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The Depth Psychology of Malcolm X

with Kwame Scruggs Ph.D.

Sunday, August 8th
4 – 5:30 pm PDT

“I was going through the hardest thing, also the greatest thing, for any human being to do;
to accept that which is already within you, and around you.”

—Malcolm X, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”

Kwame Scruggs identifies reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X as his “turning point,” the event that kicked-off his “process of individuation.” This encounter with the revolutionary ideas, activism, self-respect, and evolution of Malcolm X ultimately sent Kwame Scruggs on a path towards a Ph.D. in Mythology and a life engaged with myth and depth psychology. Along the way, Kwame began to understand more about the individuation journey of Malcolm X as well.

In this 90min salon + Q&A, Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., will explore the biography of Malcolm X through a depth psychological lens, highlighting the ways in which he detoxed from the dominant cultural narratives of white supremacy and patriarchy and ultimately integrated his once projected anima, shadow, and Wise Old Man.

Registrants of this salon can expect to learn more about the man, Malcolm X, his ideas and impact on culture, and the way that his life and activism on behalf of African-Americans can be understood through a Jungian lens.

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About Kwame Scruggs Ph.D.

Kwame Scruggs has over 20 years of experience using myth in the development of youth and adults. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Kwame also holds an MS degree in Technical Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Akron. In 1993, he was formally initiated into the Akan System of Life Cycle Development (African-based rites of passage).

Kwame is the founder of Alchemy Inc., a non-profit organization in Akron, Ohio that has used myths to engage adolescents since 2004. In 2012, Alchemy was one of 12 programs to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. Alchemy was also the backdrop for a feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.” 

He has taught and lectured widely, including various Jung Institutes nationwide. In 2020, Kwame received the Association of Teaching Artists (with Lincoln Center Education) Innovation in Teaching Artistry award. Kwame is a board member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

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