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News has been received that Dr. Asa Hilliard just passed away. he was in Egypt and it seems he passed from complications from malaria. The passing of this giant among scholars will leave an intellectual void as well as a sadness for the passing of a friend and mentor. This news was received from Asa's daughter.

Asa Hilliard has enlightened the world with his brilliant research and his dedication to the people of the African Diaspora. He taught many of us how to honor our ancestors with our work in the present to ensure the future of African people.

Asa Hilliard Biography

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A professor of educational psychology, Asa Hilliard III was born in Galveston, Texas, on August 22, 1933. After completing high school, Hilliard attended the University of Denver, earning his B.A. in 1955, his M.A. in counseling in 1961 and an Ed.D. in educational psychology in 1963.

After earning his bachelor's in psychology, Hilliard began teaching in the Denver Public School system, where he remained until 1960. That year, he began as a teaching fellow at the University of Denver, where he remained until he earned his Ph.D. Joining the faculty at San Francisco State University in 1963, Hilliard spent the next eighteen years there. While at San Francisco State, Hilliard first became department chairman and spent his final eight years as dean of education. He also served as a consultant to the Peace Corps and as superintendent of schools in Monrovia, Liberia for two years. Departing from San Francisco State, Hilliard became a professor at Georgia State University. Today he is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education, serving in both the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

Hilliard is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and serves as vice president. He has served as an expert witness in court testimony on several federal cases regarding test validity and bias, and is the co-developer of an educational television series, Free Your Mind, Return to the Source: African Origins. He has written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics, including ancient African history, teaching strategies and public policy. Hilliard is the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Association of Black Psychologists, a Knight Commander of the Human Order of the African Redemption and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teachers of Education. He and his wife, Patsy Jo, have four children.

Hilliard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 6, 2003.

Though we will miss your willingness to share the knowledge and your continual evaluation with advice to always do better, we know that the circle of the ancestors is waiting to welcome you home.

God bless and keep your family for I know that as they celebrate your eternity they will miss your presence.

Peace and safe passage

Serwa Kokumo Tuponile

a/k/a Dr. Evelyn Bethune

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