September 6, 2011

Road Scholar: Asa Grant Hilliard III Scholarship

Soulclap to The Black Star Project for pointing us to the Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning.

Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III (1933-2007) was a noted educator, historian, psychologist, teacher of African history and a lifelong learner and traveler.  A graduate of the University of Denver, Asa Grant Hilliard III joined the faculty at San Francisco State University and later became a consultant to the Peace Corps in West Africa, where he served as the superintendent of schools in Monrovia, Liberia. Upon returning to San Francisco State University, Dr. Hilliard was appointed department chair and Dean of Education.

Dr. Hilliard spent more than 30 years leading study groups to Egypt and Ghana as part of his mission of teaching the truth about the history of Africa and the African diaspora.

At the time of his death, Dr. Hilliard was the Fuller E. Calloway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, where he held joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Patsy Jo Hilliard, former mayor of East Point, Georgia, with whom he had four children and seven grandchildren.

I encourage villagers to apply for the Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning.

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