"A Clear Mind and Sincere Heart Cultivate a Strong Spirit"
  • 59 years old
  • Born on August 31, 1958 .
  • Passed away on February 13, 2018 .

Tuesday, February 13th 2018, Dr. Stephen Abayomi Obadele Meeks, a king within our midst, returned to his spiritual home. Born to this realm in August 1958, his life mission was to serve, elevate, and heal. A highly skilled and accomplished Community Leader, Martial Artist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Musician, and Yoruba Priest, he was a vanguard with the ability to inspire others to be their best authentic selves. Dr. Meeks believed that “as a servant for god, love inspires the willpower which then directs us with the wisdom to help others!” 

Recognized nationwide for Martial Arts skills in both African and Asian traditions, Dr. Meeks instilled his students with a respect for tradition while encouraging innovation. He taught that the way of the warrior is to establish harmony by nurturing the seeds of love, compassion, courage, and integrity.

He is lovingly referred to as Bawo by his students, recognizing his rank as an 8 degree black belt and the highest ranking Master Teacher in the South African martial arts tradition of Isinaphakade Samathongo in the United States.

In 1990, Dr. Meeks co-founded the Moyo Nguvu Cultural Arts Center, the first Pan-African cultural and healing arts center in the state of Colorado that promoted diversity and inclusiveness. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he brought his nationally recognized Children’s Rites of Passage (CROP) program to Colorado. A program which has since graduated more than 2,000 children of all ethnic backgrounds. In addition, the Center’s Kwanzaa Karimu was the first and largest public celebration in Colorado for more than 22 years.

Dr. Meeks was the first licensed African American acupuncturist in the state of Colorado and, over the course of 27 years was responsible for helping hundreds of thousands in Colorado restore health and balance to their lives. As a healer and activist, he was committed to providing health services to underserved communities successfully partnering with social service organizations and foundations to reduce health disparities, especially in the Black and Latino communities.

He approached problems with tenacity and sincerity resulting in the formation of meaningful relationships, innovative solutions; and, for his patients, physical and spiritual healing.

His courage, spiritual integrity, unconditional love, and generosity made a positive and lasting impact on all who had the honor and privilege to know him. He was peerless. He was larger than life, our super-hero… He will be, well and truly missed.

Dr. Meeks is survived by his Mother Pearl Meeks; his son’s Oji, Kumasi, and Adeyemi Meeks; his brother’s Keith, and Dwayne Meeks; grand-daughter, aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, cousins, and his numerous students.

In accordance with Dr. Meeks wishes there will not be a funeral service. Instead the public is invited to join his family and the Moyo Nguvu Cultural Arts Center for a “Celebration of Life” on 14 April 2018 from 1:00 –4:00pm at the Summit Event Center at 411 Sable Blvd. Aurora 80011.

For more information, visit our website at www.moyoarts.com; call 303-377-2511; or email MoyoNguvu@gmail.com.

Posted by Julie Hill on 28th April 2018
I remember it being ~1972 when Stephen and I met. We lived around the corner from each other, and grew up together amongst a group of friends on Montgomery St., Brooklyn, NY. Among the years I grew fond of the Meeks family and forever that shall remain... With so many years shared with Stephen and family, I have been blessed to be a "sister" to Keith and Dwayne, a "daughter" to my other mother Pearl, and a dear friend in life with Stephen. There are no words I can express for the loss of Stephen, but God knows best and to know him was to love him.... He was witty, had a great sense of humor, humble, and a accomplished man. A warrior, a father, a teacher, a help mate to those he didn't even know, and so much more... I thank God for blessing us to have known each other for 40+ years! Stephen will be forever missed and remembered by me, and many others because of who he was, and how he lived his life. A legacy of a job well done on earth caring for mankind, and service to others that will live on forever..... Please join me in prayer for the Meeks family. Rest In Peace My Dear Friend, Dr. Stephen Abayomi Meeks
Posted by Dionna Harding on 14th April 2018
Dr. Meeks you will be missed. You were a very special person who has accomplished many things in such a short . Period time. Your smile lite up a room.
Posted by Taaj Brown on 7th April 2018
“To be brave is to cry, but you still fought” My Dear Yomi, The very last day we talked, I forgot to say Thank You. Thank you, for the lessons you taught! Thank you for being an amazing man and an amazing nephew! I truly miss you and our long talks we used to have. I wish Heaven took phones calls and had visiting hours; lord knows I’d be the first one calling! You are missed more than you could ever imagine. You will be in my heart forever! I will always love you!!! Love Aunt Nina aka El Niño
Posted by Kimberly Allen on 30th March 2018
Yomi a true King, Leader and Warrior of our family and his community. My heart stopped when I learned that my beautiful cousin had departed from this place called earth. I thank you for all the conversations and love that you shared. And though I cry, I’m able to smile through my tears in knowing you have taken your seat next to our almighty God and I am comforted in knowing you have reached the pinnacle in life - impacting lives. My beautiful cousin who exuded beauty all over, I thank you for the colorful memories you edged in my heart and my memory. And, knowing you, I know that you will continue from the heavens above guide us all in navigating life. Rest In Peace my Hero, cousin, big brother and friend. You are forever missed. I will always love you
Posted by Kevin Greene on 27th March 2018
My dear brother from another mother, I am so happy for your freedom. At the same time I am deeply saddened by your passing and send my heartfelt condolences to your mother, family, friends and godparents. I barely knew you. Yet our conversations were intense, honest, insightful, compassionate, caring and filled with love. Only now do I get to know the depth of your accomplishments by the grace of this website. Thank you for being my brother from another mother, one of my personal heroes and powerful inspiration for my life. Thank you for helping me to focus on my life’s purpose and to not take time or life for granted.
Posted by Bathsheba Everett on 22nd March 2018
Posted on behalf of Aunt Aguida: "A Man of Wonder" W- Warrior, chosen at birth & fulfilled to the end of this life on earth. O- Originality to create & alter change for the betterment of others. N- never giving up on his beliefs. D- daring to be different. E- everlasting legacy of life. R- redeemer who claimed dignity through his suffering. I Love You, Aunt Aguida
Posted by T Ann Bailey on 19th March 2018
Yomi was an amazing, beautiful spirit. I will be forever grateful for his time, energy and words of wisdom he shared with me. He was a blessing to our community and will be missed. My condolences to his wonderful family.
Posted by Delia Tyler on 18th March 2018
As this MAGNIFICENT KING travels his path of a warrior moving through space and time (within all levels of consciousness and returns full circle), I send out spirit, light, abundance and love, to all the lives he has touched. You are all in my consciousness as you honor and celebrate the life of a GREAT MASTER. Peace and love be with you all...
Posted by Naajidah Haleem on 17th March 2018
I am eternally grateful to Abayomi for the lasting impression and continued support he gave in raising my Son. For many years Moyo was an important part of my Family's life. Abayomi's legacy will not be forgotten. Rest, my Brother. Until . . .
Posted by Cherie M on 15th March 2018
My heartfelt condolences on the transitioning of this incredible soul. Yomi was and IS an amazing light for all, and inspiration for living in the truth of one's being and his holding the space for our vibrational evolution. Yomi your physical presence will be sorely missed. Your essence is still very much here with us. Thank you for all you taught, and continue to teach, me.
Posted by Lew Smooth on 14th March 2018
On behalf of my family and myself, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to family of Brother Meeks. My personal memory of Brother Meeks is that from a young age he was well focused, highly driven & self motivated. He was extremely protective of his family and anyone he allowed in his inner circle. He had enormous respect for others while at the same time demanding it for himself. I am deeply saddened upon hearing of his transition. I know that his impact on others will allow his legacy to continue. May his soul forever Rest In Peace.
Posted by Nana Tuuda on 11th March 2018
Greetings from The Asante Nation in Asante Nkonim Kurom (Victory Town) in Philadelphia. The drum has sounded that a Great Tree has fallen. Bawa Abayomi Obadele Meeks impact has left an indelible footprint on our hearts and spirits forever. We send our spirit guides to join his spirit helping to ensure a safe and peaceful transition back home to the land of our Ancestors. Much love, support and respect to the entire family as we all envision and embrace Perfect Peace together.......FOREVER
Posted by Susan Rich on 10th March 2018
My heart aches. In his memory, I will move forward and share his love, peace and joy as best I am able. I will forever be grateful for the time Yomi gave me; his gentle message made me stronger; and for that I am blessed and forever grateful. Love and Peace to his family and loved ones.
Posted by Jomiko Rogers on 10th March 2018
We love you Cousin Yomi, We thank you for your LEADERSHIP!!! Black men need it every day and We know that you will be watching over us from Heaven. Love, Your young cousins but more like nephews, Bryan, Brandyn and Peter Rogers.
Posted by Jomiko Rogers on 10th March 2018
Yomi was a king and will be truly missed!! He lives within us all and will never be forgotten!! He blessed us with his handsome smile, his laugh, his intelligence, his talks, his wisdom, skills, his manly strength. persistence, love respect for his mother, his sons, his family, his students, and finally his work for his patients and for the community. Yomi, you will be missed! we love you!! But God loves you more!! love you, your sister, Cousin, friend Miko Rogers
Posted by Nganga ToloNaa on 8th March 2018
My condolences pours out to his loving family and extended family. Dr. Meeks was able to accomplish more for his people at such a young age, than many in several life times. As a Yoruba Priest he was well grounded in his spiritual life. Let's celebrate and be grateful for his life in this incarnation and look forward to his return in the next. Ase'

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