Dr. Molefi Kete Asante
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante is Professor, Department of African American
Studies at Temple University. He is a Guest Professor, Zhejiang
University, Hangzhou, China.  Asante has published 70 books,
among the most recent are Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait
(2009),  Afrocentric Manifesto (2008); The History of Africa: The
Quest for Eternal Harmony (2007); Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual
Portrait (2006); Spear Masters: An Introduction to African Religion
(2006), co-authored with Emeka Nwadiora; Handbook of Black
Studies, (2005), co-edited with Maulana Karenga;  Encyclopedia of
Black Studies, (2004) and the Encyclopedia of African Religion
(2008),both co-edited with Ama Mazama;  Race, Rhetoric, and
Identity: The Architecton of Soul (2005);  Erasing Racism: The
Survival of the American Nation, (2009);  Ancient Egyptian
Philosophers (2000); Scattered to the Wind, Custom and Culture of
Egypt, and 100 Greatest African Americans. He is considered the
most published African American scholar and is recognized as one
of the most distinguished authors in African American Studies and

He has recently been recognized as one of the most widely cited
scholars. In the 1990s, he was recognized as one of the most
influential leaders in American education.  Asante completed his 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 1987. He has directed more than 130
Ph.D. dissertations. He has written more than 300 articles for journals
and magazines and is the founder of the theory of Afrocentricity.

Asante was born in Valdosta, Georgia in the United States., of
Sudanese and Nigerian heritage, one of sixteen children. He is a
poet, dramatist, and a painter. His work on African language,
multiculturalism, and human culture and philosophy has been cited
and reviewed by journals such as the Africalogical Perspectives,
Quarterly Journal of Speech, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of
Communication, American Scholar, Daedalus, Western Journal of
Black Studies, and Africaological Perspectives. The Utne Reader
called him one of the “100 Leading Thinkers” in America. Asante has
appeared on more than 50 television programs. In 2002 he received
the distinguished Douglas Ehninger Award for Rhetorical Scholarship
from the National Communication Association. He regularly consults
with the African Union. In 2004 he was asked to give one of the
keynote addresses at the Conference of Intellectuals of Africa and the
Diaspora in Dakar, Senegal. He was inducted into the Literary Hall of
Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center
at Chicago State University in 2004 and is the recipient of more than
100 national and international awards, including three honorary

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 chapter at UCLA in the
1960’s. In 1995 he was made a traditional king, Nana Okru Asante
Peasah, Kyidomhene of Tafo, Akyem, Ghana. His most recent work
was the first comprehensive Encyclopedia of African Religion which
he co-edited with Professor Ama Mazama. Asante trained journalists
in Zimbabwe immediately after the 2nd Chimurenga and was the
mentor to the first group of liberated journalists from Zimbabwe
Institute of Mass Communication. He is currently the United States
Chair of the Festival of Black World Arts to be held in Dakar and a
member of the Coordinating Council of Intellectuals of Africa and the
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