Baye Kemit

Baye Kemit

History

Baye Kemit is a committed educator who has dedicated his life towards the education of Black children. Born to John and Janice Caldwell, Baye grew up in Trenton, NJ’s Wilbur Section and attended Trenton Public Schools, K-8 (P. J. Hill and Junior High School #2). He attended and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1991. He is married to Makeda Kemit, has 6 children and 2 grandchildren.

Baye sought higher education at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. It was there that Baye groomed his affinity for African history, culture, and pride, hence his name change to Baye Kemit. In addition to demonstrating an intense conviction towards reclaiming his African heritage, and acquiring knowledge within his major, Baye was also a member of CAU’s Student Government Association and a member of the Forensics Society Debate team. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in History Education, and, in 2002, Baye received his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Temple University. Through his matriculation at Clark Atlanta and Temple University, Baye was thoroughly prepared to achieve his lifelong goal: to educate African American children from an African cultural perspective.

In 2003, Baye founded The Garvey School, an independent African-centered high school, and, in 2007, expanded the institution to include Egun Omode Shule (children of the ancestor's school), which was preschool to 8th grade. Baye and Makeda are homeschool parents. The Garvey School/Egun Omode Shule was the only fully comprehensive (K-12) African-centered school in the state of NJ. In 2010, they expanded again to include Watoto Village, a full-time daycare.

Also in 2010, Egun Omode Performing Arts Collective was founded. In 2012, Egun Omode premiered its first of 6 productions, which have toured from New York City to Atlanta with show dates in Newark, Philadelphia, DC, and Richmond.

Baye was the recipient of the Dorothy V. Palmer award for “Excellence in Education” named in honor of Mayor Douglass H. Palmer’s mother. In 2015, he was awarded the “Educators Award” by the Trenton branch of the NAACP, amongst numerous other professional and community awards.

Baye is the current National Facilitator of the Council of Independent Black Institutions (CIBI) founded in 1972, a national consortium of Independent Black Institutions (IBI), manager of Egun Omode Performing Arts Collective, and an educational consultant (current teacher at Wilson Baker Academy (MD) and Ubuntu Village (NJ). His special love lies in his bi-annual group tours to Ghana, West Africa, and his annual HBCU college tours which he started in 1999.

Baye is an initiated priest of Ifa (Babalawo) and spends most of his spare time selling African products (Sankofa Exports), maintaining his livestock, drumming, being creative with his family, and driving his 1973 Volkswagen Beetle.