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Here is additional information about his passing that was posted on that board.

Greetings All,

I was informed that early this morning (8/13) the great teacher Asa Hilliard passed away in Cairo from complications related to Malaria, which he recently contracted in Ghana. I was passing through Cairo Intl Airport about 9 am this morning on my way from fieldwork in the Sudan and before I left the airport I was given a phone call by one who cared for him in his last hours. My colleague who was with our elder brother and scholar in his last minutes told me that Dr. Hilliard died peacefully.

My latest personal memories of Dr. Hilliard were in February 2006, when he and I sat next to each other during a panel discussion on the fraudulent King Tut image in an exhibit which was showing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (This same exhibit is currently at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where there are continued protests). The four panelists were Hilliard, Theophile Obenga, Martin Bernal and myself. Obenga and Bernal gave their presentations first, so this gave Hilliard and I the chance to make observations, comments, and exchange a few jokes here and there. After each of our formal remarks, and during the open discussion, Hilliard was very interested in a linguistic exchange between Obenga and Bernal and it has clear to him that Obenga would have won this debate if the panel moderator had not prematurely ended this particularly exchange regarding the two opposing linguistic viewpoints. As soon as Hilliard made his prediction to me of who will win this debate, the moderator surprisingly ended the discussion. Hilliard and I immediately looked at each other and just shook our heads in disappointment, mainly because this was the kind of information and interaction the large crowd came to witness.

Dr. Hilliard was always encouraging of other scholars to continuing with our work of reclaiming our legacy. May his legacy be honored among the honorable ancestors.

Advancing the work,

Manu Ampim