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If you want to learn about early African History then I suggest you start with my series of books as they are probably the best introduction to the ancient and medieval history of Black people. This history is as important as the history of the peoples of Asia, Europe, or the Americas. Moreover, the achievements of the early people of Africa are as amazing and inspiring as the achievements of any other people. This history is much older than the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and looks at the ancient civilizations of Africa particularly those of the Nile Valley such as Nubia and Ancient Egypt. All books are fully illustrated and they each make recommendations to other books for more in depth study.
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If You Want To Learn Early African History – Start Here!

if you want to learn african history book coverIf you want to learn Early African History START HERE is probably the best introduction to the ancient and medieval history of Black people.

This history is as important as the history of the peoples of Asia, Europe, or the Americas. Moreover, the achievements of the early people of Africa are as amazing and inspiring as the achievements of any other people.

This history is much older than the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
In this book I introduce you to the early civilizations of Africa that existed long before the coming of the Europeans. Among these were the Songhai Empire, the Benin Empire, the Kanem-Borno Empire, the Monomotapa Empire, the Swahili Confederation, the Medieval Nubian kingdoms and the Axumite Empire.

There are also discussions about the ancient civilizations of Africa particularly those of the Nile Valley such as Nubia and Ancient Egypt.

The book is illustrated with 18 images and maps.

 

West African Contributions To Science & Technology

West African Contributions to Science & Technology Book CoverWhen West Africa is mentioned in a historical context, it is usually presented as the traditional hunting ground for slaves. Very few writers have shown any interest in the contributions of West Africans to science and technology, and thus there has been very little research that challenges the perspective that all that West Africans have ever been historically is to be under the whip of other peoples.

Fortunately, the tide is beginning to change, a National Geographic article entitled Reclaiming the Ancient Manuscripts of Timbuktu mentioned that some scholars believe that 700,000 manuscripts, some dating to the twelfth century, have survived in the West African city of Timbuktu. They also say the manuscripts ‘covered an array of subjects: astronomy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry,’ etcetera. The article mentioned other data that is little known today but well worth repeating: ‘Beginning in the 12th century, Timbuktu was becoming one of the great centers of learning in the Islamic world. Scholars and students traveled from as far away as Cairo, Baghdad, and elsewhere in Persia to study from the noted manuscripts found in Timbuktu. Respected scholars who taught in Timbuktu were referred to as ambassadors of peace throughout North Africa.’

Like the National Geographic article, this book presents a different side to West African historical achievements. Challenging all stereotypes, it is a general introduction to the exciting role played by early West Africans in the evolution of Mathematics, Astronomy & Physics, Metallurgy, Medicine & Surgery, Boat building & Navigation, Architecture, and Crafts & Industry.

 

African American Contributions To Science & Technology

African American contributions to science and technology book coverDid YOU know that a camera invented by a Black astrophysicist was used during the Apollo 16 space mission to collect ultraviolet images photographed from the moon?

Come to think of it,  did you know any of the following facts:

  • An early eighteenth century Virginia slave developed extremely effective treatments against skin and venereal disease. In fact: ‘His work was so outstanding that in 1729 the Virginia Legislature bought him from his owner, thus freeing him from slavery, to practice medicine exclusively’
  • Astronomical works by a late eighteenth century Black mathematician and astronomer were widely read and ‘became a household staple in early America along with the Bible’
  • A  nineteenth century African American blacksmith patented an invention described as ‘the most important single invention in the whole history of whaling’
  • A nineteenth century inventor of Black South American heritage created such a revolution to the shoe industry, that it was said of him: ‘What Edison is to artificial lighting, [he] is to footwear’
  • By 1913, African Americans held around 1,000 patents for various inventions in household goods, industrial machinery, transportation, electricity and chemical compounds
  • An African American physicist extended the Quantum Theory in the 1920s
  • Henry Ford described a Black botanist in the 1930s as ‘the greatest living scientist’
  • Another Black chemist invented synthetic cortisone, an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis that broke the monopoly that European chemists had on the production of sterols
  • Twelve Black scientists and mathematicians worked on the Manhattan Project, i.e. the American nuclear bomb project, during World War II
  • A Black surgeon headed the blood bank system of the US and the UK during World War II
  • The research of a Black physicist and inventor of the 1960s may hold a key to addressing the main concerns of out times – dwindling sources of useable energy, rising energy costs, and increasing demand for energy.

This ebook is a general introduction to the role played by the African Americans in the evolution of the Space Sciences, Invention, Mathematics & Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany & Zoology, and Medicine & Surgery.

 

Understanding The Book Of The Dead

understanding the book of the dead book coverThe Ancient Egyptians had a practice of burying the dead with a papyrus roll called ‘Coming Forth By Day’. This roll, better known as The Book of the Dead, was a text of the utmost importance.

It addressed the biggest questions of human existence and the afterlife.

What happens to your soul after death?

The Book of the Dead contains the oldest documented body of human ideas on this question. However, later religions have copied the Egyptian ideas and claimed them as their own.

It is for this reason that unscrupulous Christian ministers, dealing with topics they barely understand, have misled their flock into believing that the end of the world is coming soon.

In this book I explain the following:

1. Egyptian ideas and concepts of life and death
2. How the Egyptians used the Book of the Dead
3. The prehistory of the Book of the Dead
4. The Mysteries of Amenta
5. Judgement in the Hall of the Two Ma’ats

 

The Rise And Fall Of Black Wall Street

the rise and fall of black wall street book cover

Did you know that African Americans in Oklahoma created a ‘Negro Wall Street’ in the early 1920s?

The Oklahoma city of Tulsa in 1921 had a Black hospital, a Black public library, 2 Black public schools, 2 Black newspapers, 2 Black theatres, 5 hotels, 13 churches, 30 restaurants and perhaps 600 Black businesses!

What was the story of this great Black achievement?

What happened to all of this?

In this inspiring book I addresses these questions.

 

Black Economic Empowerment: Create Your Own Plan to Build Great Wealth

Black economic empowerment book coverConsidering the present economic climate: Can you afford to be ignorant about money?

In this book I explain the basic principles of wealth creation which ends with a step-by-step plan which ordinary people can follow.

You will discover:

1. What is keeping the Black Community in poverty
2. Why mainstream economics and business education is a deception
3. Your first steps to getting into business
4. Your first steps to getting into property
5. A practical action plan to get you off the plantation towards financial freedom

Make this book your first stepping stone to financial freedom

 

Intellectual Life And Legacy Of Timbuktu

intellectual life and legacy of timbuktu book coverThe city of Timbuktu has an important place in the history of the African people. The city existed as part of the story of the three great West African empires: Ancient Ghana, Medieval Mali and the Songhai Empire. Timbuktu’s intellectual tradition is well known and widely praised.

However, all of the important Black scholars have claimed that its intellectual heritage was destroyed in the sixteenth century by Arab and European invaders entering from Morocco. For example, Professor Chancellor Williams, in The Destruction of Black Civilization (US, Third World Press, 1987, p.207), claimed that: ‘In the Muslim destruction of the Songhay empire, the main centres of learning with all of their precious libraries and original manuscripts were destroyed first.’

He was not alone in this view. Professor Cheikh Anta Diop, in Precolonial Black Africa (US, Lawrence Hill Books, 1987, p.182), advances almost the same theory. He laments on the loss of: ‘the judicial and administrative archives: assistants of cadis [i.e. judges] kept minutes of the sessions. But tons of documents have disappeared.’

The ideas of Williams and Diop have influenced an entire generation of Black scholars into believing that West Africa’s intellectual heritage was mostly destroyed after the 1591 Arab and European invasion.

This lecture essay, Intellectual Life and Legacy of Timbuktu, was written to disprove this idea. The West African intellectual heritage still exists and the literature is still held by Black families and institutions who have passed on this literature from generation to generation as family heirlooms.

This inspiring lecture essay gives an account of this amazing intellectual legacy. There is a map and three illustrations.

 

The Black Musical Tradition: Journey of The Drum

the black musical tradition book coverMusic is an important part of the Black Cultural heritage. In The Black Musical Tradition, Robin Walker places the various types of African and African-derived music into a historical context. He tells the fascinating story of Black Music from Ancient Egyptian times to the Hip-Hop era.

He shows the links and commonalities that underlie Black Music with a discussion that includes African Court Music, Highlife, Work Song, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Techno and House.

The Black Musical Tradition also answers questions such as …
1. What are the key musical elements that define Black Music?
2. Who really invented Rock and Roll?
3. Is House and Techno really a part of the Black Musical tradition?

This lecture essay contains nine illustrations.

 

The Mysterious Sciences of The Great Pyramid

mysterious science of the great pyramid book coverDuring the time of Pharaoh Khufu (of the Fourth Egyptian Dynasty) the Great Pyramid of the Giza desert was constructed. This was the most important and controversial piece of architecture ever built. It has attracted the imaginations of mathematicians, explorers, and scientists for many hundreds of years.

What were their findings?

What do these findings tell us about the state of early African science and technology?

Is it true that the Great Pyramid encompasses high mathematical and scientific knowledge?

In this book, Robin Walker addresses these intriguing questions.

 

 

 

 

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