Asa Grant Hilliard III

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Asa Grant Hilliard III
Born August 22, 1933
Galveston, Texas
Died August 13, 2007
Cairo, Egypt
Occupation Educator, psychologist, Egyptologist, and professor
Spouse(s) Patsy Jo Hilliard

Asa G. Hilliard III (August 22, 1933 – August 13, 2007) 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.


In 1981, Hilliard introduced the concept of "Baseline Essays" (short stories "of the experience of a particular geo-cultural group within a particular academic area from earliest times to the present" [1]) to the Portland, Oregon school district. This resulted in a collection of essays advocating Afrocentrism, authored by "six scholars,"[2] known as the African-American Baseline Essays, which were adopted by the district in 1989.[3]

He was also the recipient of awards including the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Association of Black Psychologists, a Knight Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teachers of Education. Hilliard was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Personal life[edit]

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."


Died of Malaria.

Published work[edit]

  • The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization
  • SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind
  • 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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