Tuesday, February 16, 2010

5th Annual Dr. Jacob Carruthers Conference

(BAB) Chicago-The Kemetic Institute hosted the 5th annual Jacob Carruthers Conference on Saturday, February 14, 2010 at Northeastern Illinois University at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. The theme of the conference was Intellectual Warfare...Exploring Concepts.
Papers and presentations were presented in the areas of research which focused on History, Historiography, Education, Spiritual Development and Creative productions.

Artist, Educator, Publisher and Father of the Black Age of Comics, Turtel Onli, presents one of his Superhero characters, NOG (Nubian of Greatness), Protector of the Pyramids in a lecture - multimedia presentation on the importance of independent creativity, literacy and the Black Age.

Scholars and students attended the conference.
Presentations and discussions centered on the importance of
Dr. Carruthers works in the areas of African-centered education
and history.

Dr. Carruthers and wife, Ife Carruthers

Speak Maat! Do Maat!

The late Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers was a professor of history and education at the Center for Inner City Studies (CICS) of Northeastern Illinois University.

After earning a doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder—the first African American to do so—he taught at Kansas State College in Pittsburg, Kansas for two years. Thereafter, his career led him to Chicago, and in 1968, he joined the faculty of the Department of Inner City Studies Education at CICS. Serving as a consultant on African-centered education to the Chicago Public Schools and other school systems throughout the United States,

Dr. Carruthers was influential in the African-centered education movement. He was a co-founder of the teacher training program, Teaching About Africa. He was also sought after nationally and internationally as a lecturer on African history.

In 1981, Dr. Carruthers became the High Priest of the Temple of the African Community of Chicago that was established to meet the spiritual needs of those who sought to practice ancient Nile Valley spirituality. He was a founding member of the Kemetic Institute and The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) and served as its founding president from 1985-90.

Dr. Carruthers established himself through his work with leading African and African American scholars in the world through his leadership in the development of a plan to rewrite African history under the aegis of the African World History Project of ASCAC.

Dr. Carruthers authored several important books that paved the way and provided the framework for the African-centered approach to the research and study of Classical African history and African civilization. His works include: Intellectual Warfare (1999), Mdw Ntr (1995), Essays in Ancient Egyptian Studies (1984), and The Irritated Genie (1985). Other significant works include Science and Oppression (1972) and African or American (1994). He co-edited Reconstructing Kemetic Culture (1990), The African Worldview (1986), and The Preliminary Challenge (1997). Many of his works challenged the prevailing ideas in the field of Egyptology as well as the role of African people in the development of civilization in the ancient Nile Valley. Reference for Biography: http://www.ascac.org/bios/jacobcarruthersbio.html

Photos by Aki Antonia and Atiba B c2010

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