Dr. Na’im Akbar
Noted Afrocentric Author & Psychologist
Dr. Na’im Akbar has been acclaimed by Essence Magazine as “one of the world’s preeminent Psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology.” Akbar has served as Associate Professor at Norfolk State University, was Chairman of the Morehouse College Psychology Department and is currently on the faculty in the…
Dr. Na’im Akbar has been acclaimed by Essence Magazine as “one of the world’s preeminent Psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology.”
Akbar has served as Associate Professor at Norfolk State University, was Chairman of the Morehouse College Psychology Department and is currently on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. . 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, wh which he was elected president in 1987. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Studies and for eight years was the associate editor of the Journal of Black Psychology.
Akbar is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology and has received many honors for his progressive and landmark contributions to his specialized studies of the psychology of African Americans. Among these are the “Annual Member Award” and recognition as a “Distinguished Black Psychologists” by the National Association of Black Psychologists for his outstanding scholarship and research in African Psychology.
The Mayors of Atlantic City, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi and Cincinnati, Ohio have declared “Na’im Akbar Days” in recogniton of his accomplishments. He was recipient of the Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award at Florida State University. In addition, Edinboro Unversity of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) have both awarded him honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Dr. Akbar has been enthusiastically received at well over 500 colleges, universities, conferences and symposia throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. In 1995, he was enstooled as a “Development Chief” at Abono Lakeside Village near Kumasi, Ghana.
Tens of thousands of people around the world have read and been inspired by his highly readable and significant books which include, SLAVERY, THE COMMUNIBREAKING THE CHAINS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TY OF SELF, VISIONS FOR BLACK MEN, and KNOW THY SELF, among other titles and numerous scholarly papers and articles. He has been interviewed on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Tony Brown’s Journal,” “The Geraldo Show” and a wide variety of other national and local television programs. Significant articles about him have appeared in Essence Magazine, The Washington Post, Jet Magazine and a large number of local, national and international newspapers. As a recipient of literally scores of plaques and awards, Akbar is recognized as one of the great thinkers and orators of our time.
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African-Centered Approach in Modern Psychology
African American Family & Relationships
Cultural Diversity & the Afrocentric Perspective
Our company’s work is to use the power of the word to grab the intellect, inspire the heart and transform the consciousness. From corporate structures, to Halls of Ivy and in some of the sanctuaries of the country’s most progressive houses of worship, people have marveled at the power of Dr. Akbar’s message and the healing from his work.
- Panel Participations
- Radio Interviews
- Television Interviews
All of Na’im Akbar’s presentations are intended to interpret African-American functioning within a positive and constructive context. Our focus is always to enhance the understanding of Black life and the identification of strengths and assets that support effective progress. The presentations are geared towards being understandable, enjoyable, informative and offering direction towards positive change.
- African-American Psychology
- African-American History
- Cultural Diversity from an Afrocentric context
- Spiritual Development
- Political Leadership
- Student Leadership
- African-American Education
- Counseling African-American clients
- Alcohol and drug abuse counseling
- African-American Family and Relationships
- African American Male Development
Na'im Akbar: An Interview
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