Asa Grant Hilliard III
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Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III
Born August 22, 1933
Died August 13, 2007
Occupation educator, psychologist, Egyptologist, and professor.
Spouse(s) Patsy Jo Hilliard
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (August 22, 1933, Galveston, Texas - August 13, 2007, Cairo, Egypt) was an African American professor of educational psychology who worked on indigenous ancient African history (ancient Egyptian), culture, education and society. He was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.
A teacher, psychologist, and historian, he began his career in the Denver Public Schools. He earned a B.A. in Educational Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Denver, where he also taught in the College of Education and in the Philosophy colloquium of the Centennial Scholars Honors Program.
Hilliard served on the faculty at San Francisco State University for eighteen years. During that time he was a Department Chair for two years, Dean of Education for eight years, and was consultant to the Peace Corps and Superintendent of Schools in Monrovia, Liberia for two years. He participated in the development of several national assessment systems, such as proficiency assessment for professional educators, and developmental assessments of young children and infants. He was active in forensic psychology, serving as an expert witness on the winning side in several landmark federal cases on test validity and bias.
Hilliard was a founding member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and served as its first Vice President. He is the co-developer of a popular educational television series, Free Your Mind, Return To The Source: African Origins, as well as having produced videotapes and educational materials on African History through his production company, Waset Education Productions.
Hilliard wrote numerous technical papers, articles, and books on testing, Ancient African History, teaching strategies, public policy, cultural styles, and child growth and development. In addition, he consulted with many of the leading school districts, universities, government agencies, and private corporations on valid assessment, curriculum equity and teacher training. Several of his programs in pluralistic curriculum, assessment, and valid teaching have become national models.
He was also the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Association of Black Psychologists, a Knight Commander of the Humane Order of the African Redemption and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teachers of Education. Hilliard was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Hilliard was married to Patsy Jo Hilliard, former mayor of East Point, Georgia, with whom he had four children and seven grandchildren.
He declared of his work: "I am a teacher, a psychologist and a historian. As such, I am interested in the aims, the methods and the content of the socialization processes that we ought to have in place to create wholeness among our people."
The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization
SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind
Black Children: Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles (Paperback)
Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach (Paperback)
The Teachings of Ptahhotep (Paperback)
The Price They Paid: Desegregation in an African American Community (Paperback)
Infusion of African & African American Content in the School Curriculum (Paperback)
African Power: Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of the Culture Wars (Paperback)
Rx for Racism: Imperatives for America's Schools (Article; Phi Delta Kappan April 1990)
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