly rich and interesting life, lived to the full. Condolences to you and all your family in this hard time. x

  3. I was very sorry to read about this Paul. My condolences. Was just checking in to follow up on some research and saw this.

  4. A lovely human being. I respect his great efforts to bring out the truth to a world that has beloved lies for a long time. And with great opposition from White academia, he stood firm and presented the hard facts. His work is also important because some would rather hear it from him rather than the many Black scholars who have written and said the same things for years. Rest in Glory Sir Martin. The world needs more of you! ๐Ÿ’œ

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