African History

Benin Punitive Expedition 1897

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2HHWsr3A2M This short video explains in brief detail the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897 and the resultant pillage of the kingdom by the British. But then one important issue must be attended to in this narrative. Towards then end of this video the narrator undoubtedly acknowledge the technical sophistication of the works of arts of… Continue reading Benin Punitive Expedition 1897

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African Americans

Book of the Month: Before the Mayflower

  Before the Mayflower By Lerone Bennett Jr.   What is Africa to me: Copper sun or scarlet sea, Jungle star or jungle track, Strong bronzed men, or regal black Women from whose loins I sprang When the birds of Eden sang?                              Countee Cullen     (Click the link below to get pdf version)… Continue reading Book of the Month: Before the Mayflower

History

Book of the Month: Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology

Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology By Chiekh Anta Diop   I dedicate this book to the memory of Ailoune Diop who died on the battlefield of African culture. Alioune, you knew what you came to do on this earth: A life entirely dedicated to others, nothing for yourself, everything for others, a heart filled… Continue reading Book of the Month: Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology

African Americans, Africans, Poetry

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967 I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the        flow of human blood in human vein. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut… Continue reading The Negro Speaks of Rivers

African Americans, African History, History, Leadership, Politics

The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois To Burghardt and Yolande The Lost and the Found Of Our Spiritual Strivings O water, voice of my heart, crying in the sand, All night long crying with a mournful cry, As I lie and listen, and cannot understand The voice of my heart… Continue reading The Souls of Black Folk

Africans, Black Slave, History, Politics

Birth of the Negro myth

Birth of the Negro myth by Cheikh Anta Diop When Herodotus visited it, Egypt had already lost its independence a century earlier. Conquered by the Persians in 525, from then on it was continually dominated by the foreigner: after the Persians came the Macedonians under Alexander (333 B.C.), the Romans under Julius Caesar (50 B.C.),… Continue reading Birth of the Negro myth