Expertise

Afrocentricity, Intercultural Communication, Westernity, Location Theory, Critique of Domination, African American Experiences, Ancient Africa

Biography

Molefi Kete Asante is Professor and Chair, Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He also serves as the International Organizer for Afrocentricity International and is President of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies. Asante is a Guest Professor, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China and Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa. Asante, often called the most prolific African American scholar, has published 85 books, among the most recent are Radical Insurgencies, The History of Africa, 3rd Edition; The African American People: A Global History;  Erasing Racism: The Survival of the American Nation; Revolutionary Pedagogy; African American History: A Journey of Liberation; African Pyramids of Knowledge; Facing South to Africa, and, the memoir, As I Run Toward Africa. Asante has published more than 500 articles and is considered one of the most quoted living African authors as well as one of the most distinguished thinkers 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. In 2019 the National Communication Association named him an NCA Distinguished Scholar, its highest honor, saying that his writings were “spectacular and profound”. He 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 has directed more than 135 Ph.D. dissertations making him the top producer of doctorates among African American scholars. He is the founder of the theory of Afrocentricity.

Asante was born in Valdosta, Georgia, of Sudanese (Nubian) and Nigerian (Yoruba) DNA heritage. He is one of sixteen children. He is married to Ana Yenenga, an African Costa Rican, with Akan ancestry via Jamaica.  He has three children, Mario, Eka, and MK, Jr., the latter was born in Zimbabwe. He has six grandchildren, Jamar Ramses, Ayaana, Aion, Nova, Akira, and Akila. He is a poet, novelist, dramatist, and a painter. His works on African language, African history, multiculturalism, and human communication and philosophy have 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 International Journal of Pan African Thought. The Utne Reader called him one of the “100 Leading Thinkers” in America. Asante has appeared on numerous television programs in Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. He is found on all social media. He has received many awards and honors for scholarship and political activism. He regularly consults with heads of state in Africa and has become one of the most popular lecturers on issues related to the United States of Africa.

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 HassimiMaiga, the Amiru of Gao, Songhay, Mali. 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. Asante has received honorary doctorates and awards from several universities, including PepperdineUniversity,  University of New Haven and in 2020 the University of South Africa. He remains a popular consultant for many school districts seeking to build Afrocentric curricula.

Curriculum Vitae

Website

Selected Publications

  • Molefi Kete Asante and Julie Morgan,  Privileging Communication In An Era of Conflict. Indianapolis: Kendall Hall, 2020.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  The Afrocentric Pan Africanist Vision. Lanham: Lexington, 2020.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Radical Insurgencies. New York: Universal Write, 2020
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  400 Years of Witnessing: The African American Presence in the American Nation. (Poetry), New York: Universal Write, 2019
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  The History of Africa. Third Edition. New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  The American Demagogue: Donald Trump in the Presidency of the United States. New York: Universal Write, 2018.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Revolutionary Pedagogy. New York: Universal Write, 2017
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Lynching Barack Obama: How Whites Tried to String Up the President. New York: Universal Write, 2016
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  African Pyramids of Knowledge. New York: Universal Write, 2015
  • Molefi Kete Asante and Clyde Ledbetter, Jr., eds., Contemporary Critical Thought in Africology and Africana Studies. New York: Lexington Press, 2015
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  The Dramatic Genius of Charles Fuller. New York: Universal Write, 2014.
  • Molefi Kete Asante, ed., Points of View: Writings on Race from Diverse Perspectives. Cognella, 2015.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  The History of Africa. New York and London: Routledge, 2014. Second Edition.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Stories from Egypt: Retold by an African Storyteller. Philadelphia: Ramses, 2014
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Facing South to Africa. New York: Lexington, 2014.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Herodotus On Egypt. Philadelphia: Ramses, 2013.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  The African American People: A Global History. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  As I Run Toward Africa. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm, 2012
  • Ama Mazama and Molefi Kete Asante, eds.,  Barack Obama: Political Frontiers and Racial Agency. Washington, DC: CQ, 2011.
  • Molefi Kete Asante, ed.  Ethiopia Unbound by E. Casely Hayford. Baltimore, Md.: Black Classic Press, 2010.
  • Molefi Kete Asante and Ron Hall,  Rooming in the Masters’ House. Boulder, Colo.: Paradigm Publishers, 2010.
  • Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama.  Afrocentric Infusion for Urban Teachers. Philadelphia: ANKH, 2010.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Speaking My Mother’s Tongue: Introduction to African American Language. Fort Worth: ThembaHill Press, 2010.
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Erasing Racism: The Social Survival of the American Nation. Amherst: NY: Prometheus Books, 2nd Edition, 2009
  • Molefi Kete Asante,  Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait. London: Polity Press, (2009).
  • Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama, eds.,  Encyclopedia of African Religion. 2 volumes. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2009.

Courses Taught

  • Harriet Tubman: The African American Warrior Queen
  • Theories and Methods of Africology
  • Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Afronography
  • Representing Race
  • Proseminar in Graduate Studies
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Ebonics: The Language of the Black Community
  • Seminar on W.E.B. Du Bois