Askhari Johnson Hodari, Ph.D., a practitioner of Black/Africana Studies, has studied and collected African names for more than two decades. She has also performed and participated in countless naming ceremonies in the United States and abroad. Hodari received degrees from Spelman College and Howard University. She is the coauthor of Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs (Broadway Books, October 2009; and the author of the Black Facts Calendars. Hodari makes her home in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the birthplaces of the Civil Rights Movement. 

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