Our History

Kanya & Dr. Moore (Master Herbalist)
- March 1975 in New York City -

Kanya at the Tree of Life
- Harlem 1978 -


Twenty-eight years ago I moved to New York City from Cleveland, Ohio in order to get an underwriting commitment from Bache & Co for the Everyman Mutual Fund. Founded by my father in 1966, it was the world's first mutual fund begun by an African/American.

To make a long story short, I was indeed successful in securing an underwriting agreement for the Fund only to fall victim to the market crash of 1970 which decimated both the Everyman Fund and McGhee & Co., our securities broker dealership similarly founded by my father in 1952.

Now here's where the fun begins: I decided to take a year or so and experiment with an old dream. A dream I had conceived while teaching elementary school in California back in the early 60's. It involved gathering 2 or 3 copies of books I loved from my own private collection and making them available to the citizens of New York City in a free reading room on 125th and Lenox in Harlem to see if anyone else would find them as interesting as I did. Also available for sale.

What made these books different was that they mainly consisted of books of Self improvement and inner consciousness like "As A Man Thinketh", "The Finding of the Third Eye" and "Back to Eden" etc.. Imagine my surprise when the year or two I had planned to give to this experiment almost miraculously extended itself to 10 years and soon we had a store of 12,000 square feet with an average monthly patronage of more than 15,000 persons from all over the world, of all races and creeds. We called the bookstore "The Tree of Life".

The building was unfortunately torn down in 1980 to make way for a hotel convention center that was never built and on that corner today is a parking lot! But the concept of The Tree of Life is every much as valid today as it was 28 years ago and I'd like to share the story with you. It's particularly valid now because quite a few persons were school drop-outs who learned to read in our "Aquarian Science Reading Room" and quite a few drug abusers decided to get "high" off books instead of shooting up dope.

Likewise we extended the same efforts to those in prison with similar results. It is quite a story and I am very pleased to share it with you. For it seems that the same problems we addressed in Harlem are present here. I am looking forward to communicating with you and discussing how we can mutually benefit from an expanded understanding of our different perspectives.

For the past 28 years we have demonstrated successful innovations in Education, Drug Abuse, Crime, the Prisons and jobs. It is now time to share this breakthrough WORLDWIDE.


Kanya Vashon McGhee

Founder & Director


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