We as a country have come a long way. With the election of President Barack Obama, the United States has finally taken a huge step in the right direction. 

However; ( And you knew that was coming), the educational system is still broken, unequal , and the opportunity of Educational Rights which Dr. King dreamed about are still not achieved. 

The opportunity to have an incredible impact on the lives of African-American students is possible with one addition to our public educational system. 

“It’s where, 500 years before England’s universities thrived, Westerners flocked to a place called Timbuktu, which some historians say is the site of the world’s first university. And it’s where kingdoms dripped in gold, emeralds and other riches, earning West Africa the name The Gold Coast.” 

African-American History needs to be taught in ALL Public educational systems. We do not require slavery to be taught as the only part of African- American History that is worthy of being taught in History classes across the nation. Slavery is not the beginning of the African experience. Slavery is the untimely end to African history and the beginning of the African-American experience. There exists a plethora of African History that we are still part of. Our history and African History are one in the same. 

What about: 

  IMHOTEP 

THE WORLD FIRST KNOWN GENIUS 

Imhotep was the royal advisor to King Zoser during the Third Dynasty of Kemet. Regarded as the world’s first recorded multi-genius, Imhotep was  an architect, astronomer, philosopher, poet and physician. As an architect he was responsible for designing the Step Pyramid and the Saqqara Complex. During his lifetime he was given a host of titles, among them:Chancellor of the King of Lower Kemet, the First after the King of Upper Kemet, High Priest of Heliopolis and Administrator of the Great Palace. As a physician, Imhotep is believed to have been the author of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in which more than 90 anatomical terms and 48 injuries are described. This is well over 2,200 years before the Western Father of Medicine Hippocrates is born. Some 2,000 years after his death, Imhotep was deified by the inhabitants of Kemet and was known later as Asclepius, God of Medicine, to the Greeks. His very name, Im-Hotep, translates as the Prince of Peace. His tomb near Memphis became a sacred place and the site of pilgrimages for those seeking a cure. As a philosopher and poet, Imhotep’s most remembered phrase is: “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we shall die.” There still remain many bronze statuettes, temples and sanatoria bearing his name, as is depicted in the picture of the statue above. 

                                                                               

THE KING SHARK (1841-1906)Behanzin was the most powerful ruler in West Africa during the end of the nineteenth century. He strongly resisted European intervention into his country. This was done with a physically fit army which included a division of five thousands female warriors. He is often referred to as the King Shark, a Dahomeyan surname which symbolized strength and wisdom. He was also fond of humanities and is credited with the creation of some of the finest song and poetry ever produced in Dahomey. 

 

KING OF THE ZULUS (1818-1828)A strong leader and military innovator, Shaka is noted for revolutionizing 19th century Bantu warfare by first grouping regiments by age, and training his men to use standardized weapons and special tactics. He developed the “assegai” a short stabbing spear, and marched his regiments in tight formation, using large shields to fend off the enemies throwing spears. Over time, Shaka’s troops earned such a reputation that many enemies would flee at the sight of them. He built the Zulus into a nation of over a million strong. He was also successful in uniting all the ethnic groups in South Africa against the despicable vestiges of colonialism. 

The majority of African American Adults don’t know who these people are, and even fewer children are aware of the greatness of the Early African Empires. 

This information needs to be taught and shared in schools so that our children understand that our descendents once were a mite nation of Kings, Physicians, Astronomers,  Architects, Philosophers, Mathematicians. 

If we as a race had the intellectual ability to build pyramids, than centuries later we should be Intellectually Smarter, Better, and Greater! 

Be Inspired! 

Derrick Butler 

www.mydreamalive.com 

 

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