Jamaal Malik Masia Cottrell El
Jamaal Malik Masia Cottrell El of Detroit passed away July 24 at the age of 77. A Washitaw Moor formerly known as Samuel Edward Cottrell III, Jamaal attended Detroit Northern High School.
He joined the Air Force in 1955, trained as a metals processing technician and played semi-professional baseball in Japan while serving in the Korean Conflict. Jamaal’s entrepreneurial ventures included the Lion’s Den Restaurant and Party Store, Banneker Homes Inc. and Nineobey Home Maintenance and Repair. All were spearheaded on Detroit’s Northend.
Jamaal was an avid researcher, historian, author and inspirational speaker. Alongside Empress Verdiacee and the Washitaw Nation, he, as an ambassadorial representative, travelled to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1996. He spoke on behalf of the indigenous populations of the world’s land, health and human rights.
Jamaal served as an administrator over the Northwest Province and as the minister of information; he took great pride in that accomplishment. From that chapter in his life, he became a walking and talking encyclopedia and interpreter of treaties and law. He encouraged people to use their most powerful weapons — to research, interpret and think for oneself.
Son of Samuel and Lois, Jamaal is survived by a loving family, the Nation of the Washitaw Moors and a host of friends and associates.
A memorial celebration was held Aug. 7 at James H. Cole Home for Funerals, located at 2624 West Grand Blvd., Detroit.