For over four decades, Dr. Wade W. Nobles  has studied classical African philosophy (Kemet, Twa & Nubian) and traditional African wisdom traditions (Akan, Yoruba, Bantu, Wolof, Dogon, Fon, Lebou, etc) as the grounding for the development of an authentic Black psychology. Dr. Nobles is a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologists and former national President (1994-95).  He is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Black Psychology at San Francisco State University and the author of over one hundred (100) articles, chapters, research reports and books; the co-author of the seminal article in Black Psychology, Voodoo or IQ: An Introduction to African Psychology. Dr. Nobles is the Co-founder and past Executive Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, Inc., a free standing independent community-based, nonprofit Black “think-tank” and scientific, educational training and research corporation, based in Oakland, California.

 

Critical Concepts

Dr. Nobles defined “power as the ability to define reality and to have others respond to your definition as if it were

your own and that the most important reality to define is the meaning of one’s own human beingness.” Seizing the

power is especially important and essential in the study, excitement, explanation and interpretation of African American reality. The challenge of fully understanding the nuanced and subtle distinction of African and African American reality is found in the adoption of African centered language, concepts and terms. Read More

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