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Part 4: The Community of Self

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Baba Wesley Gray

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" The Community of Self talks about the African-American experience, not to reduce the generalizability of the concepts to one group of people, but because this is my cultural context. The African-American experience stands as one of the strongest examples of high human principles being able to endure despite environments of extreme opposition, and there is instruction in what we can offer the world about being human. Because of the seriousness of the assault on the African-American, our situation is also precarious. We need the attention of our thinkers for ourselves.

We need to restore our communities and to understand and develop our communities of self. We need assistance in correction some serious problems in our psychology, our education, our economics, our families and our religious thinking. The Community of Self addresses all of these areas. It is intended to provoke thought and action. It is intended to stimulate an improved understanding of who we are, what we are and our potential to be something valuable to the world as we have been before and are destined to be again." Dr. Na'Im Akbar

Na'im Akbar, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist at Florida State University. He is a prominent lecturer, author and recognized expert on the Psychology of Africans Americans. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Akbar has served as a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and at Norfolk State University.

Community of Self is Akbar's fifth book related to the issue of a holistic human psychology and an increased understanding of the African-American experience from an Islamic and an Afrocentric perspective