2014 Executive Officer Candidate Vision Statements
Candidate for ASCAC International President: Dr. Mario Beatty
I received my B.A. degree (Miami University), M.A. degree (The Ohio State University), and Ph.D. degree (Temple University) all in the discipline of Africana Studies. I am currently an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Howard University. My whole academic and professional life has been committed to institutions and organizations that seek to preserve, perpetuate, and transmit our historical and cultural heritage as African people and improve our communities. My willingness to serve as President of ASCAC is an extension of not only the deep respect that I have for our elders and ancestors who have struggled to keep Africa in our hearts and minds, but also my love for African people and the great things that we are capable of doing when we are inspired by the good speech and good work of our elders and ancestors. I have apprenticed under various ASCAC scholars, most notably Jacob Carruthers and Theophile Obenga, and have served ASCAC for the past 19 years. As interim President for the past two years, I developed a strategic plan and have instituted a summer leadership retreat for the National Board in order to improve the infrastructure and operations of the organization. I have travelled to many cities conducting workshops in the Kemetic language of Medu Netcher (Divine Speech) to improve our study and ability to conduct primary research in our communities. I have also elevated the ASCAC Oral History Project as a national initiative that involves all members so that ASCAC can begin to tell its own intergenerational story of the ASCAC collective community of members in all walks of life united by a vision of generating and sharing knowledge derived from the histories, cultures, and worldviews of African people.
As President, I will continue these initiatives because they are essential to grounding our innovative research, teaching, and scholarship on African civilizations. In addition, I will seek to reenergize and galvanize the study group process by selecting a common text annually for discussion at the national conference. I will focus heavily on recruiting college-aged young people in order to systematically train the next generation of ASCAC scribal scholars/activists. I will also focus on ways to galvanize the work of our four commissions to develop curriculums and scholarship and to spread this information in both formal and informal settings. And lastly, I want to establish targeted global connections with Africans of common mission and purpose on the continent and throughout the Diaspora in order to link their work and scholarship to the ASCAC family.
Candidate for ASCAC International 1st Vice President: Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr
My vision for the future of ASCAC is grounded in my 24 year service in the organization as a fellow worker, researcher, apprentice and craft-designated teacher, organizer and advocate for creating accessible linkages between formal and informal teaching and learning. My candidacy is built on a specific dimension of that vision: ASCAC’s need to emphasize building infrastructure that assures our permanence as the premier African-centered scholar activist federation.
We come from all walks of life and do not place social status above the demonstrated capacity to lead through work. Because of the development of ASCAC-trained apprentices, we are now poised to systematically train future generations in spreading African-Centered education, spiritual development, research and creative productions in exponential fashion.
I have served as an active Executive Board Member who has recruited new ASCAC members and affiliates with emphasis on high school and college-aged youth and institutionalizing the Association’s influence in both K-12 and university-level teaching, learning and research. My focus in this regard has been designed to ensure that ASCAC is the central organization for advancing intellectual warfare in the Pan-African nationalist movement. Other organizations continue to look to ASCAC as the unswerving standard- bearers for scholarship of the highest order and a deep commitment to spreading access to information to all members of the African community.
We must emphasize the study group process, including using: A) The corpus of study guides (Book 1, Book 2 and additional guides to central texts in the ASCAC- recommended bibliography); B) The assembled library of scholarly output from ASCAC study groups; and C) The as-yet un-catalogued collection of recorded presentation from nearly thirty years of international and regional ASCAC conferences, symposia and meetings.
As First Vice President, I will extend my previous effort to visit and build connections between each of ASCAC’s regions, with particular emphasis on:
- Developing the capacities of active commissions at the regional and local levels, with particular focus on project-based relationships between regional-level commission work;
- Continuing development of relationships with “complimentary groups” (as defined in the ASCAC By-Laws) for the specific purpose of providing scholarship and teaching and learning resources in service of scholar-activism; and
- Continuing work on ongoing ASCAC-related projects, including, but not limited to: summer institutes and the ASCAC oral history project.
I will also use the platform of First Vice President to complete the following tasks:
- Creating the aforementioned Journal of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, a special project first approved by the Board in 1995 and reaffirmed at our June, 2013 retreat. I have begun assembling the editorial staff and will discuss this project in detail at our March meeting; and
- Completing my work as Chair of the Ad Hoc Constitution Committee by coordinating a timely and efficient process for review and commentary of all proposed changes, additions and/or revision of the existing national Constitution and By-Laws.
Candidate for ASCAC International 2nd Vice President: Dr. W. Joye Hardiman
I am honored to have served as International Second Vice President over the past two years. Serving in that capacity has allowed me to view ASCAC from a global perspective, yet at the same time, see its many parts. I have identified three areas in which I can share my time, energy, and talent in support of the organization.
- As International Second Vice President, I would like to work with the Regional Presidents to bring cohesiveness among the regions. This does not mean uniformity, but rather connectedness. I envision strengthening ASCAC through the work of the regions, and their interactions with each other.
- As International Second Vice President, I would like to support the four commissions: Creative Productions, Education, Research, Spiritual Development. I see that they, too, can be connected, yet maintain their individual integrity. Seeing the thread that connects them will broaden and deepen each.
- As International Second Vice President, I would like to institute rituals and ceremonies that build community within the membership. Rituals and ceremonies connect us to the past and establish a connection to the future. Rituals and ceremonies assist us in Building for Eternity…
As a 'process' person, I envision the work I do as International Second Vice President, manifesting in real time the products of ASCAC's organizational structure and intellectual foundations. I look forward to the work of International Second Vice President and serving ASCAC.
Candidate for ASCAC International Treasurer: Mr. Jerome Boykin
I have been an ASCAC member since 1988. In addition to serving as Southern Region President for many years and International Treasurer since 2000, I have participated in the planning and execution of multiple ASCAC conferences throughout the United States and abroad. My vision for the next three years is to develop stable revenue sources for the organization and improve financial accountability and transparency. Revenue should, of course, be primarily through increasing membership (fees and donations), but we should also capitalize on the vast amount of IP (Intellectual Property) that we have developed from conference proceedings. We should also develop financial processes that are transparent to the membership including an annual audit of all finances.