February 5, 2004

Internationally Renowned Psychologist, Author and Orator to Speak at Lincoln University, February 11, 2004
Dr. Na'im Akbar Will Speak at Black History Month Convocation.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)—Dr. Na'im Akbar, an internationally renowned psychologist, author and orator will deliver the main address at Lincoln University's Black History Month Convocation on Wednesday, February 11, 2004, at 4 p.m., in Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel on the campus in southern Chester County, PA. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. 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."

He formerly was an associate professor at Norfolk State University and was chairman of the Morehouse College Psychology Department for three years. He has served on the boards of directors of a variety of significant civic and professional organizations, including several terms on the board of the National Association of Black Psychologist; from 1987 to 1988, he was elected as the group's president. He also 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.

Tens of thousands of persons world-wide have read and been inspired by Dr. Akbar's highly readable and significant books, including Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery, The Community of Self, Visions for Black Men, and Know Thyself. He has also produced numerous scholarly papers and articles. His television interviews have included appearances on Oprah Winfrey Show, Tony Brown's Journal, Geraldo, and a wide variety of national and local television news programs.

Articles on Dr. Akbar has been featured in Essence magazine, The Washington Post, Jet magazine, as well as several other local, national and international publications.

As a recipient of literally scores of plaques and awards, Dr. Akbar is recognized as one of the great thinkers and orators of our time.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, with both undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology, Dr. Akbar has received many honors for his progressive and landmark contributions to his specialized studies of the psychology of the African American. Among these are the Annual Member Award and recognition as a Distinguished Black Psychologist by the National Association of Black Psychologists for his outstanding scholarship and research in Africa-psychology. In April 2002, Lincoln awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the University's commencement.

The Mayors of Atlantic City, New Jersey (1986), Cleveland, Ohio (1988), Jackson, Mississippi (1990), and Cincinnati, Ohio (1995), declared Na'im Akbar Days in recognition of his accomplishments. He was a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Scholar award at Florida State University in 1987. Additionally, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania awarded him the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1993.

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 installed as a Development Chief at Abono Lakeside Village near Kumasi, Ghana.

Founded in 1854 as America's first Historically Black University, Lincoln University provides the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.

With an array of scheduled events, activities, and announcements, the University is in the midst of the yearlong celebration of its Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary.

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For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu


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