The Final Call: Reflections on the Life and Work of Francis Cress Welsing, MD.

Position::In memoriam

Wade W. Nobles

(Ifagbemi Sangodare, Nana Kwaku Berko I, Bejana, Onebune)

Dr. Welsing's The Isis Papers, was published 1991. For many The Isis Papers is considered required reading for those interested in the psycho-biological origins and manifestations of White supremacy.

She was our Queen Mother.

While some will say her greatest contribution is found in the melanin theory and others her "Unified Field Theory Psychiatry," I think to honor Frances is to always let her speak for herself.

In her "Unified Field Theory Psychiatry" she proposed a broader framework, encompassing biology, psychology, and physics, as prerequisites to understanding the etiology of a unified field of energy phenomena, specifically the "behavior-energy" underlying racial conflict.

... Frances along with Dr. Bobby Wright Jr. used their expertise in western psychiatry and psychology to critically examine the behavioral dysfunctioning of the advocates of White supremacy. Her scholarship, in my opinion, helped to consecrate Black Psychology's separation from the toxic psychopathic core of Western thought.

In this moment of quietude, listen to this mighty Black woman, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing whisper to our souls. Read her thoughts and ideas that can bring forth our electric vibration. Because Frances Cress Welsing lived, our sense of who we are can never be the same. Whisper Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, as a great mighty Black woman, existed.

Or maybe rather than whisper, we should shout out loud. She, Frances Cress Welsing, exists. She exists in the realm of the invisible. She exists amongst the Dwellers of Heaven. She exists in the fabric of our minds. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing exists. This great soul, my friend and sister, will exist forever.

Source: Nobles, Wade. "Giving Thanks and Praise to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing: Memorial Service in D.C." in Black Star News (, January 17, 2016.

Greg Carr

(Department of Afro-American Studies, Howard University)

The fact that she was largely unknown and/or caricatured when discussed at all in white public discourse reflects the tremendous gap that continues between black and white public spheres.

Source: "Activists Mourn Race Theorist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing",, January 2. 2016, 1:39 PM ET

Janell Hazelwood

Her research was groundbreaking in opening modern-day dialogue about colorism and racism in America

Source: Hazelwood, Janell. "Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Author of The Isis Papers, Dead at...

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