Trevor "Baba Dárè" Small
Trevor Anthony Small, affectionately known as “Mr. Baba Dare” was born as the second son to Lynda Willingham and Herbert “Baba Nkosi” Small on December 31, 1982. He was an affectionate, charismatic, and empathetic young man who was called early on to educate and nurture children. He was an inspiration to his family and to anyone fortunate to make his acquaintance.
Trevor was an all-star athlete who showed talent in a variety of sports, but truly excelled in football. He started off playing little league football for the Westside Cubs, where he quickly showed himself to be a agile and strong player. His work ethic on and off the field led him to be an outstanding student-athlete at Frederick Douglas High School in Detroit, where he graduated in 2000.
Education was a constant theme throughout Trevor’s collegiate career. He started off at Virginia State University immediately after high school, and persistently pursued his degree until recently at Grand Canyon State University. Trevor was a tremendous percussionist and graced many cultural celebrations with his masterful drumming and shekere playing. He was initiated to the sacred Anya drumming society, alongside his brother and nephew, in 2015.
Trevor started his educational legacy as a teacher with The Village Early Learning Center, and as a counselor for the YMCA Primetime Afterschool Program. He excelled as a preschool instructor during his time with Ananse Kurum at Pearl Academy, and as a music instructor at Black Star Academy, making connections with children and parents that would span many years. Trevor would find his ultimate calling as a teacher at the Kipp Schools. He worked in a variety of occupations, eventually emerging as an outstanding and beloved kindergarten teacher. He carried his passion for molding children outside of the classroom as a mentor for the Ananse Kounda rites of passage program, and as coach of the Kipp Vision Middle School track team and the championship-winning football team.
Trevor passed Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Stacey; his daughter, Sophia; his parents, Baba Nkosi and Lynda; his brothers, Brian “Baba Sola” and Alexander; his sisters, Shanita, Faye and Tiffany; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, bonus brothers and sisters, loved ones, friends, colleagues, fellow musicians, Scholars and students.
Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, 11:00 am, at Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311.
The family will receive friends for a repast at Hillside International Truth Center immediately after the service, followed by The Dárè Day Party at 3:00 PM, at Egbe Orisa Ifa Temple, 355 Veterans Memorial Highway, Mableton, Georgia 30126.