Some students are written off as knuckleheads early in their academic career for the average silly stuff teenagers do as they struggle to grow up. But, some have problems more serious than others and they don’t know how to convey them to anyone. One young man had similar issues, but ironically, he found his way through words to a successful career.
M.K. Asante, Jr., is a tenured professor of creative writing and film professor at Morgan State University. He is a prolific writer and award-winning filmmaker, whose latest film, “Motherland,” won Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival last year. The accomplishments he’s made would make a 50-year old proud, but at age 29, he is an intellectual marvel.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In case you don’t recognize his initials, he is the son of Molefi Kete Asante. One of the most powerful African American intellectual voices of our time. To his credit, his father has numerous accomplishments and is a prolific writer as well. He has enjoyed a career as professor of African American Studies at Temple University for nearly 30 years. He even wrote a book with Maulena Karenga (the founder of Kwanzaa) called “Handbook of Black Studies”.
CNN profiled M.K. on their African Voices program. The Zimbabwean-born professor has quite an interesting story to tell. He is being labelled a master storyteller. Check him out. Phenomenal!