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
Time of Year: Spring in Georgia
Vacation Spot: Texas; Ghana
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
Hilliard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 6, 2003.