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Umar Abdullah-Johnson


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  • Mental Health
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  • Pennsylvania, United States

Umar Abdullah-Johnson is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who practices privately throughout Pennsylvania and lectures throughout the country. Umar is a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator. As a school psychologist Umar evaluates children ages 3-21 in an effort to determine if they have educational disabilities and a need for special education services. Umar is considered a national expert on learning disabilities and their effect on Black children, as well an expert on helping schools and parents modify challenging behaviors that can ultimately lead to disruptive behavior disorder diagnoses in Black boys. As a child therapist, Umar specializes in working with at-risk, violent, suicidal and depressed African-American boys and girls. For five years he served as the youngest of five African-American male school psychologists in the 5th largest public school district in America  The School District of Philadelphia. Umar has received commendations for his volunteer work throughout the Pan-African community, and has been a featured guest on various Black talk shows throughout the United States. In addition to his media appearances, Umar is a highly sought after motivational and informational speaker who has presented at workshops, conferences, awards ceremonies, graduations and expert panels throughout the country. As an educator, psychologist, therapist and historian, Umar is considered an authority on the education of African-American children and on mental health in the Black community.

His diverse array of past presentations and keynotes have included such topics as: Special Education Law, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Black Boys, Black-on-Black Violence, Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder, Classroom Management for Teachers, What s Wrong with Special Education, Marcus Garvey & Frederick Douglass in Black History, Effective Parenting Practices, The College Application Process, Understanding Depression in Black Children, The Over-identification of Black Children as Mentally Retarded and Learning Disabled, Black Male-Female Relationships, and Preparing Black Teenagers for Success. Umar is founder and Chief Scout Master for the Emmett Till, Hector Peterson and Scottsboro Boys Pan-African Boys Scouts Program and the Queen Nzingah, Harriet Tubman and Birmingham Four Pan-African Girl Scouts Program; both of which are independent African mentorship programs for youth.

Umar is former Minister of Education for the Marcus Garvey Movement, the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Umar is a writer, political scientist, and consultant to families, educators, mental health professionals and charter schools throughout the country. Umar currently hosts a psycho-educational community lecture series at the African-American Museum in Philadelphia. Umar has presented before embassies, museums, schools, universities, churches, correctional facilities, stadiums, international audiences and at community centers. As one of the most popular faces and voices on the east coast focusing upon the proper development of African & African-American children, 33-year-old Umar is a fast rising star in the field of Black psychology and education.

Speaking topics (Complete list available upon request)

ADHD, CD, ODD & the Mis-Education of Black Boys
Effective Behavioral Modification for Teachers, Educators & Parents
Single Parenthood: What You Must Do To Ensure You Raise Healthy Children
Black Children of Divorce: Knowing what to do and how to ease the pain
Black Male-Female Relationships #2: Take Responsibility for your Own Happiness

Everything Parents need to know about Special Education Law & Practice
Re-Segregation by Another Name: The Absence of Mentally Gifted Black Children
Female Teachers & Black Boys: Symbolism, Manhood & Gender Issues
Motivating at-Risk Children to Succeed Despite the Odds
Reaching & Teaching Black Boys & Teenagers

Incarceration or Extermination? America's Plan for Black Men in the U.S.
Life Under Obama: The Future for Blacks in America
This Far By Faith: The Failure of Black Leadership in the 21st Century
Nationalism Vs. Integrationism: The Ongoing Debate in the Black Community
Arrested by Testing: High Stakes Testing & the Politicization of Black School Failure

Frederick Douglass & Marcus Garvey: Racial Leadership Outside the Church
Harriet Tubman & The Conspiracy to Suppress Black Female Leadership
The History of Black Education: Brown V. Board to No Child Left Behind
Up You Might Race: The Marcus Garvey Movement in the Black Memory
Do For Self: The Annihilation of Black Economic Power in America
King of them All: Martin Luther King Jr & the Politics of Passive Aggression

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