Education Obituary

Asa Hilliard, Expert On Africa, Dies

By Ann Bradley — August 28, 2007 1 min read

Asa Grant Hilliard III, a professor of urban education at Georgia State University in Atlanta and a nationally known expert on African-centered education, died Aug. 13 while visiting Cairo, Egypt, of complications from malaria. He was 73.

Mr. Hilliard was the editor of The Portland Baseline Essays, a 1989 guide to the history and contributions of African people that was used by teachers in Portland, Ore., and other districts. Supporters lauded its efforts to broaden the curriculum, while critics described the essays as pseudoscience.