The history of the Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS) has now been unfolding for over sixteen years. It began when Niambi (Barbara) and I knew that I was going to retire from The Ohio State University. We acknowledged that I was not going to sit and do nothing. We also knew that we had been active in the African community throughout our marriage. Therefore, what ever I did would continue this community work. So, we examined what work had been done in order to get clues for future activity.
Some of the community work included participation in independent African schools, private African centered counseling offices, Africentric counselor and teacher development and the development and implementation of the African Center for Study and Worship. After looking at all of these areas of activity, we recognized several common threads and needs.