Tuesday, October 05, 2010
The Passing of Brother Kibwe Bey
If you've lived here for more than five years the chances are good that you knew Brother Bey. He used to run a heath food store in the 400 block of H Street (Da Place: Institute of Healing and Happiness). He was always friendly, and he often had a free bottle of water for passersby on hot days. A commenter relates that he died just before 8am Sunday. Brother Bey fought a long battle with prostate cancer (though I do not know if that was his cause of death). He was first diagnosed when he took 85 men to a prostate cancer clinic for screening. I don't have any photos of Brother Bey, so I'm sharing the images of his truck and store instead.
Da Place in spring of 2005
He attended Coppin State University, graduating with a BA in social work in 1969, and finished his Maters there in Counseling and Rehabilitation in 1974. He was a Marine, and an All American football player. He had, and appeared on, radio shows on WOL and WPFW over the years. Da Place was one of the health food stores that he owned, another was called Brown Rice. More than once source credits him with opening the first health food store in the District. Though I was unaware of this he apparently also open various restaurants, including: De Soup De Salad, House of Bey, and Peace on Earth. Plus, he cooked for the likes of Earth, Wind, and Fire (he toured with them as a cook), Denezel Washington, Chaka Khan, Dick Gregory, Cathy Hughes, Gladys Knight, and Les Brown. He served as "Director of Howard University's Natural Food Deli, Food Manager of Chef Yours National Coordination, Baking Chef of the Spruce Tree natural food bakery, Health Coordinator of the training camp of former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and as the Nutritional Counselor and Chef at Dick Gregory's Health Resort" "appeared on CBS 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley," as well as on Donahue He was also a part owner of the Baltimore expansion basketball team the Pearls.You can hear him interviewed online here.
Biographical info obtained from a newsletter produced by the School of Professional Studies at Coppin State University (January-March 2008 issue). Available online as a pdf. As well as from www.oursportscentral.com (quotation from that site). Diagnosis info from the Washington Informer.