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Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning


Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III
Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III


Dr Huberta Jackson-Lowman
Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Ph.D, 2011 Winner



Patsy Jo Hilliard (far-right), wife of Asa Hilliard and former mayor of East Point, Georgia, at the Atlanta Taste of Road Scholar in January 2008. The award was first announced at the event. Pictured with Mrs. Hilliard (left to right): Road Scholar Board Member Marie Smith, President James Moses and Associate Vice President of Community Development Kathy Taylor.
As the world leader in lifelong learning, Road Scholar is pleased to honor the memory of Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, who as a lifelong learner and a strong proponent of learning and travel lived the values we espouse.

Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III
August 22, 1933, Galveston, Texas - August 13, 2007, Cairo, Egypt


Noted educator, historian, psychologist, teacher of African history and a lifelong learner and traveler.

A graduate of the University of Denver, Asa Grant Hilliard III joined the faculty at San Francisco State University and later became a consultant to the Peace Corps in West Africa, where he served as the superintendent of schools in Monrovia, Liberia. Upon returning to San Francisco State University, Dr. Hilliard was appointed department chair and Dean of Education.

Dr. Hilliard spent more than 30 years leading study groups to Egypt and Ghana as part of his mission of teaching the truth about the history of Africa and the African diaspora. At the time of his death, Dr. Hilliard was the Fuller E. Calloway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, where he held joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Patsy Jo Hilliard, former mayor of East Point, Georgia, with whom he had four children and seven grandchildren.

The Award
This award was open to all educators who have at least 10 years experience or are dedicated lifelong learners. The four winners each received a $5,000 voucher toward a Road Scholar program of their choice.

2011: Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Ph.D, associate professor of clinical and community psychology
2010: Sheila S. Walker, Ph.D, cultural anthropologist and filmmaker
2009: Robert C. Hayden, president of the Martha’s Vineyard branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
2008: Patricia Payne, director of the Indianapolis Public Schools Crispus Attucks Center





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