I have repeated in these columns on numerous occasions, the African
centered consciousness and the African Centered Movement is critical
to the liberation of African people worldwide. The
rise of African centered consciousness in our movement, for the
liberation of African people
be partially attributed to the research, teaching, and writing of the
African centered scholars over the last forty years.
In this connection, Dr. Kobi
Kambon’s book, The African Personality in America: An African-Centered Framework, adds
to this growing body of African centered scholarship that is
providing African people, throughout the world, with the intellectual
weaponry needed to continue the fight against white supremacy and
Kambon is a retired professor of psychology, and former Chairman of
the Psychology Department, at Florida A &M University. The
Department of Psychology he led is known for developing the only
African centered training program in an American college or
developing this stream of African centered scholarship, Dr. Kambon
acknowledges two of his very special mentors, the late great Dr.
Bobby Wright and the late great Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers. Dr. Kambon
explains that “I encountered these two brilliant and dedicated
African/Master Warriors early enough in my development that they
could exert a powerful nationalist influence on my thinking.”
This profound book has three fundamental themes that have been
conceptionalized by Dr. Kambon in an African centered context.
first theme he asserts is “that there is indeed an African
reality system that is not only indigenous to Africans in America,
but that most of us are almost totally unaware of it and how it
determines our very lives.”
Kambon’s second theme is related to the model presented in this
book that “asserts that the average African in America
operates/functions in a mentally disordered state, on a daily basis,
engendered by white supremacy domination over our African cultural
reality here in America.” The final theme he addresses is "that
in order for we Africans to escape and heal ourselves from this
virtually unbelievable predicament of pervasive mental disorder, we
must rebuild our African cultural infrastructure throughout the
diasporian African community.
Kambon “sounds the alarm to awaken the African world from its
virtually stuporous state of Cultural Misorientation, but also
proposed how we might, or rather must, begin the awakening and
other words, he explains we must reverse this mentacidal process. The
concept of “Mentacide” developed by Dr. Bobby Wright is
and systematic destruction of a person’s or group’s
is no question that at this stage in history we are in battle to
reclaim the African mind, spirit, and culture so that our rightful
place in the world can be restored.
would suggest that all students and teachers in the growing African
Centered Education Movement, particularly those in the field of
psychology, read this book immediately. It is the kind of book that
should be read in study groups that allow for serious discussion and
exchange of the many concepts and ideas presented by Dr. Kambon.
Kambon states that the
thrust of his book is to attempt “to address the argument that
in order to restore African Self-Consciousness as a viable force
within the African psyche,
have to revitalize the deeply rooted African collective consciousness
/ unconsciousness / spirituality through reconstruct
African cultural infrastructure.”
on this point,
further explains that “Because African self-consciousness was
or wiped out by the Maafa (African holocaust of Eurasian
enslavement-colonialism) we, the contemporary
world community; we must complete the arduous task of rebuilding and
remember that Malcolm X was asked repeatedly by reporters and people
in audiences where he spoke on why
talked about and,
reference to Africa so much.
always replied in this manner— “Because you
left your mind in Africa.”
appropriate response by Malcolm X is the underlying
spirit and direction of The African Personality in America: An African-Centered Framework by
Dr. Kobi Kambon.
the Spring 1975 issue of the Black
Books Bulletin, Dr.
Anderson Thompson wrote an insightful article titled, “Developing
an African Historiography.”
Thompson wrote that, “The interpretation, writing, and teaching
of history from an African frame of reference, prepares the African
masses to face the challenges of the 21st
Kobi Kambon’s book continues to fit into the category of
preparing us to face the challenges of the 21st
century. Read it carefully and digest its contents. It is a must!