The Science and the Myth of Melanin: Exposing the Truths by T. Owens Moore, Ph.D

In this ground-breaking work, perhaps the first full-length scientific analysis of the substance found in practically all living organisms and inanimate objects, T. Owens Moore attempts to dispel the myths, expose the truth, and rectify the common misconceptions associated with melanin. Moore asserts that some writers, lacking a solid scientific foundation, have misled the general public about melanin.


In part one, he focuses on writers of five key texts that employ an African-centered perspective. The recurring theme espoused by these writers is that melanin alone is the entity that makes Black people psychologically and behaviorally different from non-Black people. Nothing could be further from the truth, argues Moore. In part two, discussing the physiology of melanin, Moore covers the nervous endocrine, visual, auditory, and vestibular systems as well as skin structure, vitamin D, and early childhood development. In part three, he explains why he feels that melanin acts as a conduit between the visible or material world and the unseen or spiritual world.


 T. Owens Moore is a physiological psychologist, a specialist in brain and behavior relationships, and a psychology professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.