Unit 1: Class 6 - The Whitening of Ancient Kemet/Egypt

Perhaps the most contentious area of Black history is ancient Egypt. The people of Kemet (the ancient Egyptians), were black Africans. The Greeks openly acknowledged them as such, and they depicted themselves as such on the walls of their pyramids, monuments, statues and papyri throughout ancient Egypt. Yet during the height of the African slave trade, European scholars began denying that the ancient Egyptians were African because it undermined their assertion that Africans were inferior people, had made no contributions to civilization and were  thus were fit for permanent enslavement. This class provides irrefutable proof of the African origins of ancient Egypt, including DNA analysis of pharaohs.   


“You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that's just begun.”
                                                              - James Weldon Johnson