In Memoriam

Asa Grant Hilliard III (1933-2007)

Asa G. Hilliard III, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University and one of the nation’s leading Afrocentric scholars, died late last month in Egypt from complications of malaria. He was 73 years old.

At the time of his death, Professor Hilliard was in Egypt with a group of students to address the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization, an organization that he co-founded.

Dr. Hilliard had served on the faculty of Georgia State University for more than a quarter of a century. He held a joint appointment in the department of educational policy studies and the department of educational psychology and special education. Prior to coming to Georgia State, he was dean of education at San Francisco State University. Dr. Hilliard was also a founding member of the National Black Child Development Institute and he sat on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Asa Hilliard was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1933. His father was a school principal and his mother was a minister. When his parents divorced, Hilliard moved with his mother to Denver, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in counseling, and a doctorate in educational psychology, all from the University of Denver.

The author of hundreds of scholarly articles, Professor Hilliard’s books include The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization (Black Classic Press 1995) and African Power: Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of the Culture Wars (Makare Publishing, 2002).

Jeanette Elaine Prince Lockley (1933-2007)

Jeanette Lockley, a long-time professor of mathematics, died last month from pneumonia at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. She was 74 years old.

Dr. Lockley, the great-granddaughter of slaves, attended racially segregated public schools in Dallas. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, where her father was a mathematics teacher, she wanted to enroll at the University of Texas but was barred because of her race. Instead she enrolled at and graduated from historically black Wiley College. She earned a master’s degree at Texas Southern University and then received a scholarship to enter the graduate program at Stanford University. There she earned a second master’s degree in mathematics education and a Ph.D. in statistics.

Over a long academic career, she taught at Texas Southern University and Merritt College in Oakland. She spent the majority of her career at Mountain View College in Dallas, where she chaired the mathematics department.

Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, she retired from teaching in 1999.

Mildred William Glover (1935-2007)

Mildred Glover, a former professor and assistant dean at the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University, died of a heart attack at her home in Baltimore. She was 72 years old.

Dr. Glover ran a long-shot campaign for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004, focusing mainly on ending the war in Iraq. She received 11 votes in the New Hampshire primary, which was won by John Kerry. In Maryland, where she lived at the time, she received more than 4,000 votes in the presidential primary. Glover was not a political neophyte. She served for eight years in the Georgia state legislature.

Mildred Glover was a native of Savannah and graduated from what is now Savannah State University. She held a master’s degree from New York University and a doctorate in education from the University of Georgia.

She began her academic career at Savannah State and also taught at Atlanta University. In 1989 she joined the faculty at Morgan State University in Baltimore and remained there until her retirement in 2005.