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Prince Asiel Ben Israel

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  • October 8, 2021



  • Born: April 30, 1941
  • Birth Location: Chicago, Illinois


  • Favorite Color: Black and Gold
  • Favorite Food: My Wife's Cooking
  • Favorite Time of Year: Warm
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: East Africa

Favorite Quote

"My God and My People."
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Prince Asiel Ben Israel was born on April 30, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, as Warren Brown. He graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School (now Dunbar Vocational Career Academy) in Chicago in 1959. He then attended DePaul University, studied international studies at the University of Ghana, in Accra, Ghana, and at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda, and received his doctorate from the School of Interactive Theology at the School of the Prophets Institute, in Dimona, Israel.

In 1971, Brown moved to Dimona, Israel, to join Ben Ammi Ben-Israel’s African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem, soon taking on the name Prince Asiel Ben Israel and serving as the community’s international ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. In 1981, Ben Israel and his wife, Yohanna Brown, opened Original Soul Vegetarian, a vegan restaurant on the South Side of Chicago.

Ben Israel served as president and CEO of Bold Spiritual Initiative, president of Africa Israel Asia, international spokesperson for Straight Talk Economic Roundtable, chairman of First Africa Corporation, a sponsor of the annual Holy Jerusalem Summit Conferences, and a convener of the National Leadership Council of African Americans.

Ben Israel also served with Support-a-Child International, Inc., as a board member of the International United Black Fund, coordinator of the African Development Program’s private volunteer organization project and director of its international fundraising projects, as a special economic advisor to the World Conference of Mayors, as an advisor to the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, and as a member of the African American Clergy Network of Chicago.

Ben Israel and his wife, Yohanna Brown, lived in Chicago, Illinois, with their children Prince Asiel Ben Israel, Jr., Lori Seay, and Arel Brown.

Prince Asiel Ben Israel was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 8, 2021.

Ben Israel passed away on August 21, 2022 at the age of 81.