Asa G. Hilliard III

An African-American professor of educational psychology who worked on indigenous ancient African history (ancient Egyptian), culture, education and society.

He was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.


In 1981, Hilliard introduced the concept of “Baseline Essays” (short stories “of the experience of a particular geo-cultural group within a particular academic area from earliest times to the present” to the Portland, Oregon school district. This resulted in a collection of essays advocating Afrocentrism, authored by “six scholars, known as the African-American Baseline Essays, which were adopted by the district in 1989.

He was also the recipient of awards including the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Association of Black Psychologists, a Knight Commander of the Humane Order of the African Redemption and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teachers of Education. Hilliard was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Published work

  • The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization
  • SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind
  • Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach (Paperback)
  • The Teachings of Ptahhotep (Paperback)
  • The Price They Paid: Desegregation in an African American Community (Paperback)
  • Infusion of African & African American Content in the School Curriculum (Paperback)
  • African Power: Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of the Culture Wars (Paperback)
  • Rx for Racism: Imperatives for America’s Schools (Article; Phi Delta Kappan April 1990)