An author-lecturer-consultant, nontraditional Minister (Cosmic Christian), and part-time CEO of The Kushite Institute for Wholistic Development in Charlotte, NC (http://tkifwd.tripod.com/), Minister (Dr.) Gyasi A. Foluke has been an activist-scholar-author in the struggle for human rights and dignity for over 50 years, beginning at age l6 when he established the first Youth Council of the NAACP in his hometown of Columbia, SC.. As a senior high school student, he also wrote the Alma Mater for C.A. Johnson High School. Having written many professional articles, monographs and studies to promote social-institutional change in America, he is the author of The Real-Holocaust: A Wholistic Analysis of the African American Experience, 144l-1994 (1995),* The "Old Time Religion": A Wholistic Challenge to the Black Church (1997),** The Crisis and Challenge of Black Mis-education in America: Confronting the Destruction of African People Through Euro-centric Public Schools, (2001), The Scoundrel Syndrome: Essays on the African American Experience, 1996-2003, Revisiting The Real-Holocaust (2004) and A Wholistic Freedom Agenda: Practical Remedies for Racial Justice, Beyond Empty Rhetoric, With a Special Focus on Charlotte-Mecklenburg North Carolina (publication pending) .
A graduate of Howard University, Washington, D. C., 1958 (BA Political Science/Economics, Magna Cum Laude) and American University, Washington, D.C., 1960 (MA Public Administration), the author has pursued protracted (over 25 years), independent, academic-supervised research-studies on Religion-Metaphysics and Black Studies, while earning a non-traditional Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Neotarian College of Philosophy, Kansas City, Missouri, 1980. (Thesis: Universal Oneness: Metaphysical Perspectives on Life). He also served as Adjunct Professor in Black Studies at six universities and colleges, beginning at Creighton University in 1969, and completed two study tours to Africa (Kemet/Egypt, 1986 & 1991) and a trip to Ghana (2002) where he lectured at Wenneba University, Kumasi, Ghana.
A former Air Force Officer/Intelligence Analyst who was evaluated as “a consummate expert on race relations matters” at the Armed Forces Staff College (1972), he served subsequently as Chief of Training, USAF School of Social Actions and, later, as President/CEO of several nonprofit corporations, including the Tarrant County/Forth Worth anti-poverty agency and two Affiliates of the National Urban League, creating or managing over 50 socioeconomic programs for “disadvantaged” citizens. He was a non-traditional Air Force Officer, having spent most of his off-duty time working in the civil rights movement, including brief work with Dr. Martin L. King Jr. in l963. He also opposed the war in Vietnam in l967 and paid a price for his moral-professional posture. A recipient of numerous awards for community service and winner of the Bronze Star Medal, he is listed in Who’s Who in Black America, 1985.
*This book, reprinted (2006), was once used as textbook at the University of Oklahoma.
**To be reconstructed under a modified title after being stolen by a bankrupt publisher.