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Hoodoo in the Old Tradition

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Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald

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Joined Aug 4 2010
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Philadelphia, PA
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Hoodoo in the Old Tradition

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Inobi Omogun obirin'bu, Katrina Hazzard-Donald, Ph.D. was born in 1948 and reared in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is the first generation of her family born outside of the "Blackbelt South".   She is a tenured professor at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.  Having received both her masters and doctorate degrees from Cornell University.  

      She was trained in Hoodoo by Louise Isaac Johnson who was born in 1870 and died in 1972 at the age of 102.  Though her family is from Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama,with her Gullah fiance,she has spent a good amount of time in Gullah communities, namely "Buck Hall" and "Pineland" communities north of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  

       In the 1960's she worked for Delta Ministry in the Mississippi Delta engaged in struggles against the various manifestations of "White Supremacy" and "white skin priviledge" which still exists in this country. 

      She is an initiated Iyalorisha of Ogun with the first hand of Ifa (ogun nakubia kobu kobu her head) with Oshun (obokule her feet). She is the author of an award winning scholarly book and numerous articles and book chapters.  She is widely sought after as a guest lecturer. She is the widow of Lathan Donald who was jailed for his role in the black struggles of the 1960's.

Her favorite quote is from Dr. John Henrick Clarke "I only argue with equals, all others I teach". 

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Reply Nicky Omosalewa Reed
11:21 PM on April 24, 2013 
Back again Dr. Hazzard! I also thank you for this forum. Something keeps drawing me back to hoodoo. Maybe it is the spirit of my great great grandmother who was a midwife and herbalist.
Reply DeltaMoon
8:37 PM on April 10, 2013 
Thank you Dr. Katrina! I have been on this path for so long. My grandfather practiced Hoodoo, but my family does not speak of it, My dad said it drove him crazy, I do not believe that, I have been drawn to this area one form or another all my life. I have seen SOOOO much of what whites are doing. I started to take a class, but then I thought why should I learn what is in me? Though my family expresses fear I am determined to continue. I used to think it was a Masonic thing ( my granddad was apart of that also) again my father refuses to speak on it and wanted nothing to do with any of it. I feel relieved but a little lost because I finally found out why I am so incredibly drawn, but lost due to my family silence. I plan on purchasing your book, my Grandparents were from the Mississippi Delta did not go to church but were baptized AME. It all makes sense now. Thank you again, I will continue to check for new information. Peace&Blessings 2 U
Reply Sister Sharon
10:35 PM on August 23, 2012 
Thank you Dr. Katrina for providing this platform. I am very concerned about the future of rootwork, there are so many scammers and thieves out here giving it a bad name. It is important that we band together and tell the world the truth about our legacies and roots. I enjoy reading everything on here and have read it more than twice because it feels like coming home.
Reply mdavis
12:07 AM on July 28, 2012 
Thank you so much for this site! I have been searching for an authenticate site designed for us, by us.
Reply Iya Oyapidan
8:53 AM on June 9, 2011 
Ase Ase Ase ... Iya .. Omogun .. Ase ... you gooo .. love your motto ... love it ... hope to learn so much from you ...
Reply Lance Foster
5:30 PM on January 6, 2011 
Thanks for admitting me, Katrina :-)
Reply Miss Ivy
10:39 AM on December 30, 2010 
Dr. K. I have ordered the supplies that I need to do the House Cleaning Ritual tomorrow, hopefully they will arrive in time...if not I shall improvise....I am about to do the laundry cuz as far back as I can remember moms would tell us not to get caught with "dirty laundry" in the house when the new year comes in--and let a man be the first to walk thru your door after the new year has started.

I was very priviledged back in the early 70's to be a student in Dr. Clarke's class at Hunter college in NYC. I treasure the time I had with him...I only wish I could remember all that he taught me ...but he left us his books for us old folks lol...muchluv2ya
Reply Eje
3:37 PM on December 22, 2010 
Greetings. looking forward to learning more.
Reply Francisco 7 Rays >>--o-x-o-x->
8:29 PM on December 20, 2010 
Thank you Sister
Will check on PaPa C , soon come . I b watchin he on cyber space .
Gud te be fellowshipping wid Yenna , Wi na gwine no wey but to de front line where sen eber dat be ,on any plane . En de name ob de " KONKER " .
Reply Supreme Wellness
10:41 AM on August 23, 2010 
Peace Dr. Hazzard, thank you for this site!

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