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The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality

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Now in its 30th printing, this classic presents historical, archaeological, and anthropological evidence to support the theory that ancient Egypt was a black civilization.

(translation of sections of Antériorité des civilisations négres and Nations nègres et culture)
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1974)
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Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: translated
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The Ancient Egyptians, the founders of the civilisation that built the pyramids and brought writing, geometry, religion and science to the Greeks (and others), were Black, as in 'Negro' as in, they looked more like the Yoruba or the Kikuyu or the Xhosa than any group of Semitic people.* They came from the interior, from Nubia (Sudan) or the drying Western Sahara. Their sacred sites were in Upper Egypt, their true homeland. Their gods were there, and t
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of information and facts exposing white washing of origins of Carthage, Egypt, etc. Every person of African descent should read this book. African history needs to be claimed back and told from the perspective of the African. It is a definitive work without a doubt
Highly recommended reading
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The author argues that the ancient Egyptians (Anu) were Negroes. Their gods Osiris and Isis were depicted as black. A bas-relief from the 18th Dynasty (16th century BC) depicts the order of races known to the Egyptians: Egyptians, Nahasi (Blacks), Namou (Asian), and Tamhou (tattooed whites). The Egyptians and Nahasi were different shades of reddish-brown.
The leading Egyptologists of the 19th century argued against the Negro origin of Egyptians, and their theories of a white Egyptian race won ou
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
if there is a bible of african history this is genesis
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Let's just say Elizabeth Taylor was not accurately cast as Cleopatra.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This highly technical and scholarly book is fast becoming a classic in the study of ancient African history.
The book is actually an English translation of large parts of two of Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop’s works in French: “Nations Negres et Culture” and “Anteriorite des Civilizations Negres”.
The late Mercer Cook (French Professor Emeritus, Howard University) did a marvelous job translating the complex historical facts, themes and ideas of one of the world’s greatest scholars.
Diop boldly states his p
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone of any race who is interested in Black Studies
Recommended to Tracey by: Dr. Clovis Semmes
this is one of the textbooks for an Intro to African American Studies class i'm taking. it's a little tough to read at times, but i think that's because i was overwhelmed at the amount of information Diop provided to counter claims made by historians. i'm looking forward to checking out some of the sources Diop cited in his arguments. there's so much history that we don't much that has been denied, disrespected, and removed in relation to Africa. this book serves as a good foundation t ...more
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Tremendous amount of information within these pages. Fascinating and illuminating discoveries. Worthy of 5 stars had Diop not been difficult to follow at times. His argument seemingly jumps from points without much connection or reference. If you're going to read this text, I'd highly recommend a dictionary and encyclopedic source remain handy, otherwise this could become a frustrating read rather quickly. If you're up for the challenge--and hopefully you will be because it's SO worth the effort ...more
A.T. Hicks
Where should I start?

This book reformed my way of thinking about Egyptians and their portrayal in Euro-centric history. In a nutshell: through supreme intellectual prowess, slyness and meticulous scientific research, he shot every lie about Egyptians being white to hell.

A must read.

Peaches and the Gambler (#1) by A.T. Hicks
X-Man Francis
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was eye opening. The historical evidence and analysis convincingly indicated that ancient Egypt has black origins. The author addresses the extent to which this history has been manipulated and whitewashed by western historians and archaeologists. His tone comes across as angry at times but his facts and analyses are impeccable. Anyone interested in black/African history should read this book.
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Cheikh Anta Diop was an Afrocentric historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician who studied the human race's origins and pre-colonial African culture.

Diop's first work translated into English, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality, was published in 1974. It gained a much wider audience for his work. He proved that archaeological and anthropological evidence supported his view
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“When we say that the ancestors of the Blacks, who today live mainly in Black Africa, were the first to invent mathematics, astronomy, the calendar, sciences in general, arts, religion, agriculture, social organization, medicine, writing, technique, architecture; that they were the first to erect buildings out of 6 million tons of stone (the Great Pyramid) as architects and engineers—not simply as unskilled laborers; that they built the immense temple of Karnak, that forest of columns with its famed hypostyle hall large enough to hold Notre-Dame and its towers; that they sculpted the first colossal statues (Colossi of Memnon, etc.)—when we say all that we are merely expressing the plain unvarnished truth that no one today can refute by arguments worthy of the name.” 9 likes
“Only a loyal, determined struggle to destroy cultural aggression and bring out the truth, whatever it may be, is revolutionary and consonant with real progress; it is the only approach which opens on to the universal. Humanitarian declarations are not called for and add nothing to real progress.” 5 likes
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