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Know Thy Self

Na’im Akbar

Know Thy Self

'Mental liberation requires that we locate ourselves on the time line and map of human history, that we name and define ourselves, and that we rectify the problem of the loss of knowledge of self wherein we are 'overwhelmed by other people’s knowledge.' Today the formal education of most people of African ancestry is usually accomplished in systems that take us far away from ourselves. We use the words, models, language, theories and values of others to think our thoughts and solve our problems. These others see us as objects. By looking through their lenses we come to see ourselves as objects as well. This is precisely what Carter Woodson has called miseducation and DuBois called

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