Dr. Martin Beatty, the President of the International Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), will be in Buffalo on December 8, 2012 to give a lecture at the Gateway Family Resource Center located at 347 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14208.  Dr. Beatty has been a member of ASCAC since 1995 and served as a National Representative of the Board of Directors for almost a decade before assuming the office of the President.  His research interests include the Ancient Egyptian language, history, wisdom literature, astronomy in Ancient Egyptian religious texts, comparative analyses of African cultures, the image and use of ancient Africa in the African-American historical imagination, the theory and practice of African-American Studies, and Pan-Africanism.


The theme of Dr. Beatty’s lecture is Listening to the Voices of our Ancestors; a Lesson in Medu Neter and will take place from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.  The Medu Neter is translated as the sacred speech of God.  The Greeks called these texts Hieroglyphics.  In the spirit of Kujichagulia - Self-Determination, the second Kwanzaa principle, Dr. Beatty will present this four-hour workshop.


Some of our youth have not graduated from high school due to failing Global Studies.  If our students knew the role that their ancestors played in shaping the history of civilization, passing Global Studies would no longer be an issue.  This is an opportunity for our students, instructors and parents to get on the same page in our efforts to determine our reality for ourselves.  This event is sponsored by ASCAC Upstate New York.


It is time now to begin planning to attend the 2013 National ASCAC Conference which will be held in Washington, DC on March 14-17, 2013 at Howard University.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for youth participation.  Further information will be available at the lecture or contact Modell Gault at (716) 896-1430.