LSA39 Keynote Speaker

The Liberian Studies Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Sakui Malakpa will be the Keynote Speaker at the LSA39 banquet on the evening of March 24, 2007.

Dr. Malakpa is a Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Physical and Special Education at the University of Toledo. He teaches courses in Special Education, Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Cultural Diversity, and a graduate seminar. Additionally, he has led African Studies seminars for the Adult Liberal Studies (ALS) program. He coordinates the Vision Program at the University and teaches all vision courses.

In addition to his scholarly articles and monographs, Dr. Malakpa is an avid commentator on African issues, including the brain drain and people with disabilities. He also wrote TheVillage Boy, set in two small waterfront African villages, and is a regular presenter at both national and international conferences.

Born in Wozi, Lofa County in Liberia, Dr. Malakpa was attending C. H. Dewey High School in Bomi Hills when he lost his sight. Later, President Tolbert awarded him a scholarship to attend the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Upon learning braille, he matriculated to Albert Academy where he completed secondary education. From there he went to Florida State University earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and then on to Harvard University where he earned another master’s and his doctorate. He then earned his postdoctoral degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.

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