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Molefi K. Asante

PositionProfessor and Chair at the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia

Molefi Kete Asante is an activist intellectual who is President, Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, and Professor and Chair at the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He also serves as the International Organizer for Afrocentricity International. Asante is a Guest Professor, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China and Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa.

Asante has published 83 books, among the most recent are Erasing Racism: The Survival of the American Nation, Revolutionary Pedagogy, The History of Africa; African Pyramids of Knowledge; Facing South to Africa, and, As I Run Toward Africa. Asante has published more than 500 articles and is considered the most published African American scholar as well as one of the most distinguished authors in the African world. He has been recognized as one of the 10 most widely cited African scholars. Asante has been recognized as one of the most influential leaders in education.

He completed his BA at Oklahoma Christian, the M.A. at Pepperdine, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, at the age of 26, and was appointed a full professor at the age of 30 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At Temple University he created the first Ph.D. Program in African American Studies in 1988.

He serves on the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Council at UNISA. Dr. Asante is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Studies (1969) and was the President of the Civil Rights organization, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s chapter at UCLA in the 1960’s. In 1995 he was made a traditional king, Nana Okru Asante Peasah, Kyidomhene (CHEE-DOM-HENI) of Tafo, Akyem, Ghana. He was recently made a Wanadu of the Court of Hassimi Maiga, the Amiru of Gao, Songhay. Asante trained journalists in Zimbabwe immediately after the 2nd Chimurenga and was a mentor to the first group of liberated journalists from Zimbabwe Institute of Mass Communication. He is the International Organizer for Afrocentricity International, a global African organization involved in establishing new pathways to African identity, consciousness, unity, spirituality, and renaissance. Asante has received honorary doctorates and awards from several universities, including Pepperdine and New Haven.