Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

White Student Earns Ph.D. in African American Studies

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

White Student Earns Ph.D. in African American Studies

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PHILADELPHIA - Cynthia Lehman, who once worked for the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, is about to receive her doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University. What makes the situation unique is the student's race -white.

"I am very fortunate to have had the chance to study with Dr. Molefi K. Asante," Lehman said about Temple's African American Studies department chair. "He is one of the leading thinkers in terms of the African world in the United States."

Lehman wrote a dissertation comparing classical Egyptian and classical Greek methods of speech. She defended her dissertation in April and will formally graduate at a ceremony at Temple in September.

"This is a historic event bv virtue of her mastery in Afrocentricity," said Asante. "The Afrocentric perspective is neither exclusive nor an issue of skin color, but the ability of a student to attain this kind of information through rigorous study."

The twenty-eight-year-old became interested in African American studies while working at the King Center. …

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