We shout out Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for being the spear head of PBS’s AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS! They take a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.
The African continent are the origins of art, writing and civilization itself
This amazing special took PBS and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. a year to shoot. They went to 12 African countries. And the result is exhilarating, with a six-hour series on 200,000 years of African history! Henry became interested in studying Africa in 1960, when he was only 10 years old, many African nations had become independent from colonialism. Countries like Gambia, Kenya, Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, the Congo among many others emerged as free countries. And mesmerizing African leaders like Masha Chubay, Patrice Lumumba and Mogadishu were on the world stage leading the revolution! Take a look at this special and spread the word to others, regardless of race. there’s a lot of catching up to do about Africa! SEE PROGRAM HERE
The above video also talks about our start as human beings and the glory of Africa! There are many more where this came from, but we must fight the years of racist conditioning that claimed Africa is and was a place of little to no worth. In truth, we are all African, and are the beneficiaries of this beautiful continents many contributions to the world as we know it.
Was Africa Purposely Left Out Of History Books In Our Schools?
The answer is yes. The why is because of slavery — Europeans wanted to justify an economic order of slavery which depended upon our ancestors’ exploitation. 12.5 million Africans were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean between the 16th century and the 19th century, that’s 300 years, day after day Africans being shipped out to various European run places. These places were incorrectly called the “new world”. It wasn’t new to any other peoples except for Europeans. The pre-colonial world knew all about Africa. There wasn’t a moment really since the ancient Egyptians when Northern Africa, the Mediterranean world and the larger world wasn’t in touch with African civilizations, with some part of Africa. The Red Sea was a highway. The Nile was a highway. The Sahara was a highway, particularly after the domestication of camels, and the Indian Ocean, highways.
The emperor of great Zimbabwe ate off porcelain plates that came from China. That’s the 13th century. It’s incredible. Most of Europe’s gold between 1000 A.D. and 1500 A.D. came from West Africa. All our history was stolen from us. In fact, if it wasn’t for the perfect timing of Africa being weak thru internal wars, the Europeans would never have been able to take slaves from the continent.
But once they were able to… things that were bad got even worse! After 1884 was the conference in Berlin, when European powers sat down, looked at an empty map of Africa, and basically carved it up like you carve up a pizza pie. And they go, you’re Spain. What do you want? You’re Italy. What do you want? You’re England. What do you want? You’re King Leopold. He personally got the Congo.
So, they had to create a fiction of Africa as an empty place or a static place full of primitive people who were stuck in time. And those were ostensibly our ancestors.
The Berlin conference was when European powers carved up ownership of Africa like you carve up a pizza pie
It’s also good to be aware of companies and brands that contribute to this type of programming. So when you’re in the store shopping you can support businesses that support us. Here’s a list of the companies that gave major corporate support for Africa’s Great Civilizations.
Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, and Ancestry, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gilder Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS. …Clap for em!