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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychology Professor
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Cauliflower, Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Accra, Ghana
Favorite Quote:
This too shall pass.

Birthplace

Born:
4/26/1944
Birth Location:
Tallahassee, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychology Professor
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Cauliflower, Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Accra, Ghana
Favorite Quote:
This too shall pass.

Birthplace

Born:
4/26/1944
Birth Location:
Tallahassee
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Biography

Publisher, psychologist, psychology professor, and public speaker Na'im Akbar was born on April 26, 1944, in Tallahassee, Florida. Originally given the name Luther Benjamin Weems, Jr., Akbar changed his name in 1971, after joining the Nation of Islam. Akbar attended the Florida A & M University Laboratory School from grades K-12, graduating in 1961. Akbar attended the University of Michigan for the completion of his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology.

Prior to attending the University of Michigan, Akbar lived within a completely African American social environment. His freshman year of college marked the first time that he had real contact with whites. At the University of Michigan, Akbar was active with the Black Action Movement (BAM) strike that closed down classes for three weeks during the late 1960s. After receiving his Ph.D., Akbar accepted a position in the psychology department at Morehouse College in Atlanta. There, he instituted Morehouse's first Black psychology course and eventually developed probably the first Black psychology program at a Historically Black College or University. Within two years, he became chair of the department.

Akbar left Morehouse after five years to work with the Nation of Islam's headquarters in Chicago to start their Office of Human Development. After two years, Akbar joined the faculty of Norfolk State University, again instituting courses in black psychology. In 1979, Akbar accepted a faculty position at Florida State University. In 1971, Akbar became active with the Association of Black Psychologists, the largest Black mental health professional organization in the world. He has served on the association's board for numerous terms and was elected its president in 1987. The association has bestowed all of its most prestigious awards on Akbar due to his professional contributions.

Akbar continues to teach a specialized course on the psychology of the African American at Florida State University. In the late 1980s, he formed his own publishing company, Mind Productions, and private consulting company, Na'im Akbar Consultants, to bring his teaching to a wider audience.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar's parents' names
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar shares memories of his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar shares memories of his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Na'im Akbar shares memories his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Na'im Akbar shares memories of his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Na'im Akbar talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Na'im Akbar discusses his parents' first meeting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Na'im Akbar discusses his aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Na'im Akbar shares his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Na'im Akbar remembers his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Na'im Akbar as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Na'im Akbar shares memories of Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Na'im Akbar discusses his neighborhood's mentors and role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Na'im Akbar remembers his childhood paper route
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar discusses the influences of his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar discusses the role of schools in his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar remembers an childhood emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Na'im Akbar remembers his childhood teachers and coaches
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Na'm Akbar discusses additional father figures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Na'im Akbar as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Na'im Akbar discusses his elementary and high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Na'im Akbar discusses skills gained through childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Na'im Akbar discusses the 1956 Tallahassee Bus Boycott
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Na'im Akbar explains the early history of Tallahassee's black neighhorhoods, Frenchtown and Smokey Hollow
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Na'im Akbar explains his understanding of the 1956 Tallahassee Bus Boycott as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar remembers reactions of Tallahassee's black community to demonstrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar reflects on his community's fear of retaliation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar describes his fear of the white response to the demonstrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Na'im Akbar remembers lessons of needing to staying in one's place
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Na'im Akbar reflects on his admission to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Na'im Akbar reflects on competing with whites in an academic environment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Na'im Akbar discusses the race relations at Michigan universites in early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Na'im Akbar comments on the resistance to legitimize Black Studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Na'im Akbar discusses his decision to major in psychology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar remembers his research mentors at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar discusses his mentor, Dr. Howard Wolowitz
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar reflects on the 1960s and its influence on his research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Na'im Akbar confronts his own feelings of racial inferiority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Na'im Akbar discusses his dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Na'im Akbar joins the Association of Black Psychologists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Na'im Akbar talks about his birth name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Na'im Akbar remembers his first academic job search
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Na'im Akbar discusses his experiences at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Na'im Akbar's introduction to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar joins the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar describes the reactions of the Morehouse College community to his joining the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar explains the correlation between the Nation of Islam's teaching and Black Psychology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Na'im Akbar describes the development of African Psychology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Na'im Akbar moves to Chicago, Illinois to work for the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Na'im Akbar discusses working with the Nation of Islam in Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Na'im Akbar meets and marries his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar joins the faculty at Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar joins the faculty at Florida State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar's exposure in the media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Na'im Akbar discusses academia's response to Black Psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Na'im Akbar discusses the Association of Black Psychologists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Na'im Akbar describes the need for continued growth of Black Psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Na'im Akbar discusses the black community's view of Black Psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Na'im Akbar describes the practical use of Black psychologists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Na'im Akbar discusses cultural differences among blacks and whites
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Na'im Akbar discusses the Black Church and Black Psychologists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Na'im Akbar discusses the difference between Eurocentric and Afrocentric Psychology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Na'im Akbar's hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Na'im Akbar describes his legacy and how he wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar and Father on Toledo, Ohio Beach (1958)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar (Luther Weems, Jr) as High School Senior (1961)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar wih Dr. Art Mathis and Nigerian Psychologist at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1973)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Rev. Herbert Alexander (1987)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar (Luther Weems, Jr) at Eight Years Old on Easter Sunday (1952)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar and Daughter, Shaakira, at Elmina Slave Castle in Ghana, West Africa (1995)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Photo -- Shaakira Akbar with Maternal Grandparents in Ghana, West Africa (1995)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Mother, Bessie; Father, Luther; and Aunt, Eunice (1965)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Wife, Renee, and Children, Shaakira, Tareeq, and Mutaqee (circa 1987)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Minister Louis Farrakhan in Accra, Ghana (1995)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 16 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Drs. John Henrik Clarke and Asa Hilliard at the University of Louisville (circa 1998)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 17 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar (Luther X) (1973)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 18 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar at the Temple of Edfu, Upper Egypt (circa 1985)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 19 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Sons, Tareeq and Mutaqee, at Cape Coast Slave Castle, Ghana (1996)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 20 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Tony Brown and Drs. A. Hilliard, M. Asante, M. Karenga, L. James Myers, F. Cress Welsing (1995)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 21 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar "Instooled" as Development Chief in Abono Village, Ghana (1995)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 22 - Newspaper Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Dick Gregory, Tyrone Brooks and Dr. Ralph Abernathy in Selma, AL (1976)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 23 - Newspaper Photo -- Na'im Akbar with Khalilah Ali in Chicago, IL
  • Tape: 7 Story: 24 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar Speaking at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. (10/16/1995)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 25 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar Pouring Libation at Inauguration of Tougaloo College President, Dr. Adib Shakir (5/13/1989)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 26 - Photo -- Na'im Akbar (Luther Weems, Jr.) on Senior Prom with Joan Bailey (1961)