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The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants "Teach & Learn" Black History Curriculum​​

Specially designed for Parents, Teachers, Homeschool, or Independent Study, grades 5+

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Unit 1: Ancient Africa - The Cradle of Civilization
(200,000 B.C. - 476 B.C.)

Unit 1: Class 1: Out of Africa – The Origins of Humanity Part 1

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The Ishango bone is a bone tool, dated to the Upper Paleolithic era. It is a dark brown length of bone, the fibula of a baboon, with a sharp piece of quartz affixed to one end, perhaps for engraving. It was first thought to be a tally stick, as it has a series of what has been interpreted as tally marks carved in three columns running the length of the tool. But some scientists have suggested that the groupings of notches indicate a mathematical understanding that goes beyond counting.

Timeline of Early Hominid & Homo Sapiens 

Complete Hominid Time Line found only in Africa. Chad 7 million years ago Ethiopia 5 million years ago South Africa 3.5 - 4 million years ago.

  • Oldest Stone Tools: dated back to 2.5 million years ago in Ethiopia and other parts of the Rift Valley.

  • Domestic Use of Fire: 1.4 million years ago.

  • Oldest Fossils of Modern Man (Homo sapiens, Sapiens) [200,000] years ago in Ethiopia.

  • Oldest Example of Fishing - 110,000 years ago, N. E. Africa & South Africa.

  • Oldest Use of Pigments, 150,000 years ago, Rift Valley & South Africa.

  • Oldest Bone Tools, 90,000 years ago in South Africa.

  • Oldest Barbed Points & Hook, 70-90,000 years ago, N.E. & South Africa.  

  • ​​Oldest Jewelry Beads, [70,000] years ago, Central & South Africa.  

  • Oldest Homesite, 90,000 years ago, Sudan.  

  • Stargazing, 43,000 years ago, Nile Valley  

  • Iron Ore Mining, 43,000 years ago, ["Lion Cave" in Swaziland.] 

  • Oldest Known Mathematical Artifact, 37,000 years ago, Lebombo Bone, Swaziland.  

  • Oldest Example of Math Calculations, 27,000 years ago, Ishango Bone, Zaire.  

  • Oldest Rock Art (Apollo II Rock Shelter) Namibia, 28,000 years ago.  

  • Animal Domestication, 15,000 years ago, Ethiopia.

  • ​​Crop Cultivation, 18,000 years ago.

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Free Bonus Intro Unit: The Politics of Education: Enlightenment or Propaganda?

The Intro Unit analyzes the political nature of education as it relates to race. It investigates the African proverb, “It is the lion hunter who writes the lion’s history.” Students will explore the biased nature of education and how best to use education as a source of empowerment and enlightenment. It also examines the psychological effects of racism on both blacks and whites as demonstrated in
the pioneering “Doll Test” by Kenneth and Mamie Clarke, and the “Brown Eye, Blue Eye Experiment” conducted by Jane Elliott. ​The Unit ends with a class that highlights the successful conservative efforts to whitewash U.S. and world history textbooks and curricula in states like Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and beyond. 
INTRO UNIT: CLASS 1 - African History: The Missing Pages of World History
INTRO UNIT: CLASS 3 - The Psychological Effects of Racism on Blacks and Whites
INTRO UNIT : CLASS 2 - The Miseducation of the Negro
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INTRO UNIT: CLASS 4 - The Struggle Continues...The Ongoing Battle Against Racist Propaganda In Public Schools
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Unit 1: Ancient Africa - The Cradle of Civilation
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UNIT 1: CLASS 1 - Ancient Africa: The Origin of Humanity, PART 1
UNIT 1: CLASS 2 - Ancient Africa: The Origin of Humanity, PART 2
UNIT 1: CLASS 3 - The Beginnings of Civilization 
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UNIT 1: CLASS 4 - Ancient Nubia/Kush (6000 B.C. – 1500) Part 1
UNIT 1: CLASS 5 - Ancient Nubia/Kush (6000 B.C. – 1500) Part 2
UNIT 1: CLASS 6 - The Whitening of Ancient Kemet/Egypt
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UNIT 1: CLASS 7 - Ancient Egypt: Predynastic Period & The Old Kingdom (10,500 B.C. – 2,181 B.C.)  Part 1
UNIT 1: CLASS 8 - Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom & First Intermediate Period (3150 B.C. – 2055 B.C.) Part 2
UNIT 1: CLASS 9 - Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom & Second Intermediary Period (2055 B.C. – 1550 B.C.) 
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UNIT 1: CLASS 10 - Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (1550 B.C. – 712 B.C.) Part 1
UNIT 1: CLASS 11 - Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (1550 B.C. – 712 B.C.) Part 2
UNIT 1: CLASS 12 - Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (1550 B.C. – 712 B.C.) Part 3
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UNIT 1: CLASS 13 - The Queen of Sheba & Solomon (10th Century B.C. – 955 B.C.)
UNIT 1: CLASS 14 - Ancient Egypt: The 25th Nubian Dynasty & Late Period (760 B.C. – 332 B.C.) 
UNIT 1: CLASS 15 - Ancient Egypt: Greco-Roman Period (332 B.C. – 476 B.C.) 
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UNIT 1: CLASS 16 - Hannibal Barca – Defender of Carthage (247 B.C. – 181/183 B.C.)
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