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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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Lectures

Here are some of the lectures that I currently deliver across the UK at various institutions, organisations and universities.  If you would like to book a lecture at your organisation or venue, please use the contact page or you can connect with me via my Facebook or Twitter pages.

Lecture 1 – The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street

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? This presentation addresses those questions.

Lecture 2 – Ancient Egypt, the Equinox, and the Belief in Resurrection

Is there a connection between Easter and the Ancient Egyptian religion of the resurrection? If Easter represents the death and resurrection of the founder of Christianity, why does it change every year? Is it true that portions of the Christian traditions were copied from the Ancient Egyptian traditions? This presentation addresses all of these interesting questions.

Lecture 3 – Intellectual Life and Legacy of the West African City of Timbuktu

Everybody has heard of Timbuktu , but what do we really know about this mysterious city? Popular mythology presents Timbuktu as the most distant place on earth. Others describe it as a great early centre of West African learning that has still preserved its early manuscripts? What is the truth? Where is the evidence?

Lecture 4 – Black Women and the Evolution of Music

This highly informative and inspirational presentation tells the story of Black women in the origin and evolution of music. This journey takes us from Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, through the giants of the Jazz era, through the Soul and Gospel eras, the Classical divas, through the Hip-Hop era up to the present period. Along the great artists discussed are Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Jessye Norman and Missy Elliott.

Lecture 5 – The Mysterious Sciences of the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of the Egyptian desert has been studied and surveyed by mathematicians 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?

Lecture 6 – Economic Development in the Black Community

Considering the present economic climate: Can the Black Community afford to be ignorant about money? In this lecture Robin Walker explains the basic principles of wealth creation by addressing the following issues: What is keeping the Black Community in poverty? Why mainstream economics and business education is a deception. What are your first steps to getting into business? What are your first steps to getting into property? The session ends with a practical action plan to get you off the plantation towards financial freedom.

You need to make this lecture your FIRST stepping stone to financial freedom

Lecture 7 – The Rise and Fall of the Republic of Palmares

The Republic of Palmares was an all Black state in Portuguese and Dutch controlled Brazil. Set up in 1595 by runaway slaves, this state was a refuge for Africans that had escaped from slavery. The Portuguese and Dutch colonial authorities were not happy about the existence of this republic and tried many times to destroy it. This presentation tells the 99 year history of the brave Africans in Brazil who stood up to the slave traders.

Lecture 8 – Lost Civilisations of Central Africa

This is a visually stunning presentation that addresses the early history and achievements of the Kingdoms and Empires of Kongo, Kush, Medieval Nubia, Great Benin, Hausaland, and Kanem Borno. These kingdoms flourished in inner Africa during Ancient or Mediaeval times. What was life like in these kingdoms? We also introduce great personalities such as Pharaoh Taharqo, Mai Idris Alooma and Ann Nzinga.

Lecture 9 – When We Ruled: A visual journey through thousands of years of Black History

Based on the book, When We Ruled, this introductory presentation addresses the following questions: What history do Black People have before the slave trade? What was a typical African city like? What were the public and private buildings like? What products did Africans make? Who did they sell them to? What did they do with the money? The civilisations covered are the Songhai Empire, Great Zimbabwe, the Swahili Confederation, Ancient Nubia, Ancient Egypt and Axum/Abyssinia.
 
Lecture 10 – The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street
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? This presentation addresses those questions.
Lecture 11 – Understanding the Book of the Dead (Parts 1 and 2)
The Ancient Egyptians had a practice of burying the dead with a papyrus roll called ‘Coming Forth By Day’. This roll, better known asThe 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.
Lecture 12 – Intellectual Life and Legacy of the West African City of Timbuktu
Everybody has heard of Timbuktu, but what do we really know about this mysterious city? Popular mythology presents Timbuktu as the most distant place on earth. Others describe it as a great early centre of West African learning that has still preserved its early manuscripts? What is the truth? Where is the evidence?
Lecture 13 – Black Women and the Evolution of Music
This highly informative and inspirational presentation tells the story of Black women in the origin and evolution of music. This journey takes us from Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, through the giants of the Jazz era, through the Soul and Gospel eras, the Classical divas, through the Hip-Hop era up to the present period. Along the great artists discussed are Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Jessye Norman and Missy Elliott.
Lecture 14 – The Mysterious Sciences of the Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid of the Egyptian desert has been studied and surveyed by mathematicians 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?
Lecture 15 – Mansa Musa, Black Wall Street and the Seven Key Empowerment Lessons
Considering the present economic climate: Can the Black Community afford to be ignorant about money and empowerment? This lecture details two of our greatest success stories – Mansa Musa, the fabulously wealthy 14th century West African Emperor, and the Black Wall Street of 1921, a business district of 600 Black businesses. Based on these successes, Walker explains the Seven Key Empowerment Principles that you can use today to motivate yourself to achieve your goals.
Lecture 16 – The Rise and Fall of the Republic of Palmares
The Republic of Palmares was an all Black state in Portuguese and Dutch controlled Brazil. Set up in 1595 by runaway slaves, this state was a refuge for Africans that had escaped from slavery. The Portuguese and Dutch colonial authorities were not happy about the existence of this republic and tried many times to destroy it. This presentation tells the 100 year history of the brave Africans in Brazil who stood up to the slave traders.
Lecture 17 – Lost Civilisations of Central Africa
This is a visually stunning presentation that addresses the early history and achievements of the Kingdoms and Empires of Kongo, Kush, Medieval Nubia, Great Benin, Hausaland, and Kanem Borno. These kingdoms flourished in inner Africa during Ancient or Mediaeval times. What was life like in these kingdoms? We also introduce great personalities such as Pharaoh Taharqo, Mai Idris Alooma and Ann Nzinga.
Lecture 18 – Everyday Life in an early West African empire
Based on a book of the same name, this presentation covers life in the 15th and 16th century West African empire of Songhai – an empire that ruled two-thirds of West Africa. What was life like for an ordinary person? The lecture discusses issues such as family life, education, work, law and order, trade and industry, religious conflict, town, village and city life. This lecture highlights the cultural richness of the empire by examining its many economic, political, aesthetic, religious, technological and scientific distinctions.
Lecture 19 – African American and Black Diasporan contributions to science and invention
Did you know that a dozen African Americans contributed to the invention of the nuclear bomb? African Americans made importance contributions to science invention since the 18th century. This lecture documents these pioneers in astronomy, town planning, industry, chemistry, medicine, surgery, etc. Among the great names discussed are Benjamin Banneker, Daniel Williams, George Carver and Jan Matzeliger.
Lecture 20 – Survey of Ancient African Arts and Crafts
This visually stunning lecture examines the theories behind early African art and craft. It also discusses in detail the Rock Paintings of the Sahara, the Sculptures of Ancient Nigeria, the Royal Arts of the Yoruba and Benin. The lecture also considers the Wooden Masterpieces of Central Africa and the Illuminated Manuscripts of Ethiopia.
Lecture 21 – Origin and Evolution of Black Music (Parts 1 and 2)
Who really invented Rock and Roll? In this popular and highly engaging lecture, Robin Walker discusses the origin and development of Black Music from African Music, the 18th century, to the present day. He examines the development of Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Ska, Funk, House and Acid House.

 

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