Know Thyself has ratings and 9 reviews. Shannette said: Akbar has built a wonderful case for the need for the inner journey. Who are we and why are w. Know Thyself by Na┬ÂIm Akbar. What distinguishes human life from all other animals on earth is the ability to acquire knowledge. Knowledge is the capacity to . 1 Jan The Paperback of the Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Lists with This Book. The Knw Elijah Muhammad said: Many of these social “diseases are common to all communities of human beings and different communities deal with them in different ways.

Na’im Akbar as a special treasure. The Miseducation of the Negro. Hilliard, III to your wish list. It may be done through occasional evenings or special holidays when w’e pull out the scrapbooks and encourage the Elders in the family to share their mem- ories ot those who struggled tor us.

By learning these things as separate from self-knowledge, we have unleashed more destructive forces than we have “The ancient people of Remit identified the essence of the human make up as being the soul which they called the Sakhu, This concept is discussed in greater detail in: Newsletter signup Name Email.

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Jackson identified Astaire as being the source of his inspiration for the dance genius that he exemplifies in his artistic expression. Ideas represent images, concepts, values and all of those things that influence how people think of themselves and the world around them.

This power should provide us with mastery of sufficient skills to obtain from the physical environment whatever minimal resources we need to insure our survival.

It is significant that most African cultures have instruction that is specialized for young men and women to explore and discover their way to express their masculinity or femi- ninity.

The difficulty in working cooperatively and remaining focused on common objectives that would be help- ful for our collective tribe or community is a thuself of the disconnection with the tribal self. Creation is proof of the existence of the Creator. Open Preview See a Problem? The power to influence the environment is the most tangible outcome of t education.


This only receives limited mention in the European 17 educational system, as do all of the other scientific, artistic and philosophical dis- coveries thgself precede European participation. There has been a predictably strong opposition to this proposal thyslef from European-Americans and Eurocentrically trained African-Americans.

There are other diseases that are condoned by some societies to the detriment of particular groups of peo- ple within those societies. Another quality of miseducation is the conse- quence of rejecting certain aspects of our personal self because we have been taught that those characteristics are unacceptable.

The manifestation of that spiritual core is primarily in the service that renders to the community that you are bom into. At the simplest level, the environment is the source of food, shelter and clothing that are the fun- damental necessities for physical survival.

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Woodson was a highly gifted scholar and gradua of the renowned Harvard University, the book is simple, clear and direct. Iifetime represent our along our persona!

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There are many young people whose parents are successful physicians, but they may have neither apti- tude nor interest in medicine and may have unexplored talents in the arts that they do not explore because they have accepted self-definitions that other people have given to them. Without this self-affirming information young people do not manifest their power for accomplishment. When you understand that we are all people of a sim- ilar destiny, fate and identity and see our cooperation as a necessary part of gain- ing a,bar respect in the larger human arena, then you have come to understand autonomy in the sense that we are describing it here.

Be the first to review this product! In the European- American educational system, all young people are taught respect for haim proper- ty of the powerful and the need to defend the holders of power against any forces that seek to threaten that power. If the end result of education is only to compete for a job rather than to negotiate for influence then that education has been ineffective.

As is evident from the educa- tional system of other peoples around the globe, knowledge of ones particular tribal self does not preclude knowledge of other tribes, nor does it require other 30 31 As I have discussed above, information is only one form of instruction that restores the awareness of the tribal self.


This collective vision might be a nation, an ethnic group or a community. The same can be said about electricity, engines, flight, the cau- sation of diseases, etc.

KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

The nature of Power as a dimension of education is the topic of tire next section. I have found this concept of D Woodson’s to be fundamental as one begins to discuss the need for an alternate way of thinking. African-Americans would have to contain a vision consistent with ,now heritage and our experiences.

People can only belong to themselves if their identity is an outgrowth of their history, their culture, their a,bar and their survival needs.

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Certainly there is much about human survival that has to do with the transmission 1 of certain skills and the earliest learning that we experience firmly implants many of those basic skills, such as walking, speaking a language, etc. As we shall see, below, this is certainly a part of the self, but it is not the totality of the self from the African perspective.

The Ancients of the Nile Valley studied the beasts as a means of under- standing qualities of excellence that these animals portrayed in their character as symbolic of virtues that humans should strive to develop in their character. Connect with us Facebook Twitter. This is real power when one has developed the capacity to influence the vision of ajbar world. The Nile Valley civilization brought together many of the dispersed accomplishments of a variety of African nations and passed 45 knoq its achievements to the neighboring Asians and to the Thyslef.