April 19, 2013 |
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY professor Molefi Kete Asante, who launched the nation's first doctoral program in African-American studies at Temple 25 years ago, will again chair the university's African-American studies department, he said Thursday. Asante served as department chair from 1984 to 1997, when he was ousted amid allegations of plagiarism - which he has said were unfounded. He has had a rocky relationship with Teresa Scott Soufas, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, since she arrived at Temple in 2007.
October 14, 1998 |
Until she took an introductory course on African American studies at Temple University several years ago, Miriam Ma'at-Ka-Re Monges never dreamed she could make a career out of the field. But there Monges stood Monday, a West Philadelphia native, reporting to a group of African American scholars on her new book, Kush: The Jewel of Nubia, about an early African civilization that had been little studied. Like Monges, others in the room had earned their doctorates in African American studies from Temple and had traveled back to Philadelphia from their teaching posts at colleges and universities throughout the country.
October 17, 1996 |
Molefi K. Asante, whose pioneering advocacy of black studies has brought him both fame and controversy, will step down no later than June 30 as chairman of Temple University's African American studies department. Carolyn T. Adams, the dean of Temple's College of Arts and Sciences, said yesterday that all of the department's faculty members, including Asante, agreed with her office to launch a nationwide search for a successor. Asante will have spent 12 years as department head if he serves out the academic year.
April 15, 2015 |
TEMPLE University is in trouble. The communities surrounding the North Philadelphia campus are up in arms about its expansion and displacement of black and brown people. Growing numbers of students are upset at everything from sexual harassment and violence against women to the state of African-American studies to the $15-an-hour wage. But the board of trustees and the top administrators seem to be out of touch and unwilling to hear the voices from the community or its students.
August 14, 2012
Roy S. Bryce-Laporte, 78, a sociologist who led one of the nation's first African American studies departments, at Yale University, and did research that advanced understanding of blacks who came to the United States voluntarily rather than as slaves, died on July 31 in Sykesville, Md. His brother, Herrington J. Bryce, said that the cause was undetermined, but that he had had a series of small strokes. Dr. Bryce-Laporte was named director of Yale's new department of African American studies in 1969, when colleges and universities were recruiting black students and searching for ways to include their culture, history, and other concerns in the curriculum.
October 30, 1998 |
Harvard University philosopher and preeminent African American studies scholar Cornel West urged a brimming Rowan University audience yesterday not to wait until graduation to begin wrestling with America's enduring questions of race and class inequity. "There's still too much unjustified suffering in Glassboro, in L.A., in Moscow . . . in the world," West said, challenging nearly 1,000 students and faculty members gathered in Wilson Concert Hall to "situate yourself in a story bigger than you, locate yourself in a narrative grander than you. " The author of Race Matters and other books and essays on interracial relations, West, 45, appeared on campus for a talk sponsored jointly by Rowan's new president, Donald J. Farish, and its African American studies program.
June 25, 1989 |
Molefi Kete Asante, professor and chair of African American studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, will serve as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence for six weeks this summer at the Delaware County campus of Pennsylvania State University in Middletown Township. Asante is one of 11 minority scholars who will participate this summer in Penn State's second annual Scholars in Residence program. Under the program, minority scholars will teach at Penn State campuses at University Park, New Kensington, Delaware County and Harrisburg.
August 11, 2014 |
IN YET ANOTHER blow to Temple University's African American Studies Department, another professor, Iyelli Ichile, has suddenly resigned - three weeks before the start of the new school year. Ichile, who taught African-American studies and served as the undergraduate chairwoman, resigned Monday, citing family reasons, according to department chairman Molefi Asante. Classes at Temple are set to begin Aug. 25. The department was the target of protests last spring over the firing of professor Anthony Monteiro.
April 30, 2015 |
JUNE 13, 2008, was a Friday - Friday the 13th - a day that lurks in the minds of the superstitious as a time when the evil forces that interfere with our destinies get free reign. Be that as it may, that particular Friday the 13th was bad news for hundreds of African-American parents because it was the day their cherished private school was forced to close. Ivy Leaf School, which began providing an education for African-American students at a reasonable cost from its founding in 1965, succumbed to economic forces beyond its control.
August 10, 2014 |
A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, for Gwendolyn B. Brightful, 92, of Yeadon, a retired educator and crusader in the Philadelphia School District. Mrs. Brightful, who developed the district's first curriculum in African American studies, died Wednesday, July 23, of Alzheimer's disease at her daughter's home in Charlotte, N.C. Her memorial service is set for 1 p.m. at Yeadon Presbyterian Church, 541 Holly Rd. Mrs. Brightful retired in 1986 after 32 years of service to the district.