Who Is T.S.K?
Mama Tamu Sana Kanyama was born in Taylor County Georgia, the ninth child, to Mrs. Birda May Colbert- Lockhart and Mr. Isaiah Lockhart. Tamu’s family, moved north to Milwaukee Wisconsin when she was two years old.
Tamu grew up in Milwaukee and attended public school, graduated from North Division High. She became active in community issues, she has always had a desire to work toward a better life for her people.
Tamu attended the University of Wisconsin. It was there that she met her future husband and was intrigued by his involvement with the Black Struggle. Tamu attended summer school at the University of Ghana in Accra West Africa, the summer of 1971. As a result of their deep involvement with the black power movement, the two became targets of the U.S. Government.
Tamu was incarcerated for ten months, then released in June 1972. Upon her release, she vowed to “leave no stone unturned”, in her efforts to free her husband and other unjustly incarcerated brothers left behind in jail. She went on speaking engagements, wrote letters, held rallies, worked, with various attorneys, doing whatever that was within her powers to do, fighting for the release of the brothers.
Her spouse being incarcerated did not stop the couple from starting their family. Tamu and Hekima conceived three daughters during this turbulent time.
While struggling for the release of the brothers she traveled back and forth to visit her husband in Mississippi, endured three healthy; successful pregnancies and found time to continue her education. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in early childhood education, and then went on to earn her Master Degree, in Curriculum design with a specialization in reading.
Tamu taught elementary school in Milwaukee for a couple years, after giving birth to her second daughter, she packed up and moved the girls to Mississippi, to support her husband. Pregnant with daughter number 3 she moved back to Milwaukee. They remained in Milwaukee until Hekima’s release from prison in 1980.
Tamu continued her career as an educator always teaching from a positive black perspective, until her retirement in 2007. She now spends more time working side her husband and other brothers and sisters with the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-Determination, which is a scientific approach bringing about unity among our people.
Tamu has played many roles, worn many hats; daughter, sister, aunt, wife mother, teacher, and warrior. She has always been constant is her love and devotion to education and the uplifting of our people.