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One of the greatest challenges of correcting the miseducational process is to provide adequate information so that one is able to learn the characteristics and content of ones tribal self.

KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

They do not see the benefit of our children having special learning opportunities at least until they have a func- tional knowledge of who they are. Since we have been miseducated. Every civilized group of people establishes mechanisms by which this process of trans- mission is insured. Autonomy also means coop- eration. Na’im Akbar as a special treasure. This power should provide us with mastery of sufficient skills to obtain from the physical environment whatever minimal resources we need to insure our survival.

He has served on the Boards of Directors of a variety of important civic and professional organizations, including several terms on the Board of the National Association of Black Psychologists, which he was elected president in However, the approach to learning about our physical being must keep this relationship in mind.

What has this book done for you? No systematic effort toward change has been possible, for, taught the same economics, history, literature and religion which have established the present code of morals, the Negros mind has been brought under the control of his oppressor. Divinely given Will which will help them to master their physical and mental selves.

DuBois and Carter G. We would certainly seek to control enough of our resources to insure that we w’ould lose our disproportionate representation among the poverty and criminal groups of this nation and around the world. If after leaving school they have the opportunity to give out to Negroes what traducers of the race would like to have it learn such persons may thereby earn a living at teaching or preaching what they have been taught but they never become a constructive force in the development of the race.

Joan of Arc, Galileo. This is no more a form of reverse racism or voluntary’ segregation than is the insistence by Catholics that their children should be educated in Catholic schools particularly in the early grades. See 1 question about Know Thyself…. Though the concepts that he presents are highly sophisticated, they are presented in a concise and simple way that readers with minimal thyzelf and possibly no familiarity with mainstream psychology will be able to comprehend the ideas from his books and increase qkbar understanding of themselves.


Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar

The Ancient Africans did not seem oriented towards understanding nature for the purpose of classification and domination, but instead as a means of gain- ing insight into the human self. Being given the names of their masters or from the cultural traditions of their masters actually identified them in very basic ways as the property of their masters. African-American philosophers, thinkers and artists should seek to influence the vision of the world as well. It is for this reason that peo- ple who have a functional knowledge of themselves and their identity will very carefully guard the education of their children to insure that they are taught those things which insure the development of their true identity.

These are the images that inspire the repetition of the feats of greatness that their ancestors have achieved. To allow these teachi ” How wonderful it is to be taught by a free teacher, a spiritual leader, a member of our family who truly loves the family, an architect of transforming processes, a defender of African people know Dr.

Such shared experiences will help each generation to better grasp the significance of this part of their self.

It’s a timeless piece, not because the problem is irresolvable, but because it so clearly identifies the far- reaching behavioral, social and economic consequences of this process. Consistent with the European-American focus on the physical and mate- rial as the essence of what is real, the way that is most acceptable for their dis- cussion of the tribal ancestral self is in their acknowledgement of genes and bio- logical inheritance as the vehicle by which the ancestors make tfieir presence known m our self.

The very structure of the culture serves as an educational device to 13 generate me collective visiun ui me u.

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Though we are not very familiar with the Chinese, Persian, Nubian or traditional Yoruba system of education, they would no doubt focus on their presence on the world’s stage as the emphasis for their educational system as well. There is no wonder that die Ancient African people taught the world and later transmitted by the Greek and Roman students of Africa that the ultimate instruction for human growth and transformation was: In order to influence the vision, we must have the power of information as well as inspiration.

Again, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad observes: It is intended to begin the educational process of let- ting the person know what their true human identity is. People give greater autonomous power to their bodies than they attribute to the spirits or lives that inhabit those bodies.


The Kongo Art of Babysitting, by K. Zkbar ideas in From Miseducation to Education caught the imagination many hundreds of people who had never heard of Dr. The escape of Frederick Douglas, the work of Harriette Tubman and the many others that gave their lives in the cause of abolition should be told to every African-American child.

Whether it is an Ugandan child or a Japanese child, those charged with the role of educing what they really are, must show images of the ancestral contributors to their legacy. This issue of identity lays the foundation for what the person will be able to do and what they must learn. If the name does no more than identify the day of ones birth or the nature of the weather it is intended to communicate the connection between the person and the world around her or him. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Studies and for eight years was the associate editor of the Journal of Black Psychology.

It is this common ancestral heritage that ties the tribe together in much the same way that the family is tied together through its shared parentage.

Our cell is unique and special and it will deter- mine how we interact with the larger world, but our self is more ,now just a cell. The process continues and mod- em European- American civilization represents the result of this evolution.

You do not need to send him to the back door. Translated to a broader dimension, all Know Thyself of the resources that are needed for advancement of the physical being are locat- ed in the physical environment.

The recognition that technology must follow certain patterns of nature and should always be respectful of the intimate relationship between nature and the nami self pre- vented the abuse of nature in the way that it has been systematically assaulted over thyxelf last few generations of human life.

People of the African continent, particularly of Sub-Saharan Africa have been under an almost continuous siege for the last several hundred years. It permits Caucasian people to continue to make the claim of a genetical- ly determined inferiority in the intellectual functioning of Black people and a par- ticular gift of genius given to the white people.

Of course, there are personal weaknesses that exist in the personal self as well.