With this writing I would like to introduce you to the great teacher and truth seeker. I have read, studied, and compare the work of Professor Yosef Ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as Dr. Ben, the foremost Egyptologist, African American scholar and writer. In fact, Dr. Ben is considered the most prominent Afro-centric scholars to which I will argue that reading his research will allow you to see the world through new eyes.
Dr. Ben has taught at Cornell University for over 15 years, lectured widely on both sides of the Atlantic on the topic of the ancient civilizations of Egypt. His presentations placed him in great demand by students and community groups, especially those of African descent. Perhaps the high regard he enjoys stems from his long, unwavering theme that the ancient civilizations along the Nile were African, which makes as much sense to me as the concept that Jesus was Black. How can you come from that region of the world and not be Black?
For example, it is preached that the so-called major western religions were white folk's religions and offered the historically incorrect but universally accepted blond-haired, blue-eyed representation of Jesus Christ as proof that our deity was white. We quoted Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who said in his book, The Mis-education of the Negro, that the European destruction of African civilization was done under the guise of "saving souls." And we asked the rhetorical question, must one be dehumanized before one's soul is saved? In retrospect, we had allowed someone else to define that reality. Food for thought!
Dr. Ben was educated in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba, and Spain, earning degrees in engineering and anthropology. In 1938, Ben-Jochannan earned a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico and in 1939 a Master's degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Havana, Cuba. He received doctoral degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Moorish History from the University of Havana and the University of Barcelona, Spain.
He immigrated to the United States in the early 1940s. He worked as a draftsman and continued his studies. In 1945, he was appointed chairman of the African Studies Committee at the headquarters of the newly founded UNESCO, a position from which he stepped down in 1970. In 1950, Ben-Jochannan began teaching Egyptology at Malcolm King College, then at City College in New York City. From 1976 to 1987, he was an adjunct professor at Cornell University.
Ben-Jochannan is the author of 49 books, primarily on ancient Nile Valley civilizations and their impact on Western cultures. In his writings, he argues that the original Jews were from Ethiopia and were Black Africans, while the white Jews later adopted the Jewish faith and its customs.
Ben-Jochannan has been criticized for allegedly distorting history and promoting Black supremacy. One might say that the history we are taught does the same thing. We have been taught to believe many things like Africans contributed nothing to world civilization and were nothing more than a bunch of savages with spears running around the jungle naked – you know like in the Tarzan movies. We also believe, or taught to believe, that George Washington never told a lie.
With that said, I would suggest that a reasonable thinking person would have an open mind, or let your mind be opened to something that is not, in my opinion, establishment truth or as I said HisStory. Research and read some of the following publications but the man of profound wisdom supported by fact. I have been known to say free your mind and your ass will follow!
And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective!
African Origins of Major Western Religions
We the Black Jews
Black Man of the Nile and His Family
Africa: Mother of Western Civilization
New Dimensions in African History
The Myth of Exodus and Genesis and the Exclusion of Their African Origins
Abu Simbel to Ghizeh: A Guide Book and Manual