Asa Hilliard Obituary

Asa Hilliard Obituary


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes




When the story is told, people will be truly amazed to know the important role he played in the lives and education of so many people, across the social spectrum. He was a true giant



Books by Asa G. Hilliard, III


Teachings of Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the World The Maroon Within Us  / SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind


African Power  / Young Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement / Teaching/ Learning Anti-Racism (Foreword)


Infusion of African and African American Content in School Curriculum / Testing African American Students


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Asa G. Hilliard III Obituary

Passed over in His Beloved Egypt (13 August 2007)

Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard, III, Pan-Africanist, Educator, Historian  and Psychologist, Has Passed From This Life

A Lifetime Teacher of  African and African Diaspora History

I am a teacher, a psychologist and a historian. As such, I am interested in the aims, the methods and the content of the socialization processes that we ought to have in place to create wholeness among our people.—Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III


Atlanta, GA (8-14, 2007) Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard, III, world renowned Pan-Africanist educator, historian, and psychologist, passed from this life on August 13, 2007 in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Hilliard was in Egypt to deliver a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization (ASCAC), an organization he helped found. He was also lecturing for a study trip led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago. The cause of death is attributed to complications from malaria.  “Dr. Hilliard was in his favorite place, with his favorite person – our mother, when he died,” said his daughter, Robi Hilliard Herron.

Dr. Hilliard was married for nearly 50 years to the Honorable Patsy Jo Hilliard, former mayor of East Point, GA and former school board member for the South San Francisco Unified School District.

Born in Galveston, TX on August 22, 1933 to Asa G. Hilliard II and Dr. Lois O. Williams. Dr. Hilliard graduated from Manual High School (1951) in Denver, CO. He received a B.A. from the University of Denver (1955) and taught in the Denver Public Schools before joining the U.S. Army, where he served as a First Lieutenant, platoon leader, and battalion executive officer in the Third Armored Infantry (1955-1957). He later received his M.A. in Counseling (1961) and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology (1963) from the University of Denver. In pursuit of his education, Dr. Hilliard worked in many occupations including as a teacher in the Denver Public Schools, as a railroad maintenance worker, and as a bartender, waiter and cook.

The professional career of Dr. Hilliard spans the globe.  He was on the faculty at San Francisco State University; consultant to the Peace Corp in Liberia, West Africa; superintendent of schools in Monrovia, Liberia; and returned to San Francisco State as department chair and Dean of Education.  At the time of his death, Dr. Hilliard was the Fuller E. Calloway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he held joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

Dr. Hilliard was a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and Diplomate of both the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He served as lead expert witness in several landmark federal cases on test validity and bias, including Larry P. v. Wilson Riles in California, Mattie T. v. Holliday in Mississippi, Deborah P. v. Turlington in Florida, and also in two Supreme Court cases, Ayers v. Fordice in Mississippi, and Marino v. Ortiz in New York City.  Dr. Hilliard has lectured at leading universities and other institutions throughout the world, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Geographic Society.

As a distinguished consultant, Dr. Hilliard has worked with many of the leading school districts, publishers, public advocacy organizations, universities, government agencies and private corporations on valid assessment, African content in curriculum, teacher training, and public policy. Several of his programs in pluralistic curriculum, assessment, and valid teaching have become national models. Dr. Hilliard designed the approach and selected the essays that appeared in The Portland Baseline Essays (Portland, OR) which represent the first time that a comprehensive global and longitudinal view of people of African ancestry has been presented in a curriculum.

In 2001, Dr. Hilliard was enstooled as Development Chief for Mankranso, Ghana and given the name Nana Baffour Amankwatia, II, which means “generous one.”  Dr. Hilliard spent more than thirty years leading study groups to Egypt and Ghana, as part of his mission of teaching the truth about the history of Africa and the African Diaspora.  He co-chaired the First National Conference on the Infusion of African and African- American Content in the School Curriculum in Atlanta. Dr. Hilliard was a founding member and First Vice President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and a founding member of the National Black Child Development Institute.  Dr. Hilliard was also a key advisor for the African Education for Every African Child Conference, held in Mali and sponsored by the government of Mali. 

Research & Writings

Dr. Hilliard has authored more than a thousand publications including journal articles, magazine articles, special reports, chapters in books, and books. Some of his publications include  The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization (Black Classic Press 1995); SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind (Makare Publishing 1997), and African Power:  Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of the Cultural Wars (Makare Publishing, 2002), to name a few.  He also co-wrote Teachings of Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the World  by Asa G. Hilliard, III. Williams, Larry. Damali, Nia Hilliard (Paperback – 1987) Blackwood Press and Young Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students (Beacon Press, 2004). Additionally, he edited Testing African American Students, Nos 2 and 3: Special Issue of the Negro Educational Review Julian Richardson Assoc. Pub. (December 1990).


He has received hundreds of awards and recognitions from many prestigious organizations and institutions including the Morehouse College “Candle in the Dark Award in Education,”  National Alliance of Black School Educators “Distinguished Educator Award,”  American Evaluation Association, President’s Award,  Republic of Liberia Award as Knight Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption, New York Society of Clinical Psychologists Award for Outstanding Research, Scholarly Achievement, and Humanitarian Service, Association of Black Psychologists Distinguished Psychologist Award,  Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Leadership Award, an award from the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Laureate Chapter, American Educational Research Association Committee on the Role & Status of Minorities in Education, Research & Development Distinguished Career Contribution Award,  American Association of Higher Education Black Caucus, Harold Delaney Exemplary Educational Leadership Award,  American Association of Colleges for Teacher Thurgood Marshall Award for Excellence, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary observance of the Brown v. Board of Education Topeka decision.  Dr. Hilliard was a fellow with the American Psychological Association and has received honorary degrees from DePaul University, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Wheelock College, Doctor of Education.


He is survived by his wife, Patsy Jo Hilliard and four children: Asa G. Hilliard, IV, Robi Hilliard Herron, Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn and Michael Hakim Hilliard and seven grandchildren.

For those friends and colleagues who wish to give comments and expressions about the life and works of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard or to give remembrances to the family, you may do so at

Dr. Hilliard’s family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Per Maat Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 357171, Gainesville, FL 32635.  The Per Maat Foundation is a non-profit public foundation created to educate people about African and African Diaspora history and culture. All contributions are tax deductible.

Funeral Arrangements:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lay in state:  12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Acclamation of Legacy & Community:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location:  Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Celebration of Life:  11:00 a.m.

Location:  Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel

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The African Mind


We Africans, however, have not viewed our problem holistically. After years of living under conditions of extreme oppression, we have settled for limited definitions of our problem. A classic example may be taken from the period of the civil rights movement. The evil and gross injustice of slavery and segregation violated the civil rights of African people and had to be addressed. However, the necessary task of fighting for civil rights was insufficient to allow for the healing of our people. Our healing requires a greater conceptual frame than that provided by civil rights.

First, we must see ourselves as an African people, or we will be unable to develop this critical frame.

Second, we must understand not only the role that white supremacy has played in our subjugation, but also the role that we ourselves have played by not practicing self-determination in our struggle to counter the MAAFA.

To reawaken the African mind we must ensure that the goal of our educational and socialization processes is to understand and live up to the principle of MAAT. —Asa G. Hillard, III

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No matter where Africans are—on the continent or in the diaspora—our condition is the same. We are on the bottom and descending. The MAAFA [Kiswahili term for “Disaster” or “Terrible Occurrence] continues to take its toll. We are unconscious, unorganized, unfocused, and lost from our purpose. Our strongest visible leadership is in hot pursuit of minimal narrow goals like, ‘integration,’ ‘civil rights,’ ‘jobs,’ ‘voter registration,’ etc. We seek minimal adjustment and temporary comfort by assimilating to whatever the political, economic and cultural order may be, even when that order is itself in chaos, or driven by values that are anti-African. . . . When we “dream,” we often do not dream original dreams; we merely seek relief from pain. As a result, the dream does not encompass a meaningful plan or strategy which is connected to moblization. . . . We do not know who we are, cannot explain how we got here, and have no sense of our destiny beyond mere survival. Most of us hope to hitch a ride on someone else’s wagon with no thought whatsoever as to where that wagon may be going. We have no destination of our own. Ask our leadership, ask our women, men or children on the street what our agenda is. Ask them what plans Africans have and what we want to build for ourselves within the next five, ten, twenty-five, seventy-five or one-hundred years? We are so used to having others make long-term plans for us that the idea of our own five-year plan is petrifying to us.—Asa G. Hillard, III

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The State of African Education (April 200)

Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

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My dearest friend in all the world died this morning in Egypt: Asa G. Hilliard, III.  I know the whole world mourns. Peggy

He was a dear friend, mentor and teacher. When the story is told, people will be truly amazed to know the important role he played in the lives and education of so many people, across the social spectrum. He was a true giant.  I was told that he passed yesterday in a Cairo hospital.—Joyce

Lord have mercy . . . .I immediately pulled my copy of the Teachings of Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the World and what I think was the brother’s last book Young Gifted, and Black from my book shelf—God bless the brother’s soul—I hope there is a better place than here for him to rest and enjoy eternity…—Mary

Greetings Family, Just received the very bad news from his daughter that my brother, friend, and teacher Dr. Asa Hilliard just passed in Egypt.  It seems like complications from malaria.  A true giant has fallen and he will be sorely missed. —In love of Africa, Runoko Rashidi

Ana and I just arrived today from Nigeria to hear the news of Asa’s  transition. The  ancestral world is richer; we are more protected than ever, but our  earthly loss is great. —Molefi Asante

I am saddened and in shock!—Arnetha

Hello Colleagues and Friends:  It is with much sadden and a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing our brother Dr. Asa Hilliard III (Baffour Amankwatia II). It has been reported that he died yesterday in Egypt of malaria. As more information becomes available, I will pass it on to you. Dr. Hilliard was one of this century’s most gifted and brilliant scholars. His passing is a huge loss to the educational community as a whole and specifically to the Research Focus on Black Education SIG. One of the best ways that we can honor this giant of a scholar and educator is to act upon the charge that he gave us during his 2007 W.E.B Du Bois Distinguished Lecture. During his lecture, he challenged us to “identify the right research questions” and to stop “getting  behind the latest dog and pony show.” He also reminded us that “We can’t know our children if we don’t know ourselves.” Dr. Hilliard will be missed but his legacy will live on as we continue the work that he so loved. Please keep Dr. Hilliard’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.—Wanda (Wanda J. Blanchett)

I feel like I’ve lost my dad for the second time. We have  lost a truly great giant for humanity and Africans in particular.—Freya A. Rivers (distinguished educator, Lansing, MI)

Goodness gracious, such terrible news.  I was introduced to Asa Hilliard by the time I was 14.—Terry Howcott

Thanks for this shocking news.  He will be sorely missed. When I worked at the University of Georgia, he was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Black Faculty and Staff Annual Banquet.  However, the then new president of the organization, because ticket sales were slow made a unilateral decision—no contact with officers—and cancelled him . . .  Needless to say, we were very disappointed.—Dolan Hubbard

Millions of us who are proud to be Africans look forward to the day when we can not only set our feet on the soil of Africa, but fold up our tents and sleep with our ancestors there. Thousands have left America to go to Africa not just to visit but to live out the remainder of our lives. I’m so happy for my friends who have relocated to Africa and call me to share how blessed they feel to be there. All of us will one day leave here, and like the good soldier let us still have our “boots on” like Asa Hillard. We heard years ago that “it was glorious to die for a cause.”   

It  was a cause that took Asa Hillard not only to Egypt in North East Africa, but it was the cause of the Redemption of a race that made him rise each and every morning. We will always miss the giants that worked in our interest so we take what the Honorable Marcus Garvey said as we remember them. “History is the landmark by which we are directed into the true course of life. The history of a movement, the history of a nation, the history of a race is the guide-post of that movement’s destiny, that nations destiny, that race’s destiny. What you do today that is worthwhile, inspires others to act at some future time.” Let me conclude my commentary with, Asa Hillard dies, Asa Hillard lives. I remain your humble servant.—Shaka Barak, President, The Marcus Garvey Institute

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More on Dr. Hilliard’s Passing

By Kwaku Person-Lynn, Ph.D

One of the giants in the academic world left us this past weekend in the most appropriate place it could happen, in Cairo, Kemet (Egypt), where he studied, wrote about, lectured, researched, conducted tour groups and redeemed his soul. He was attending the ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) Conference, an organization he co-founded, and giving lectures to the Pastor Jeremiah Wright tour group.

Early reports state that he passed due to complications of contracting malaria. More details are yet to come and funeral arrangements have not been made thus far.Those of us who knew Baba Baffour, and/or were familiar with him, knew him as one of the premier scholars/researchers/educators/authors this world has ever seen. He was supremely dedicated to the total liberation and education of Afrikan peoples specifically, but humanity in general. It was his efforts that primarily started the Curriculum of Inclusion Movement , balancing school curriculums by adding information and lessons on Afrikan people.

He was an educational psychologist, but dedicated his life to improving teaching/learning methods for children, and educating Afrikan people about our history. Family was the highest point of his consciousness . In an interview I conducted with Baba Baffour, seeing parents as the first teachers, he stated,

What kids get from us most of the time are instructions: ‘do this,’ ‘don’t do that,’ ‘watch out for this,’ ‘watch out for that.’ That’s a monologue. What has to happen, if you want to activate the child’s intelligence, and release that intelligence, that child has to be invited to engage in questioning, in critique, all of those kinds of things. Parents have to organize their communication with children. All we have to do is remember to do it. We know how to do it, but we slip into some awfully bad habits.

I’m not quite sure what the reasons are for those bad habits, but they are very prominent among our people. You know: ‘shut up,’ ‘be quiet,’ ‘sit down.’ That may give you control over the child’s behavior, but doesn’t give the child’s mind anything. The child has, if the mind is going to grow, it’ s got to chew on something. It’s got to turn it over, try it out and not be directed from moment to moment. Nurturing that independent critical orientation is a part of what a parent has to do for a child.

In the land he loved so much, Baba Baffour wanted to go beyond just admiring our ancient past, where the foundation of civilization existed. Being pro-active he did the following.

Somewhere in the late sixties, mid sixties to late sixties, I became acquainted with people who enhanced my information about Afrika, especially classical Afrikan civilizations. I knew that at some point I had to do more work to share this information. I tried to figure out a way to do that, mainly through slide presentations and lectures and so forth. But it occurred to me, that it would be much more powerful to be able to examine concretely whatever is left of that civilization, where it is right now.

The way to do that would be through a study tour. So my wife and I designed a study tour and tried to locate people who were really serious about study. We’re not interested in folk who want to collect ashtrays and float on the Nile and do all that. It’s a very hard working tour. We were up early and we go to bed late. We felt by being on the site, by visiting the museums, by visiting the monuments, by getting some sense of the space, geography, time perspective, that would help to make more real what this thing was in the past.

In his parting statement, which applies even today, he leaves us with,

Let me say the thing that’s of course on my mind. We require a massive mobilization of Afrikan people around the world. We need to see what the future looks like for us in the next thirty to forty years. We need to take a long view. In fact, we need to think about the next two hundred years. To be real conservative, where do we want Afrikan people to be in the world twenty years from now? If you get an answer to that question that’s anywhere near correct, it tells you what you got to do now to get ready for that.

I’m concerned because we are not now doing what we need to do to get ready for the world I think we would like to have, if we thought about it. I just would really hope we begin to mobilize our thoughts and ultimately our resources toward creating a new future for Afrikan people. That we revise and revitalize the continent so we will be safe wherever we live, anywhere in the world.

And for the young, there was an old Bible verse that my mother emphasized when I was growing up, I still live by it and think of it all the time. One of the few I can remember completely. It was II Timothy 2:15 which says, ‘Study to show yourself approved unto God, not unto man, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.'”

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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The City of East Point Mourns the Passing of Dr. Asa Hilliard

 EAST POINT, GEORGIA (August 14, 2007) – – The City of East Point is saddened by the passing of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III,  teacher,  psychologist, historian and a long-time resident of the City of East  Point, Georgia, with his wife, the Honorable Patsy Jo Hilliard, former Mayor of the City of East Point, and their family.  Dr and Mayor Hilliard were in Egypt; and, per reports we have received, Dr. Hilliard passed in Egypt from complications associated with the contraction of malaria. 

Mayor Hilliard will return to the City of East Point with her husband’s body Wednesday, August 15, 2007.  The body will be taken to Gus Thornhill Funeral Home, in the City of East Point.

The family,  including sons Asa G. Hilliard, IV and Michael Hakim  Hilliard, Esq.; daughters Dr. Patricia Hilliard Nunn and Robi Hilliard Herron; and grandchildren will join Mayor Macon as we welcome  Mayor Hilliard upon her return Wednesday at 3:00 PM.  Details and  arrangements will be finalized by the family after the return of Mayor Hilliard to the City of East Point.

“The City of East Point is truly saddened by the  passing of one of our outstanding ambassadors,” stated East Point Mayor, Joseph L. Macon.”Dr. Hilliard was a brilliant educator who was recognized for his commitment to excellence worldwide.  He will be

truly missed.  We have lowered our flags to half staff and offer our deepest sympathy to Mayor  Hilliard and her family.  They are in our hearts and  prayers.” 

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Details for Asa G Hilliard Homegoing

Wednesday, August 22nd (his 74th birthday)

Martin Luther King , Jr International Chapel Noon

6pm for Viewing 6-8pm for of Acclamation of Legacy and Community

Thursday, August 23

11am @ Martin Luther King, Jr International Chapel

830 Westview Drive, SW



In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:


PO Box 357171

Gainesville, FL 32635

Per Maat Foundation, Inc was formed to educate the public about African and African diaspora history and culture. It is a not-for-profit, tax deductible Georgia Corporation.

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Georgia State Professor Asa Hilliard Dies in Egypt

By Ibram Rogers

Aug 15, 2007

About 200 members of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) gathered Tuesday morning in Luxor, Egypt, at the tomb of Thutmose IV to commemorate the passing of one of the organization’s founders, the renowned multi-faceted scholar – Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III.

Hilliard died Sunday in Cairo, Egypt, 10 days shy of his 74th birthday. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but one source says that he died of malaria, which he contracted in Ghana where he was enstooled as a king and another says that he was sick before he left the United States.

Whatever the cause of his death, Hilliard joined the pantheon of ancestors doing what he loved – teaching about the contributions of ancient Egypt to human civilization, in a place that he loved – the Nile Valley. He will also leave a legacy as the celebrated conductor of the modern African-centered educational movement. 

“There is no educational scholar who has impacted the way we educate young people more than Dr. Asa Hilliard,” says Molefi Asante, a professor of African-American Studies at Temple University, who just returned from Nigeria to the news. “Asa was a

multidisciplinary and multitalented intellectual. He has inspired generations to see ancient Egypt as the classical civilization of the Black World. I have known him for more than 35 years and during that time he has been a lightening rod for social, educational, and political transformation.”

In addition to being an integral part of the African-centered  educational community and the Black Studies family, Hilliard was a vital constituent of Black Atlanta. He was the chairman of the programs committee of the highly influential 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.

The organization is mourning his death, issuing a statement that in part says: “Dr. Hilliard served as a formidable catalyst for social change as well as a beacon for the preservation and advocacy of African cultures throughout the world. His impact upon our organization, its members and the communities we serve has been immeasurable. The nation has experienced a significant loss.”

Hilliard’s final public lecture was on Aug. 7.  He was the speaker for the opening plenary session in Egypt for ASCAC’s 24th Annual Ancient Kemetic Studies Conference.  His lecture was titled: “From Sah, Spdt, Spd to the Drinking Gourd: ASCAC, KMT and Pan Africanism Not to Perish.”

Dr. Greg Carr, an executive board member of ASCAC who attended the lecture, says Hilliard did not appear to be his normal energetic self. 

 However, he still managed to dig down deep and give a powerful lesson about the importance of “carrying ourselves with a deep historical consciousness,” says Carr, an associate professor of Afro-American Studies at Howard University. “He implored us to raise our consciousness and enter the world as historical beings. He consistently emphasized that we pursue intellectual excellence, really be responsible to our communities and teach our children how to explore and engage.”

The next day – Aug. 8 – ASCAC held a banquet where the preeminent Black psychologist Dr. Na’im Akbar of Florida State University gave the conference’s keynote speech. Hilliard, who was on the main dais, had to be escorted out during Akbar’s speech because he was so ill.

“That’s the last time he appeared publicly,” Carr says.

Hilliard flew to Cairo and over the next four days his conditioned worsened until he passed away on Sunday. Hilliard and his wife, Patsy Jo, have four children.  

On Tuesday, ASCAC conducted a ritual in the Valley of the Kings for Hilliard -who was the organization’s first international vice president.It was at the tomb of Thutmose IV, who was the eighth pharaoh during the 18th Egyptian dynasty.

“We did a libation, a ritual for him of ancestor return in the Valley of the Kings,” says Carr, in a telephone interview from Luxor. “In that ritual we noted that Asa Hilliard was in so many ways the founder of the modern African-centered education movement. He believed in the natural genius of African children and he believed in the purpose and function of education as it relates to developing our people.

We like to refer to him in ASCAC as our Ptah-Hotep because in so many ways he was our wise instructor.”

Source: AERA Current News— Stafford Hood and Wanda J. Blanchett

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Thank YOU, Rudy. Like many people, Dr Asa Hilliard who have dedicated their lives to serving others, Nana Baffour had several different phases in his life and career. I met him back in the early 70s  at Stanford University when he went around to different campuses

giving a slide show called, “Free Your Mind: Return to the Source”. It was life-changing. Before that he had been in Liberia with the Peace Corps. He had a long and distinguished career. What I loved most about him was his love for our culture and the Black family—here and there. He was a giant.—Joyce

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The African American Studies Department at Temple University mourns the loss of our great elder Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (aka Nana Baffour Amankwatia, II. . . .  As he joins the circle of ancestors, we rejoice his entry into the spirit realm and give thanks for this wise and humble elder.  Might our hearts be consoled by the lifetime of lessons that he has left for us as our teacher, scholar, father, brother, mentor, and friend. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones and share in the loss experienced by the multitude of lives that he has touched.

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The State of African Education (April 200)

Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

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The Price of Civilization

Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Price of Civilization is a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. Sachs finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, offering shortsighted solutions such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to address complex economic problems that require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that we have profoundly underestimated globalization’s long-term effects on our country, which create deep and largely unmet challenges with regard to jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America’s single biggest economic failure, Sachs argues, is its inability to come to grips with the new global economic realities. Sachs describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. . . . Sachs offers a plan to turn the crisis around. He argues persuasively that the problem is not America’s abiding values, which remain generous and pragmatic, but the ease with which political spin and consumerism run circles around those values. He bids the reader to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and one another.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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