Honoring the Scholarship of Amos Wilson

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Huberta Jackson-Lowman (huberta.jacksonlowma@famu.edu) is an Associate Professor and former chair of the Psychology Department at Florida A & M University. Her research examines the effects of the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and culture on the health, mental health, and relationships of women of Afrikan ancestry and explores the use of cultural strategies, such as proverbs and rites of passage, as tools of socialization for Afrikan American youth. She has developed measures focusing on the evaluation of engendered racial myths of Black women, The Engendered Racial Myths Scale (ERMS), and a measure that examines the quality of Black female relationships from an Africentric perspective, Totem Self Scale-II. Presently, she is editing a textbook on the psychology of Black women, entitled Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture which will be published in January, 2013.

DeReef F. Jamison (dchill7@gmail.com) teaches Africana Studies at Savannah State University. His research interests are Africana intellectual history and social/political thought, the intellectual history and diasporic connections of Africana social science, the social/psychological aspects of oppression in the African diaspora and the social/political dynamics of race and racism. He has published articles in The Journal of African American Studies, The Griot, The Journal of Pan African Studies and Race, Class and Gender.

This special edition of The Journal of Pan African Studies, a peer-reviewed journal, focuses on the conference proceedings from the Second National Conference on African/Black Psychology. The Second National Conference on African/Black Psychology was held on the campus of Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida on October 14-15, 2011 and was dedicated to the legacy of Amos Wilson and his influence and impact on the contemporary Africana world. Amos Wilson was a scholar/activist who heeded the call of Bolekaja, which means to come on down and fight. Wilson was born and spent his formative years in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Eventually, he earned degrees from Morehouse College and Fordham University. Amos Wilson worked as a social caseworker, supervising probation officer, psychological counselor, and as a training administrator in the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice. As an academic, Wilson taught at the City University of New York from 1981 to 1986 and at the College of New Rochelle from 1987 to 1995. Amos Wilson wrote several books including: The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child, Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children, Understanding Black Adolescent Make Violence: Its Remediation and Prevention, The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy, Black-on-Black Violence: The Psychodynamic of Black Self-Annihilation in Service of White Domination and Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century. His travels took him throughout the United States, to Canada and the Caribbean. Dr. Wilson's activities transcended academia into the field of business, owning and operating various enterprises in the greater New York area.

This conference honored Amos Wilson and poured intellectual libations to the tradition that he bequeathed to Africans throughout the diaspora. He centered his focus on psychological, historical and social analysis that sought to not only interpret and understand Africana realities under Western oppression, but to ultimately change them. A major emphasis at the conference was exploring how African-centered scholar/activists can continue to expand and extend the legacy of the Wilsonian tradition of socially and politically focused intellectual discourse that engages and encourages culturally based direct political action. In the spirit of Amos Wilson, the Journal of Pan African Studies presents selected papers from the proceedings of this historic conference that honored the intellectual contributions and community praxis of Amos Wilson. …