MOLEFI KETE ASANTE New Book 400 Years of Witnessing: A Memoir of a People 1619-2019 HAS BEEN RELEASED!

I have read a number of poems throughout my years as a scholar. Many of them offer profound expressions of literary artistry and insight. However, never before I have read poems such as what Dr. Molefi K. Asante has presented in 400 Years. Touched to my core by the carefully considered and soul-stirring words of poems such as Ancestral Gathering, Oyo Reborn, and I Call for Oduduwa in the Belly of Odin, I found myself moved to engage in ancestral prayer and reflective spiritual meditation and stillness just to process and appreciate the full magnitude of these writings. This book is a brilliant continuation of Dr. Molefi K. Asante’s valued contributions to the Afrocentric paradigm and creates another avenue for people interested in Afrocentricity access.

-KenZoe Brian Selassie-Okpe, Ph.D
Professor/Dean, School of English
City College of San Francisco.

Molefi Kete Asante is an activist intellectual who is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. He is also President, 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 has written 85 books, among the most recent are The American Demagogue, Revolutionary Pedagogy, The History of Africa, Classical Africa, An Afrocentric Manifesto, The Afrocentric Idea, As I Run Toward Africa; African Pyramids of Knowledge; Facing South: An African Orientation to Knowledge. Asante has published more than 500 articles and is considered the most published African American scholar as well as one of the most distinguished authors in the African world. He has published three previous books of poetry, Love Dance, Break of Dawn, and Epic in Search of African Kings. 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. Asante completed his M.A. at Pepperdine and 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 125 Ph.D. dissertations in the fields of Communication and African American Studies. He is the founder of the theory of Afrocentricity. Asante was born in Valdosta, Georgia, of Sudanese (Nubian) and Nigerian (Yoruba) heritage. He is one of sixteen children. He is married to Ana Yenenga, a Costa Rican, with Akan ancestry via Jamaica. He has three children, Mario, Eka, and MK, Jr., who was born in Zimbabwe. He is a poet, novelist, dramatist, and a painter. The Utne Reader called him one of the “100 Leading Thinkers” in America. He regularly consults with heads of state in Africa and has become one of the most popular lecturers on the United States of Africa. In 1995 he was made a traditional king, Nana Okru Asante Peasah, Kyidomhene of Tafo, Akyem, Ghana. He was recently made a Wanadu of the Court of Hassimi Maiga, the Amiru of Songhay. Asante trained journalists in Zimbabwe immediately after the 2nd Chimurenga and was the mentor to the first group of liberated journalists from Zimbabwe Institute of Mass Communication. He is the International Organizer for Afrocentricity International, a global African organization involved in establishing new pathways to African identity and culture seeking to create a global consciousness.
The poems in this book were written over three years as Asante made a mad dash to complete the book before the end of 2019 in celebration of the 2o kidnappees who landed in Virginia. A small humanities’ grant from Temple University allowed him to complete the project.
His websites are: www.asante.net, www.themkainstitute.com, www.dyabukam.com

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