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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 DemagogueRevolutionary PedagogyThe History of Africa, Classical Africa, An Afrocentric Manifesto, The Afrocentric Idea, As I Run Toward Africa; African Pyramids of KnowledgeFacing 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 DanceBreak 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.

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