He was born Marcus Dwayne Robertson September 3rd, 1968 in New York City, the second of three sons. His father a New York state politician, his mother a principal, Abu Taubah grew up in a Jewish-Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, where he would live and learn until he left to serve his country as a Marine at the age of seventeen.
His paternal great-great-grandfather was emancipated from slavery owing to his medical knowledge and after a few years of work, was able to earn enough money to buy his wife’s freedom. The family recognized that education played a major role in achieving and maintaining their status as ‘freemen’ while the majority of the African population in theUnited States still lived in the oppressive bondage of colonial slavery.
Marcus’ paternal grandfather was a man with a strong drive to serve his community and better his environment, serving the public as both a fireman and a police officer. He was also a master golfer who, along with his friends, would travel around the United States, challenging the white-only country clubs with the wager: ‘Play us; if we lose we will not come back. If we win, change your rules for admittance to include Negroes.’ The many trophies his grandfather amassed during this time golfing are still in the family today. Read the rest of this entry »