Black History Culture : Regaining Our History

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  1. Chinelo

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    In many sectors there seems to be some controversy about the racial make-up of the Egyptian people, i.e. whether they were White or Black. This is a simplistic approach to a much more complicated set of circumstances since Egypt's strategic location brought people in from the south with Nubian and equatorial African influence and from the northern coast of Africa and the Middle East with Afro-Mediterranean and Semitic influences. The Biblical record places Egypt among the "Black" countries. Melanin dosage tests of mummified remains (controversial due to damage caused by the embalming process) seem to indicate a level of melanocytes consistent with a people of a semi tropical to temperate climate zone.

    Egypt continues to dominate the focus of our African oriented studies. These studies have clearly demonstrated that not only were early Egypt's origins African, but that through the whole of Egypt's Dynastic Era (the age of the Pharaohs), and during all of her many periods of national splendor, men and women with black skin complexions, broad noses, full lips, and tightly curled hair, were dominant in both the general population and governing elite.

    In the intense and unrelenting struggle to establish scientifically the African foundations of Egyptian civilization, the late Senegalese scholar Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop remains a most fierce and ardent champion. Dr. Diop (1923-1986) was without a doubt one of the world's leading Egyptologist and held the position of Director of the Radiocarbon Laboratory at the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa in Dakar, Senegal. In stating the importance of the work, Diop noted emphatically and early on that, "The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians dare to connect it with the history of Egypt."

    The solid range of methodologies employed by Dr. Diop in the course of his extensive Afro-Egyptian labors included: examinations of the epidermis of the mummies of Egyptian kings for verification of their melanin content; precise osteological measurements and meticulous studies in the various relevant areas of anatomy and physical anthropology; careful examinations and comparisons of modern Upper Egyptian and West African blood-types; detailed Afro-Egyptian linguistic studies and the corroboration of distinct Afro-Egyptian cultural traits; documents of racial designations employed by the early Africans themselves; Biblical testimonies and references that address the ancient Egyptian's ethnicity, race and culture; and the writings of early Greek and Roman travelers and scholars describing the physical characteristics of the ancient Egyptians.

    The original Egyptians were unmixed pure black folks. When they were at the pinnacle of their glory they were not a mixed group by any means. During the middle dynasties especially (and later) when people migrated to this great land there was some intermarrying. This is natural and doesn't need to be debated. It was even done within royalty lines at times to solidify alliances, which was a common practice between powers during that period of history. Chancellor Williams refers to this phenomenon in his book "The Destruction of Black Civilization." And frankly, he theorizes that this mixing was part of the reason for the fall of Black Civilization. Nevertheless, there was never so much of this that at any time the ancient Egyptians could ever be classified as other than a black people.

    It's reasonable to say that Egypt was a gateway for the meeting and interchange of goods, ideas, and people; and that the Egyptians were themselves a unique expression of human strength, beauty, intelligence and diversification. Ancient Egypt was an African civilization. It is also interesting to note that the Biblical record states "Israel also came into Egypt...the land of Ham." (Psalm 105: 23).

    Plus we need to be reminded that Egypt is in Africa (not the Middle East) and that all of the Pharaohs (up to and including the 25th Dynasty) would have been required to "sit at the back of a bus" in the 1940s in Montgomery Alabama.
     
  2. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    Regaining Our History...this could morph into a great educational curriculum

    Brother Chinelo,

    Keep up with the below link, save it somewhere...we may need you to put together and teach this Curriculum(Regaining our History) in Our Own Black School, for our youths and adults...Peace In my brother friend, for real:

    http://destee.com/forums/showpost.php?p=597150&postcount=8


     
  3. Chinelo

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    Thats a wonderful idea brother clyde, i will definitely look into this, and save the link....peace!
     
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    Thanks Chinelo...it may not look like it, but some of us are really trying to unite and do something about our self-hate, and liberate our people from the belly of the beast...let's stay in touch, Peace In.

     
  5. Chinelo

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    Oh brother have no fear, i never feel defeated, i know many brothers and sisters are facing this challenge, but it shall be overcame, its already happening, just beneath the surface....;)

    Thanks Bro
     
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    "We are history. We cannot live in the future - the future is always in front of us. And the
    present is essentially the leading edge of the past. You don't leave your past behind.
    The past lives in your brain; in your behavior; the way you see life and the way you see
    yourself. Everything that happens to you in the present is filtered through past
    experiences present in your mind. This means the past is operationally present at every
    moment. If that past is distorted, if your perception of it is incorrect, if it's absent.. Then
    when you look at things in the present, your perception will be distorted. You will not be
    able to effectively use what you see right in front of your face. You will not be able to
    take advantage of possibilities that you have nor will you be able to design your own
    future, because your history has been distorted." -Amos Wilson
     
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    Yes brother clyde i just checked out the site, it seems wonderful, i responded on sister destee's school thread and asked some questions on how far along is the process so far, and what if anything i could do to help, in order to get whatever is needed going.

    I would love to teach a course there, for brothers and sisters.

    :court:
     
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    I know Brother Chinelo, my mind doesn't fool me about your desire to teach our people, even Stevie Wonder could see that:)...I have replied to that post and will do all I can to bring it about...it is inexcusable for us not to be able to pull this off...again, Peace In my friend.

     
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