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Molefi Kete Asante (born August 14, 1942) is a contemporary and progressive American scholar in the field of African studies and African American Studies. He is currently Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple Universitymarker, where he founded the first PhD program in African American Studies. Asante is known for his philosophy of Afrocentricity and transracial, intercultural, and international communication. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Studies and is the author of more than 65 books.


Molefi Kete Asante was born Arthur Lee Smith Jr. in Valdosta, Georgiamarker, USA, one of sixteen children of laborers Arthur and Lillie Smith. His father worked first in a peanut warehouse and then on the Georgia-Southern Railways.

Asante changed his name because he considered his former name a slave name. The first member of his family to graduate from college, Asante received his B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University in 1964, his M.A. from Pepperdine Universitymarker in 1965, and his Ph.D. from UCLAmarker in 1968, all in communication studies. He was appointed a full professor at the age of 30 at SUNY Buffalo.

Asante holds an Afrocentric view and has described Africa and particularly Egypt, as the birthplace of civilization. He has been criticized for these views and also for his disparaging attitude "about the right of white professors to teach Black American history." One of his main influences is the late Senegalese anthropologist-scientist Cheikh Anta Diop.

Asante has appeared in the documentary film 500 Years Later. It was written and produced by his son, author and filmmaker M.K. Asante Jr., and he is appearing in its sequel, directed by Owen Alik Shahadah and titled Motherland, in 2010.

Partial bibliography

  • African American History: A Journey of Liberation (Peoples Publishing Group, 2001, 1995)
  • Afrocentricity: The Theory of Social Change (African American Images/Africa World Press, 2003, 1988)
  • An Afrocentric Manifesto: Toward an African Renaissance (Polity Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0745641034
  • Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual Portrait (University of Sankore Press, 2007)
  • Classical Africa (National Press Books, 1994)
  • Contemporary Black Thought: Alternative Analyses in Social and Behavioral Science (Sage, 1980)
  • Contemporary Public Communication: Applications (Harper & Row, 1977)
  • Culture and Customs of Egypt (Greenwood Press, 2002)
  • Egypt vs. Greece and the American Academy (African American Images, 2002)
  • Encyclopedia of African Religion (Sage, 2009)
  • Encyclopedia of Black Studies (Sage, 2004) ISBN 978-0761927624
  • Erasing Racism: The Survival of the American Nation (Prometheus, 2009, 2003)
  • Handbook of Black Studies (Sage, 2006) ISBN 978-0761928409
  • Handbook of Intercultural Communication (Sage, 1979)
  • Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication (Sage, 1989)
  • Kemet, Afrocentricity, and Knowledge (Africa World Press, 1990)
  • Language, Communication, and Rhetoric in Black America (Harper & Row, 1972)
  • Malcolm X as Cultural Hero and Other Afrocentric Essays (Africa World Press, 1993)
  • Mass Communication: Principles and Practices (Macmillan, 1979)
  • 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (Prometheus, 2002)
  • Race, Rhetoric, and Identity: The Architecton of Soul (Humanity Books, 2005)
  • Rhetoric of Black Revolution (Allyn & Bacon, 1969)
  • Socio-Cultural Conflict between African American and Korean American (University Press of America, 2000)
  • Spear Masters: An Introduction to African Religion (University Press of America, 2007) ISBN 978-0761835745
  • The African American Atlas: Black History and Culture (Macmillan, 1998)
  • The Afrocentric Idea (Temple University Press, 1998, 1987)
  • The Book of African Names (Africa World Press, 1991)
  • The Egyptian Philosophers: Ancient African Voices from Imhotep to Akhenaten (African American Images, 2000)
  • The Global Intercultural Communication Reader (Routledge, 2008)
  • The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony (Routledge, 2007)
  • The Painful Demise of Eurocentrism: An Afrocentric Response to Critics (Africa World Press, 1999) ISBN 978-0865437432
  • The Scream of Blood: Desettlerism in Southern Africa (Sungai Books, 1998)
  • Thunder and Silence: The Mass Media in Africa (Africa World Press, 1992)
  • Transcultural Realities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Relations (Sage, 2001)
  • Transracial Communication (Prentice-Hall, 1973) ISBN 978-0139295058

Film list


  1. Molefi Kete Asante
  2. Ronald L. Jackson and Sonja Brown Givens, Black Pioneers in Communication Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.
  3. Dhyana Ziegler, ed. Molefi Kete Asante: In Praise and Criticism. Nashville, TN: Winston Derek, 1995.
  4. Molefi Kete Asante at Sage Publications.
  5. Ama Mazama, ed. Essays in Honor of an Intellectual Warrior, Molefi Kete Asante. Paris, France: Editions Menaibuc, 2008.
  6. Damian Thompson, "How Da Vinci Code Tapped Pseudo-Fact Hunger", Daily Telegraph, 2008-01-13.
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