Contemporary society is familiar with the term, "Queen Mother" because of the
Royal Family of the United Kingdom. Historically, the tradition and title "Queen
Mother" originated in ancient Kemet (Egypt), when Black Africans ruled.
In Kemetic language, Queen Mother is Mwt Nswt. Traditionally in ancient Kemet
(Egypt), the all powerful Queen Mother appointed the king, ruled beside him,
and had a strong interest youth empowerment and community activism.
Succinctly, the African Queen Mother is the Positive Pot Stirrer; the Keeper of
the Culture, the Spiritual Warrior; the Nurturing Navigator to the Community's
Nubian born and famously known Queen Tiye was the Great Royal Wife of
Amenhotep III, mother of Amenhotep IV (later known as Akenhaton), and
mother-in-law of the also famously known Nefertiti. She was also the
grandmother to King Tutankhamun. Queen Tiye was a Queen Mother who held
influence over Kemet for a fifty year reign. She served as First Lady and the
first female Secretary of State (long before Hillary Rodham Clinton) when her
husband became physically and mentally incapacitated due to age, and when her
son became known as a traitor to his people for employing monotheism, and the
people ignored his authority.
By the way, Queen Tiye was also influential as a fashionista! And she had the
devotion of her husband, who created great outdoor shrines to his beloved.
Other African cultures honor the Queen Mother tradition. It has never been a
dowager position, nor taken lightly. Queen Mothers have always been shown
great respect from their communities because of their wisdom, power, and
devotion to their people.
In the U.S., Queen Mother Moore (1898-1996) was a modern day freedom
fighter. Inspired by the Marcus Garvey United Negro Improvement Association
(UNIA) Movement as a young woman, Queen Mother Audley Moore became a
force to be reckoned with in Harlem, NYC, fearlessly speaking out for
reparations, and all noteworthy civil rights causes for Black people. She also
served as President-General of the World Federation of African People, and as
President and founder of the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women and the
founder of the Committee for Reparations for Descendants of U.S. Slaves. After
Queen Mother Moore made her transition, her faithful aide,
Queen Mother Delois Blakely, filled her role, taking it to a new height, now
serving as Community Mayor of Harlem. She is highly regarded as a
Stateswoman and Educator across Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S., and
works tirelessly with the United Nations.
A longtime devoted community activist and educator, High Priestess Imakhu
Mwt Shekemet (now Queen Mother Imakhu Mu Nefer-t) was initiated as a
Queen Mother in 2005 in her African Kemetic house of worship, Shrine of
Khpra of Brooklyn, NY, by her spiritual father Grandmaster Kham. She is one
of the many Queen Mothers of the Shrine of Khpra. Presiding Queen Mother is
Grand Queen Mut Ast Kham, who presides over Shrine of Khpra. .
Queen Mother Imakhu now heads her own global Kemetic ministry,
AKERU Temple of the True Living Waters. Through AKERU Ministries, Queen
Mother Imakhu teaches students across the country in her Mystery School, the
Water Women of Wisdom, privately coaches and counsels people. As a Street
Minister, she counsels many in urban neighborhoods. After hearing the voices
of so many in her travels, Queen Mother has created outreach programming to
address the needs of the multigenerational populations who have sought her
help. She currently is setting up classes across the U.S., Canada, and Africa
teaching women and families the principles of education, community
involvement, and family unity.
You may read Queen Mother Imakhu's entire career bio here, and her spiritual
Queen Mother Moore
Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely,
Community Mayor of Harlem, NY
General Kemetic Protocol Questions for Addressing an
African Queen Mother
Is it alright or appropriate to call a Queen Mother by her first name if I don't feel
like calling her by her title? If it is not my belief system or culture, then why
should I honor the title?
No. Would you call the Queen Mother of England by her first name? Some people
seem to think that a Queen Mother of African descent does not deserve the same
respect. The Queen Mother system began in Africa. Also consider this: Would you
call the Pope by his name just because you are not Catholic? Would Bishop
Desmond Tutu just be Desmond to you? Would Mother Theresa just have been
Theresa? Respect the title. Allow your mind to make the adjustment. The effects of
slavery have diminished the power of the Motherland as the Cradle of Civilization
in the minds of many. This is a time of healing and reclamation for us all.
Is it appropriate to call a Queen Mother "Sweetie," "Hon," "Dear," or "Darling"
as casual terms of endearment?
No. Highly inappropriate. Refer to the above response.
Can a person declare herself to be a Queen Mother?
No. It is an appointed or initiation title conferred in an official ceremony. It is not the
same as the popular trend that many Black women have followed in calling
themselves "Queen," which started to reaffirm self respect and dignity.
How should the community regard the Queen Mother?
Queen Mothers are generally held in high regard. As such, the community should
protective of her, and her well being. She is the Mother of the community; the
wisdom keeper who has the welfare of the community at heart. Today's U.S.
society, however, having lost touch with its African history, is not educated about the
role of the Queen Mother. The Queen Mother within today's African Traditional
Spiritual Societies is generally recognized and given her proper due.
Unfortunately, some of our contemporary U.S. Queen Mothers have had to fend for
themselves after a lifetime of community service, struggling alone financially, in
public housing, yet paraded out during local African-centered ceremonies as status
symbols, then quickly shuttled back home. This reflects the lingering affects of
Western influence upon the African mind, in terms of forgetting to care for
community Elders, Sages, and Queen Mothers. Also, many people in Black
Consciousness circles simply are not aware of these protocols. It is imperative to
pass this education on to the youth, for whom the Queen Mother has always had a
It is time for the community to reciprocate to ALL the activist Queen Mothers who
are warriors, spiritual Keepers of the Culture, putting themselves on the line for the
healing of their people.
The Historic Role of the African Queen Mother
Grand Queen Mut Ast ,
Shrine of Khpra of Brooklyn,
Tobago, and Trinidad
Queen Mother Imakhu
of Shrine of Khpra and
founder of AKERU Temple of the
True Living Waters.
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