Dr. Hilliard lived a life based on the principle of excellence in study, preparation and research. He authored more than a thousand publications including journal articles, magazine articles, special reports, and books. Some of his publications include The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization (Black Classic Press 1995), SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind (Makare Publishing 1997), and African Power: Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of Cultural Wars (Makare Publishing, 2002). He also co-edited The Teachings of Ptahhotep, the Oldest Book in the World with Larry Williams and Nia Damali (Blackwood Press, 1987) and Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Acheivement Among African American Students numbers 2 and 3: Special Issue of the Negro Educational Review (December 1990).
Always attentive to the effective use of media to tell the story, Dr. Hilliard was a master documenter and interdisciplinary communicator. As an early developer of multimedia slide presentations for different kinds of audiences, Dr. Hilliard’s research reached thousands through his video and television productions, including Self Determination, Free Your Mind, Return to the Source and For the People TV. He also founded the Makare Publishing and the Per Maat Foundation.
The ancestral ties to Africa were more than intellectual ones for Dr. Hilliard; he considered teaching a sacred task. As a result, his impact in education is unparalleled, as it relates to the linkages between interdisciplinary theory and practice. He has lectured at leading universities and other institutions throughout the world. His unselfish giving of his knowledge and gifts transcended many disciplines and professional associations around the globe, and in every community in which he lived, his footprint on education and community service is still evident in the present day.
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