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via @Vhuhwavho Dzhivhuho “What became of the Black people of Sumer?” the traveller asked the old man, “For ancient records show that the people of Sumer were black what happened to them? “AH,” the old man sighed, “They los…
By Mama Ayanna MashamaEach year officially since 1979 we have used the month of August to focus on the oppressive treatment of our brothers and sisters disappeared inside the state run gulags and c…
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Re-blogged from: The African Renaissance
“From 1988 to 1991, French photographer Daniel Laine photographed 70 African monarchs, “whose dynasties marked the history of Africa until the middle of the twentieth century.” With hundreds of monarchs to choose from, Laine focused on those who continued to “retain a traditional and spiritual authority that is difficult for the Western mind to comprehend.”
Laine recalls the difficulties of getting permission for the photographs, the sensitive diplomatic negotiations involved in many cases. A war in Sudan prevented Laine from photographing the king of Shiluk, a descendant of black dynasties that ruled Egypt. Others, including the king of Swaziland, declined to be photographed. With each striking photograph, Laine provides a brief biography and historical notes about the tribe and its rituals. Among those photographed are Chukumela Nnam Obi II, the Oba of Ogba, Nigeria; El Hadj Sheehu Idris, emir of Zaria, Nigeria; and Goodwill Zwelethini, king of the Zulu, South Africa. The book includes historical background by Pierre Alexandre on the origins and significance of African kingdoms.
The hardcover book (no longer in print) is 160 pages. It was published in 2000 by Ten Speed Press (ISBN-10: 1580082246, ISBN-13: 978-1580082242). For some reviews and additional information, you can check out the book’s page on Amazon. There you can also find links to online stores selling copies of the book (both new and used).
Please keep in mind the pictures and descriptions are from over 20 years ago. It is likely much has changed and some of these Kings may no longer be alive. I attempted to find some recent information on some of these individuals but updates were sparse and it was difficult to validate any of the information I did find. If any history buffs have moredetails, please let us know in the comments below!
“… I eagerly read new books covering contemporary topics; We must be informed about current events and trends in order to affect change and speak intelligently about the present. Yet my father and countless other mentors I’ve been blessed to have, helped me develop a healthy appreciation for classic books that addressed historical themes. Such books they suggested, provide the framework for understanding how we arrived at present circumstances. So according to my mentors, it was completely inexcusable to call oneself well-read if one did not ingest The Miseducation of the Negro,The Souls of Black Folk, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, From Superman to Man,Wretched of the Earth, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, They Came Before Columbus,Capitalism and Slavery, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism, and so many other works. both non-fiction and fiction.
One such work I often don’t hear people talking about is Chancellor Williams‘ The Destruction of Black Civilization. The late historian and sociologist was an unapologetic “race man,” concerned with addressing and solving problems pertaining to Black people. This classic does just that, using clear language and ample evidence to explain how Europeans and Arabs conquered our people historically until the present today.
Williams lists several factors in our demise including natural (Africa’s unfortunate transformation of fertile areas to desert, cultural (the European’s hegemonic use of religion and dishonest scholarship), and economic ( land, labor and wealth theft via colonialism, enslavement and imperialism). In addition, he cites racial amalgamation (interbreeding and racial reclassification), as a key factor to disrupting our cultural integrity and identity.
Of course, the foregoing represent external contributors to Africa’s decline. What I find most relevant however is Williams’ premise that internal factors (African fragmentation and disunity) played an equal role in African conquest! In fact, he suggests that this unfortunate dynamic still exists:
Just as it is in the case of Africa and Black people everywhere, the central problem of over 30 million Blacks in America is unity…The picture of several thousand Black organizations, each independent and vying for leadership, is substantially the same picture of fragmentation and disunity in Africa that led to the downfall of the entire race. We have often seen that even in earlier times very often all that was involved was that somebody wanted to be the “head,” was not getting there fast enough, and therefore, organized his own little state. Most of them perished, picked off one by one. The same thing will happen to any Black organizations, standing alone, that disturb the white mind. (341)
As disturbing as this is, Williams was not lying. How many times have you witnessed someone initiate a project for Black advancement only to have it undermined by another person who started their own identical or similar project soon afterwards, causing two people to compete for scarce funding and support? How many times has a Black organization started only to be shortchanged by rival elements who’ve gone on to start another organization not due to serious ideological disagreement, but to jealousy and a selfish desire be in charge? Both Marcus Garvey’s UNIA, and Elijah Muhammad’s NOI suffered from this dynamic.
On a much smaller scale, a good friend shared with me how he started a Facebook discussion group with a large membership. Just months later, three members left to begin three separate discussion groups of their own not radically different ( only in name) from the group he originally started! I have witnessed this firsthand, as I wonder why 10 different groups can’t work together on one common project and see it through to completion.
Those that know me will bear witness that I’m one of the first people to decry white supremacy and external challenges to Black liberation. However, I’m equally critical of our internal challenges as well. We cannot scatter our scarce energy, resources and support in a thousand different directions and be effective Hopefully, we’ll conquer these demons and learn to work together in meaningful ways. At this point, we’ve sadly proven Chancellor Williams’ 1977 prophesy true:
The main obstacles which confronted us in the past and are with us today will still be with us in the year 2000 and after….and for the rest of this century it is very likely that Blacks will still be meeting, listening to and applauding fiery speeches, protesting and denouncing injustices, or happily relying on politics as the ultimate solution of our problems. The frustrations, confusions of goals, and a sense of helplessness are likely to continue into the next century…”
Re-blogged from: mytruesense.org
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Symonds, there is a description of someone who has sustained a brain injury. After a period of unconsciousness he would be ‘unaware of his environment and be inaccessible . . . He is at first…
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An Aurelien Henry OBAMA thoughts on African Warrior conceptions Friday 4 April 2008 by SHIAIMAGAZINE , Aurélien Henry OBAMA I have always been asking myself who is an African warrior? What are the …
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