Book Review

Greetings All,

I just finished reading The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D., and I wanted to share my thoughts.

Finally, another major obstacle to unity and progress that is hardly ever openly discussed must not only be discussed but attacked in a nationwide program in the home. Obviously, only a massive nationwide organization can deal successfully with any of our “massive” problems. This one concerns an inheritance from slavery. It is the attitude of indifference and disrespect of Blacks towards Blacks. To the average Black, another Black is not as important as someone, anyone, of another race.

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Written by Dr. Chancellor Williams, The Destruction of Black Civilization is a culmination of sixteen years of research and field studies on the history of African people. Dr. Williams was a university professor, novelist, author, and historian who was born to an ex-slave in Bennettsville, South Carolina on December 22, 1898. He received critical acclaim for this book after its initial publishing in 1971, primarily because it was highly controversial to many but powerful in its scope. And renowned scholar Dr. John Henrik Clarke even advised that it was “a foundation and new approach to the history of our race.”

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, so much so that I will be rereading it sooner than later. Dr. Williams advised early on that anyone (regardless of their profession or background) could understand the message, and he kept his word. I was expecting an oversaturated cluster of words on Ancient African civilizations, but I was pleased to get precise information on how they came to power and what led to their downfall.  And what stuck out to me the most was the fact that the causes of their destruction—integration, amalgamation (race mixing), and wars amongst Europeans, Asians, Arabs, and fellow Blacks—kept recycling century after century.

There were a lot of key points in the book, but I would like to leave you with a few that I found interesting:

  • Thebes: Dr. Williams advised that “the history of Black Africa might well begin at Thebes.” Evidence states that they were the builders of the earliest civilization in Chem, now known as Egypt, as well as the great civilization in the South.
  • Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I, was the greatest woman Pharaoh of Black Egypt. 18th Dynasty. She was known to have many aggressive and unyielding characteristics, but she excelled in using her feminine charms to have her own way without a real check by the Council.
  • Ghana: Dr. Williams advised that there is no question about the travels of Blacks between the Eastern and Western Sudan. The Arab and European “geographers” were among the first to arrive here in the 10th century A.D., and they practiced naming countries and people out of ignorance and arrogance. They called this country “Ghana,” meaning the leader, head of the state, or the king.
  • Mali “was the second of the ‘Great Three’ West African empires that became known in the medieval world.” This empire rose in the 13th century with the decline of Ghana.

Please be sure to purchase this book for more insightful information.

Until Next Time…

 

 

 

 

(Sources)

Rashidi, D. (1998). Chancellor Williams. Retrieved August 24, 2018, from https://aalbc.com/authors/author.php?author_name=Chancellor Williams

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