What is it about?

This article highlights four African American psychologists, Beverly Prosser, A. Wade Boykin, Barbara Robinson Shade and Asa Hilliard II. Prosser, Boykin, Robinson Shade and Hilliard III had a significant positive impact on cognition, teaching and learning of African American/Black students within a US contexts.

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Why is it important?

In an era of negative or no representations of African American/Black psychologists in mainstream psychology program in the US, It is important to acknowledge the positive contributions made by African American/Black psychologists who contributed to teaching and learning from pre-k through graduate school. Several aspects of this article are noteworthy: Black psychologists had a positive impact on teaching and learning in US schools and beyond, and the four psychologists continue to be influential in the areas of critical race theory and afro-centric pedagogy.


It is important that psychologists of color be able to document and tell their own stories. Historically, very few Black psychologists are represented in traditional psychology programs throughout the US. Working in collaboration with my co-authors was an amazing experience that lead to further discussions regarding the necessity of creating a space and place for Black voices, and other voices of color in psychological studies in education.

Sharon Tettegah
University of California Santa Barbara

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This page is a summary of: Righting the historical record: Highlighting the significant contributions of Black psychologists in American schools., American Psychologist, May 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/amp0001114.
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