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Internationally Known Afrocentric Scholar, Psychologist Na’im Akbar to Visit Ohio Wesleyan University

February 26, 2008

Na’Im Akbar
DELAWARE – His message is clear: “Black people in America have much greater inner power than they realize, but they must re-discover themselves in order to use it.” It’s a message that Na’im Akbar, Ph.D., has shared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Geraldo Show,” and most recently during C-SPAN’s Feb. 23 “The State of the Black Union 2008” broadcast.

Akbar, a Florida State University psychology professor, will discuss this topic and others at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in Benes Room A of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, will conclude a month’s worth of special Black History Month programming on the university campus.

Akbar earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Pennsylvania’s Edinboro and Lincoln universities, and has spoken at more than 900 colleges, conferences, and symposia worldwide.

His most recent book, “Akbar Papers in African Psychology” (2004) is a compilation of essays representing his conceptualization of “this place or perspective that we have identified as ‘African Psychology.’” Akbar’s other books include “Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery,” “The Community of Self,” “Visions for Black Men,” and “Know Thyself.” For more about Akbar, visit www.naimakbar.com.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.