It is simply an attempt to show that contrary to popular belief, the black race (like every other race) has played its own part in influencing history and in making the world what it is today.
And to encourage some who may be despondent that we still have an important role in shaping the future of the world.
1.The first Made in America clock was made by Benjamin Banneker, a Black astronomer and Scientist.
The “Venus of Willendorf” is the earliest known representation of the human body. It was carved by a Black sculpture of Grimaldi race from about 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. It can still be found today in the Vienna Museum.
3. A black race once lived in Europe, they are called the Grimaldi and lived as late as 12,000 years ago. There are clear traces of their civilization unearthed and scattered across Southern and Central Europe, there are currently two complete Grimaldi skeletons in the Museum of Monaco.
4. A black man, King Cheops, built the Great Pyramid which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was and still remains an engineering wonder and masterpiece.
Ancient Egypt had at least eighteen unmixed Ethiopian or black rulers and Piankhi is one of the best known. He came from Central Africa and conquered Egypt up to the mouth of the Nile in 750 B.C.
The Ethiopian royal family has the most ancient lineage in the world. The ancestry of Haile Selassie I is traced to King Solomon and Queen Sheba and even beyond that to Cush in 6280 B.C.
7. A Moroccan black man, Estevanico, was one of a party of four to cross the North American Continent for the first time in 1536. In 1539 he was the head of an expedition that discovered Arizona and New Mexico.
8. Baptiste Pointe du Sable, a black man was the founder of the city of Chicago in 1779.
A black man from Zanzibar in East Africa
Tippoo Tib, a trader in slaves and ivory was the first civilized man to penetrate the center of Africa. It is estimated that he explored territory almost as large as the United States.
Stanley, Weissman and other white explorers merely followed in his path. He was a very rich man and died in 1905.
After eleven years in the making, Jan Ernest Matzeliger, a Dutch West Indian black man from Lynn, Massachusetts invented the first machine for sewing the soles of shoes. This invention gave shoe supremacy to the United States and made several millionaires.
The great George Washington Carver who was born a slave was one of the world’s greatest Agricultural Chemist. From the Peanut(Groundnut) he extracted 285 products and from the Sweet Potatoe 118 products.
Thomas Edison once offered him a very large salary to take charge of one of Edison’s laboratories but Carver refused and preferred to continue the work he had begun with Booker.T.Washington at the Tuskegee Institute.
Led by Queen Judith, the Falashas (black Jews of Ethiopia) dethroned the line of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba from power in Ethiopia in 937 A.D and ruled for forty years.
The Falashas claim that they are the original Jews and call themselves “The Beta-Israel” or “The Chosen People”.
The black Jews of India are not permitted to enter the same Synagogues as the white Jews, or to bury their dead in the same cemeteries.
A black man from Africa, Aben Ali was private physician to the King of France, Charles VII (1403-1465). When the King fell ill and was almost dying in Toulouse, Aben Ali was sent for and cured him which made the King to include him as a member of his Suite.
15. The first succesful operation on the human heart was performed by Dr Daniel Hale Williams, a black surgeon from Chicago. He died in 1931.
While a group of 351 freed black slaves were aboard a ship in 1787 in Portsmouth, England on their way to Sierra Leone, sixty-two white women (prostitutes e.t.c) whom the authourities wished to get rid of were brought aboard and married to some of them and sent-off to be the future mothers of the colony.
17. Three Popes of Rome were from Africa: Victor (189-199 A.D), Melchiades (311-312 A.D) and St Gelasius (496 A.D). Melchiades led Christianity to final triumph against the Roman Empire.
18. Emperor of Songhai, Askia the Great ruled an empire that stretched from the Atlantic to Lake Chad, Larger than Western Europe. Its capital was the legendary Timbuktoo. 1538 A.D.
19. The Emperor of Morocco, Muley Ismael, whose mother was a black slave raided the coasts of Europe for slaves or simply captured them on the seas. He had about 25,000 white slaves which he used to build his imposing palace at Meknes and his stables, the vastest in existence, contained stalls for 12,000 horses. He died in 1727.
20. The King of Zululand, Cetewayo, wiped out an entire British army sent against him in 1879 and, a few days later, defeated and killed Prince Napoleon, heir to the French throne.
These are just a tip of the iceberg about the acheivment, exploits and travails of the black people but they are enough to let us know that we are not different in any way from others that inhabit this planet with us.
Black people please rise up from your slumber, you have slept long enough.