Dr. Ama Mazama is an ordained Mambo (Vodou priestess) and serves as the Per-aat Universelle for Afrocentricity International (AI), an organization which she co-founded with Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, in 2011. In her role as Per-aat, she frequently travels throughout the diaspora, and across the African continent to organize local chapters of AI.
In addition to her organizing and spiritual work, Dr. Mazama is a Full Professor of Africology & African American Studies, and the Director of Graduate Studies at Temple University. The mother of three, Ama Mazama home schools her two youngest children, who often accompany her as she lectures nationally, throughout the United States, and internationally, in Paris, Vienna, London, Birmingham, South America, Benin, West Africa, and the Caribbean islands, her place of origin.
She is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Black Studies and teaches courses in African Religion; Caribbean Culture; Afrocentric Theory; and African American Social & Political Thought. Well known as an educational consultant for the infusion of African content in American schools, Mazama has written several books for teachers, in addition to her major texts on Afrocentric philosophy and theory. Her scholarly works critique domination and hegemonic philosophies, reveal the cultural, linguistic, and religious bases of Caribbean culture, especially Vodou, and examine cultural and critical methods of establishing an ethic of justice and equity.
A fierce warrior-scholar, Dr. Mazama is committed to recording and transmitting knowledge of the African cultural traditions to present and future generations. To this end, she has co-edited two encyclopedias, the Encyclopedia of Black Studies and the Encyclopedia of African Religion, which earned her praise for their pioneering work from the National Council of Black Studies.