ABU SHARDOW ABARRY is associate professor and associate chair in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. Dr. Abarry has published numerous articles on African and African American literatures. He has also authored a number of monographs on reading and writing.
MOLEFI KETE ASANTE is professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. Professor Asante is the author of the three ground-breaking works on Afrocentric theory: Afrocentricity; The Afrocentric Idea; and Kemet, Afrocentricity and Knowledge.
REGINALD BESS is professor and fellow of the Louisiana Scholars' College at Northwestern State University. Professor Bess holds the B.S. in German and Spanish Education from West Virginia State College; both the M.A. in German Literature and Philology and the Ph.D. in Medieval German Studies from The Ohio State University.
CAROL AISHA BLACKSHIRE-BELAY is director of the International Afro- German Network and teaches German/Germanic linguistics and cultures at The Ohio State University. Widely recognized as one of the leading experts on minorities in contemporary German society, Blackshire-Belay's publications have appeared in the Journal of Black Studies, University of Pennsylvania Review of Linguistics, OSU Foreign Language Publications, and ERIC Resources in Education. Included among her books are The Image of Africa in German Society, Language Contact: Verb Morphology in German of Foreign Workers, and Foreign Workers' German: A Concise Glossary of Verbal Phrases. Her major interests are cultural and linguistic diversity in society, in particular on the issues confronting Afro-Deutsche in Germany as well as on the continent of Africa, and the enormous impact of African culture on language and society.
FRENZELLA ELAINE DE LANCEY is an assistant professor of humanities at Drexel University. She is the editor of the Sonia Sanchez Newsletter, and is faculty advisor for the Ida B. Wells Club, a student organization she founded at Drexel University.