Ja A. Jahannes, Ph.D., a behavioral neuroscientist, writer, spoken word artist, composer, psychologist and educator, will be the guest speaker at Savannah State University’s (SSU) annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in the King-Frazier Student Center ballroom. Immediately following the program, the SSU Delta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will honor the life of one of the fraternity’s most distinguished members during an annual candlelight vigil that will begin on the front steps of the student center. Both events are free and open to the public.
Jahannes, who retired from SSU as a professor of behavior analysis, is a frequent writer, columnist, and contributing editor for numerous national and international publications. The recipient of numerous awards, Jahannes has written and produced 12 plays, published five books, a collection of essays, more than 200 articles, reviews, and poems, two oratorios, two symphony librettos, two opera librettos, a song cycle and the recent memoir anthology WordSong Poets.
“He is also the author of three novels: Big Man, The Prayer Stone and Sabbath Run. Jahannes has also written lyrics for more than 100 songs and directed many theatre and performance productions, touring in the U. S. and abroad. A BMI publisher and writer, Jahannes has lectured in Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe.
Jahannes received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Lincoln University in Pa., two master’s degrees from Hampton University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Delaware.”