Thursday, November 5, 2009

Requiem for an Elder: The Passing of Brother Blue

May the winds, rain and sunshine
raise his spirits to the place
where he will be among the ancestors
May he be recognized and welcomed
among the keepers of lore
and the warriors
for one of their own has come home
- A Prayer for Brother Blue
Mwalim *7)

Yesterday morning (11/3/09), the New World Griot, as well as the storytelling world in general lost a foundation elder with the passing of Brother Blue (aka Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill). To be a spoken-word artist or storyteller in New England and to have not been blessed to be an audience to or have in your audience Brother Blue means to have missed a true blessing from the spirits.

To have known him means that as storytellers and keepers of oral tradition it is up to us to keep the tradition alive, and keep telling our stories. That is the way to truly honor him.


Bro. Mwalim *7)

Visiting hours are on Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA. The internment will be on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 1pm at the Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield MA. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling ( and the National Association of Black Storytellers ( For obituary, directions or to send a condolence visit


Geoff Wisner said...

I went to Harvard in the late '70s and often saw Brother Blue doing his inimitable versions of Shakespeare and other stories in Harvard Square. On a frosty New Year's Eve I saw him perform in Copley Square -- in his bare feet. (One woman begged him to put his shoes on.) He will be missed.

Iyeoka said...

big loss indeed. what a gift we had to have him so long in our community. He was so consistent. His presence at the Lizard really was something incredible to see---Ruby loved this man so much. Kwesi Davis created a documentary on this mans life. I'm greatful i was able to appreciate when while he was still with us.


steven said...

God Bless Brother Blue's Family.
He will be missed but his spirit lives on.