Black Positive People : An Aware Profile: Dr. Na'im Akbar

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    An Aware Profile: Dr. Na'im Akbar

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    Host DeeDee Sharp interviews clinical psychologist, educator and author Dr. Na'im Akbar. Essence Magazine proclaimed him as one of the world's preeminent psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach to modern psychology.

    Dr. Akbar has served as associate professor at Norfolk State University, was chairman of Morehouse College's Psychology Department and is currently on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. He has served on numerous boards, including the National Association of Black Psychologists, and also served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Black Psychology. He was the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award. He has been written about in numerous national and international publications & magazines, and has been interviewed on numerous TV shows, including Tony Brown's Journal, The Geraldo Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show.


     
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    KNOW THY SELF
    By Dr. Na'im Akbar

    ... Consciousness is a valued human asset and every people seek ways to enhance their knowledge-particularly their self-knowledge. There is a mistaken notion that consciousness is a finite resource and many people engage in the hoarding of these resources under the assumption that if they don't accumulate more than others then they will be less effective as human beings. There has also been the discovery by some that other human beings can be subjugated and made servile by limiting their consciousness of themselves and by imposing certain selective aspects of alien knowledge on others. It is the recognition of the consequence of losing self-knowledge and being overwhelmed by the knowledge of another group of people that inspired Dr. Carter G. Woodson's' description of the process which he called "mis-education." Though Dr. Woodson applied the concept of "mis-education" specifically to the condition and circumstances of African-Americans, such a process can ultimately undermine the human endeavors of any people. In Dr. Woodson's case study of the African-American, he demonstrated the consequence of an entire group of people being systematically deprived of the knowledge of themselves. He described the personal and collective consequences in the behavior and conduct of people who lost their self-awareness because of a process of deliberate "mis-education."

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