March 05, 2007

Scholar Explores Problems And Challenges Of "United States Of Africa

Dr. Molefi Kete Assante, an African scholar, presents "Toward the African Renaissance: The Problems and Prospects of a New Africa" at 7 p.m. on March 8 in the Cooperage. The event will be streamed live on the web. To view visit

Asante discusses the dream for a United States of Africa, a movement that begun by Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first president. Ghana celebrates its 50th year on March 6.

He examines the prospects for an African Renaissance based on the idea of an African Federative Union and present the prospects and problems of a continental government in Africa.

Asante is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University where he created the first Ph.D. Program in African American Studies in 1987.

He has published more scholarly books than any contemporary African author and has recently been recognized as one of the ten most widely cited African Americans. Black Issues in Higher Education recognized him as one of the most influential leaders in the last 15 years. As an activist scholar, he believes it is not enough to know, one must act to humanize the world.

The African Union honored him as one of the twelve top scholars of African descent when it invited him to give one of the keynote addresses at the Conference of Intellectuals of Africa and the Diaspora in Dakar in 2004.

For more information, contact Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, at (707) 664-2057.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057