Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families


Remembering Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III – We Must Continue to Reclaim Our History!


Dr. Asa G. Hilliard
August 22, 1933 - August 13, 2007

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Historian, Educator, Psychologist
Master Teacher

Today marks the 81st anniversary of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard's birth. We celebrate Dr. Hilliard on this day by revisiting one of his brilliant lectures, and suggesting the reading or re-reading of any of his classic texts (two featured below).

Don't just listen to the lecture, however. We have to do our homework, and do the additional reading that more fully explores the importance of African history in the socialization of African / African American children and youth. We have to do our homework and read, read, read!

We miss your physical presence, Dr. Hilliard, and your example and influence continues to live on.


SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind - Dr. Asa G. Hillaird, III

SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III


maroon within us - asa hilliard

The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III



Asa G. Hilliard on Cultural Continuity Throughout the African Enslavement Process

GSE - Asa Hilliard - Maroon Within p.19


Dr. Asa G. Hilliard: What Do We Tell Our Children?

As we approach seven years since his transition from this physical world, Dr. Asa G. Hilliard remains one of our great master teachers.

The brief clip below features Dr.  Hilliard sharing the key messages and ideas we should be teaching our children to ensure their healthy growth and development. A core problem driving much of the madness we see within the African American community is a lack of historical, cultural and spiritual groundedness as African people within the Americas. It's absolutely true that no historically and culturally conscious people would live and interact with one another the way many of us do.

So what do we do? How do we interpret and understand our experiences in context? What are the key messages we should tell our children?

Below are a few of the key themes from Dr. Hilliard's presentation.

We should be telling our children...

  • that what is natural is to be whole, to be in balance and harmony as a family, as a nuclear family and as an ethnic family.
  • that they are divine.
  • that they are creative.
  • that they must develop good character.
  • what recovery (cultural, spiritual) looks like.

And how do we go about telling our children these things? Just as Dr. Hilliard encourages us, 'We tell them by doing that which we want our children to learn and be/become.'

Indeed, there was a time when we were whole.  And then came trouble...

So what does trouble look like, particularly in a racial/cultural sense?

How do you keep people from becoming and remaining whole?

  • Erase the memory of the people you want to dominate (the memory of what cultural recovery and wholeness looks and feels like).
  • Undermine and destroy a group's collective cultural identity.
  • Teach people about the superiority of their oppressor over themselves.
  • Control the socialization process of the people you want to dominate.

It's absolutely up to us, and within our power, to recover and reclaim 'our way'.