Akwasi Rozelle Evans was born Larry Elvis Dale October 17, 1948 in Dayton Ohio to his mother Bonnie Dale of Paris, Kentucky (as her only child) and his father, Garfield Evans of Dayton, Ohio. Both are now deceased. He was raised collaboratively by his mother and his maternal grand mother, Bertha whom he adored and fondly called "Mama Bill". His father, Garfield Evans (March 31, 1929 - March 6, 1992) was an Army Military Veteran who served and fought in World War II Korea.
Akwasi is survived by his only child, Sherilyn R. Scott-Blackburn whom he created with her late mother, Shirley Jean Scott-Clemons. As well, he is survived by his natural grand daughters; Dainisha Tache' Scott and Taylor D'Angela Blackburn. Through his grand daughters he has two great grandsons; Prince Jayson-Alexander Trahan and Caspian De'Marcus Graham. Additonally, Akwasi has a son-in-law, Kirk Angelo Blackburn and two grand sons; Hren D'Angelo Blackburn and Jordan O'rion Blackburn whom he inherited from the matrimony of his daughter to Kirk.
Akwasi changed his name to Awaski Evans in the 80's after he relocated from Lexington, Kentucky to Texas, which he called home for over 40 years. He chose the name Akwasi which is an Ashanti masculine given name originating from the Ashanti people and their Ashanti day naming system, meaning born on a Sunday. He chose Rozelle because it was the first name of his maternal grand father.
After relocating to Texas, he pursued and furthered his education at Texas State University. It was during this time that he focused on his journalism skills and passion for writing. After college, he started working at the Texas Employment Commission and at the Villager Newspaper where he was mentored by Mr. Thomas Wyatt Sr. Akwasi took the valued skills that he earned working for the Villager and started his own newspaper, NOKOA "The Observer". In August of 1987 he released his first print. When he started NOKOA, his focus was to not be a black newspaper but to be an Afrocentric Newspaper. He focused on political matters and civil activism. He was a true servant, constantly giving of himself unselfishly with his true concern being giving power to the people. His way of giving was to "Teach man to fish, so that man could eat for a lifetime".
Akwasi was a proud member of; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., TPA (Texas Publisher's Association), NNPA (National Newspaper Publisher Association), a show host of the radio program titled "The Breakfast Club on Austin radio KAZI. and as well, was on the board of the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in Austin, Texas. He was a pillar of his community, to put it mild. We honor him in the after life by fulfilling his request for being cremated. He was a modest man of modest means and would have foregone the elaboration of a memorial but the family found balance in giving the community that loved Akwasi so much an opportunity to gather in one accord to share their thoughts and memories.
Akwasi departed this life April 2019 after a battle with cancer. Although he departed from this Earth Plane, his presence and impression will remain constant. The family is forever grateful for all the kind generosity that the community that he gave so much to has in turn stood up and shown tremendous love and support to them.
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