Anthony "Amp" Elmore is a 5 time World Karate/Kickboxing Champion who lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Elmore as a youth was a community activist who in 1972 quit college to join with a Dr. Martin Luther King Strategist.
In 1970 Elmore begin practicing "Old Japanese Shotokan Karate" and Zen Buddhism. In 1974 Elmore joined the Japanese Buddhist Sect NSA or Nichiren Shoshu of America. In 1991 Elmore wrote a formal letter departing NSA/SGI Buddhist sect. Elmore was unhappy with the culture and "Japanese cultural Domination. Elmore in 1995 traveled to Japan and he formally re-joined the Nichiren Shoshu Temple in Taisekiji, Japan.
In 1998 Elmore traveled to Accra, Ghana for opening of the 1st Nichiren Shoshu Temple in Africa. Elmore was looking to partner with Japanese to spread Nichiren Buddhist over the world. Elmore started the Proud Black Buddhist Website in 1998. Years later Nichiren Shoshu Priest isolated Elmore and they moved with a "Japanese Cultural Domination" stronger that the SGI sect. Upon getting established in Ghana the Japanese Priest retired the strong Black leader Mr. Joseph Asomani can created a Buddhism of non-inclusion.
Elmore was isolated by the Japanese Priest for almost 15 years. In 2012 Nichiren Shoshu Priest visited Elmore's home an asked him to leave culture out of Buddhism. Elmore took this message as a cue to depart Nichiren Shoshu.
In 2013 Elmore looked to join Nichiren Shu Buddhist sect who had African/American Female Priest Myokei Shonin in Houston, Texas. Elmore attended Nichiren Shu Buddhist meeting at his friend's home Mr. Shaka Kahalphani. In November of 2013 Elmore wrote Nichiren Shu leaders asking their policy regarding African/Americans. Shaka wrote Elmore a letter stating he was no longer welcome at his home.
In January of 2014 Elmore returned his Gohonzon (object of worship) he owned for over 45 years back to Nichiren Shoshu. Elmore organized the "Proud Black Buddhist World Association."
The "Proud Black Buddhist World Association" is a Nichiren Buddhist Sect that teach a Buddhism inclusive of Black Culture, History and family.