May 24, 1996

Last week we played an excerpt of a speech by Molefi Asante, a Temple University Professor who developed a concept called Afrocentricity, which challenges Euro-centric public education in America. We received such an overwhelming response to that speech, that we decided to bring you a different excerpt today. Molefi Asante’s ideas are controversial because he raises some fundamental questions about the nature of democracy in a multicultural society. Some academicians have called Asante’s Afrocentric theories mythical nonsense — a recent book by Mary Lefkowitz is called Not Out of Africa — but Asante counters that much of Eurocentric history is based in myth not fact. Molefi Asante is a Professor at Temple University. He’s the co-author of "African Intellectual Heritage", a new collection of essays, praise songs, and speeches written by Africans and African Americans over the centuries.