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To follow these teachings is to guarantee our liberation and to guide us toward our divine destiny. There is no wonder that die Ancient African people taught the world and later transmitted by the Greek and Roman students of Africa that the ultimate instruction for human growth and transformation was: In this volume, we will refer to the land of the Great Nile Valley Civilization as Kemit as these great African people referred to themselves.

Power in this sense does not require the conquest of other people but only the acquisition of those things which have been realistically assigned for the advancement of ones own people as participants in the human community.

The proper education of the African-American should offer the transmis- sion of acquired immunities. People can be mammals and engage in many animal-like processes of primitive conduct of survival and life. We assume that the environment of the outer world and our inner resources together have all that is needed to insure the comfortable and effective advancement of the human family.

In order to become real- ly human our humanity must be educedbrought forth or brought out. In addition to the moral teachings that emerge from the concept of the soul as the core of the self, the self-concept that is taught takes on a different form. The same patterns were reflected in their studies of numbers Numerology and their studies of the principles and processes of transformation that they called Alchemy.

He has served on the Boards of Directors of a variety of important civic and professional organizations, including several terms on the Board of the National Association of Black Psychologists, which he was elected president in However, the uncritical imi- tation of the greatness of other communities robs a people of the special contri- bution that comes from the uniqueness of their particular legacy.

For this will not only insure a mutually beneficial community based on Maat. Human beings in their highest points of development e. African young peop e just like their European counterparts must fully understand the significant role that their people have played in the evolution of civilization.


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Miseducation in its foundation is the cultivation of an alien identity. Certainly, one would not expect most European-American teachers to identify’ themselves as the source of the deadly social disease ot racism.

Thieves and knoq occur in almost all societies and they clearly rep- resent a form of social disease and must be dealt with. Most communities are very respectful of this dimension of the self and show par- ticular reverence through rituals and practices that acknowledge the continued spiritual presence of those people who have lived and contributed to our being but The Definition of Self are no longer on the physical plane.

Probably, the earliest step in this educational process is selecting a name.

If a group of people only study their own achievements then they will engage in a kind of repetitive self-murder that makes them perpetuate the same errors without correction. Nam has been greatness and failure in all tribes of human beings.

Documents and ideals, which define the collective vision of a people, are essential for fostering this process. Again this is consistent with the way of the Ancient African people who studied and expressed God in all akbae they did from their language, to their art, to their monuments and buildings.

We would certainly seek to control enough of our resources to insure that we w’ould lose our disproportionate representation among the poverty akbad criminal groups of this nation and around the world. All men are not alike and all women or not alike. When we look closely at the European-American education system with which we are already quite familiar we see that the fundamental idea behind this system is exactly this objective of self-knowledge. These are the images that inspire the repetition of the feats of greatness that their ancestors have achieved.

They fully understood the gross limitation of repro- ducing their flesh in the young without reproducing their minds.

A good educational system realizes that the true power of ones manhood and womanhood is the unique and special way that we learn to express it. Mozart, Queen Victoria or Michaelangelo, they are being invited to share in the legacy of their great predecessors.

KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

Lee and are encouraged to wave Confederate flags in support of the powers which sought to keep their ancestors in slavery. Jan 08, Jerry Williams rated it really liked it. What has this book done for you? Imhotep lived many centuries before Hippocrites and the medical ethics and tech- niques that Imhotep had developed no doubt influenced Hippocrites.


It is actually an ideal that urges the individual to achieve their highest expression as a part of a community of excellence. The person who learns to love their self also develops respect for the Divine core that is within. The desire for immortality ranks high in the religious beliefs of people because they seek to presen e and extend their influence.

Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar

He could eat if he worked, but he could also work and not eat depending upon the arbitrary decision of a slave mas- ter. People will gain a new level of appreciation for Africa and her genius if they are able to study the true meaning of African Art and the philo- sophical conceptions that underlie this Art. In Judeo- Christian and Islamic societies, many of the names are from the religious tradition and represent spiritual or inner qualities that the knowing or educated humans seek to develop in the newcomer.

We bring assets that are from the history of our families and from the spiritual domain, as well as some special per- thyseelf energies that determine how thysrlf will interact with the world and accom- plish the tasks of our life.

We use the butterfly as a metaphor to understand the invisible development that takes place in our spiritual evolution.

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Our bodies, like all other components of our nature, constitute an aspect of who we are and we must see its processes as a means of understanding higher and less visible parts of ourselves.

This power should provide us with mastery of sufficient skills to obtain from the physical environment whatever minimal resources we need to insure our survival. One of these educational practices is Ritual.

The Study of God This aspect of the education in self-knowledge creates a serious conflict for the European- American educational process. Do that which is right that you may live long upon the earth. In African education, the student seeks to understand his or her spiritual mission in life rather than just a vocation.

From the study of the vulture to the study of the beetle, zoology and psychology were intimately connected. The African conception of a holistic self required that moral instruction should be at the core of the educational process.