Every February in North America and October in Europe, non-Black nations celebrate Black History Month.
For one month out of the year, Americans and Europeans hear whitewashed and recycled accounts of the same names and stories year after year.
What the world fails to realize is that every Continent on Earth owes its existence in part – if not completely to – Black founders, pioneers, inventors, and leaders.
As more of our history comes to light, we are discovering the African origins of China, India, and the Americas.
In this article we will offer indisputable proof that the very foundations of many advanced civilizations today were laid by African hands.
Black History In Australia and the Superhuman Aborigines
It is no secret that the original people of Australia were the Aborigines. These Black women and men have have occupied the same territory continuously longer than any other human populations. The only other group of people on the planet who have been in the same place for longer than the Aborigines are Africans themselves.
There have been endless debates over where the original people of Australia, Papua New Guinea, and surrounding islands came from. But thanks to a 2011 genetic study, we now know the truth.
Specifically, researchers discovered that the oldest human remains in Australia date to around 50,000 years ago, and yet older stone tools found in India and elsewhere hint at an early southern migration of anatomically modern humans out of Africa and through India and Southeast Asia.
The study also reveals that the Aborigines started their journey more than 60,000 years ago, branching off from humans who left Africa.
So we can affirm that Aborigines were both Black and were the first people to establish a civilization on the Australian continent and surrounding areas.
Not only are the Aborigines the founders of Australian civilization, they are some of the strongest people on Earth.
The Australian Aborigines possess a near superhuman resistance to the elements, and are genetically evolved to stand a wide range of environmental temperatures. They were observed to have been able to sleep naked on the ground at night in below freezing conditions in desert conditions where the temperatures easily rose to above 40 degrees Celsius during the day.
By the same token, Tasmanian Aborigines would sleep in snow drifts with nothing on apart from an animal skin. According to the April 2017 edition of the National Geographic magazine, it is believed that this ability of Australian Aborigines is due to a beneficial mutation in the genes which regulate hormones that control body temperature.
Black History In Europe and the Grimaldi Culture
Thanks to the research of Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, we know that the first inhabitants of Europe were Africans.
In his book Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology, Dr. Diop writes:
“The first inhabitant of Europe was the Grimaldi Black man who was responsible for the first Lithic (stone) industry of the European Upper Paleolithic period, called the Aurignacian Industry.”
Both art and fossil evidence backs this claim up. Three examples are offered as evidence:
1. The Headless Venus of Sireuil – a piece of sculpture found in southern Europe that was crafted by the first human settlers there – has distinctly Negroid features.
2. Venus of Willendorf – another piece of craftsmanship – was sculpted as having dreaded hair and, again, Negroid features.
3. The bone structure of the very first Cro Magnon men was Negroid, as was evidenced by unearthed fossil evidence. According to Diop, this osteology had to adapt from a life of living in open-air savannah to a life in cold, dark caves. The result was a loss of melanin (the pigmentation that makes Africans Black).
Archeological diggings conducted on the European continent provide irrefutable evidence the Grimaldi were its earliest modern inhabitants. The opening of Grimaldi graves and other excavations have revealed skeletons and artifacts in layers below those of the Cro-Magnons.
711 to 1492: When Black Africans Ruled Europe
Not only were Africans the first to arrive in Europe, we were also responsible for ushering in a European Golden Age.
In the year 711 A.D., a group of Black Muslims from North Africa invaded the Iberian Peninsula (modern day Portugal and Spain). But this invasion was not instigated by Black belligerence. Instead, the original Moorish conquest of Spain was fueled by a feud between two Europeans. Here is how it happened:
The port of Ceuta is the closest point on the African Continent to Europe. The port is just 9 miles (14 km) away from Spain and separated by a body of water called the Straight of Gibraltar. It was at this port that a group of Europeans known as the Visigoths had an outpost commanded by a white man named Julian.
Around that same time a new Visigoth King named Roderic came to power. As a sign of respect, Julian sent his daughter to the court of the Visigoth king to receive an education as was the custom of the time.
It is said that Roderic raped her, and that Julian was so furious that he resolved to have the Muslims bring down the Visigothic kingdom. After all, the fort that Julian commanded was the only thing in the way of the Muslim controlled region and the Straight of Gibraltar.
Julian entered into a treaty with a Black man named Tariq ibn-Ziyad who served as the Governor of Tangiers in the year 710. While the details of their negotiation was unclear, Ṭāriq was given access to the port in order to secretly convoy his Muslim army across the Straits of Gibraltar
On April 26, 711 all hell broke loose in Spain. Tariq unleashed his an army of 7,000 horses and 5,000 foot soldiers on the European Continent. It was a small force, but historian Edward Scobie describes what happened next:
“[T]he reins of their (Moors) horses were as fire, their faces black as pitch, their eyes shone like burning candles, their horses were swift as leopards and the riders fiercer than a wolf in a sheepfold at night . . . The noble [Visigoths] were broken in an hour, quicker than tongue can tell. “
– The Golden Age of the Moor Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
The Visigoth King Roderic sent 100,000 white men to beat back the Moors. The Moors were outnumbered 100 to one. Despite being outnumbered and fighting behind enemy lines, not only did the Black Moors destroy the Visigoth army, but they found, captured, and killed King Roderic in just 3 months.
The Moorish military was able to conquer the region, but militaries alone are never enough to keep an area. It is administration, trade, commerce, and community that create civilizations, and the Moors excelled at creating all four.
When the Moors conquered Spain, they found whites living in squalor and poverty. In his book, “The Day The Universe Changed,” the historian James Burke describes how the typical European townspeople lived:
“The inhabitants threw all their refuse into the drains in the center of the narrow streets. The stench must have been overwhelming, though it appears to have gone virtually unnoticed. Mixed with excrement and urine would be the soiled reeds and straw used to cover the dirt floors.
The Day The Universe Changed” by James Burke p. 32
The Moors set about civilizing Europe and transforming the region into the civilization that it is today. Historian James Burke goes on to describe how the Moors civilized Europe first with trade:
“Irrigation systems imported from Syria and Arabia turned the dry plains… into an agricultural cornucopia. Olives and wheat had always grown there. The Arabs added pomegranates, oranges, lemons, aubergines, artichokes, cumin, coriander, bananas, almonds, pams, henna, woad, madder, saffron, sugar-cane, cotton, rice, figs, grapes, peaches, apricots and rice.” (Burke, 1985, p. 37)
Literacy, public sanitation, and architecture on a grand scale created a quality of life that was superior across western Europe:
“there were half a million inhabitants, living in 113,000 houses. There were 700 mosques and 300 public baths spread throughout the city and its twenty-one suburbs. The streets were paved and lit… The houses had marble balconies for summer and hot-air ducts under the mosaic floors for the winter. They were adorned with gardens with artificial fountains and orchards”. (Digest, 1973, p. 622) “Paper, a material still unknown to the west, was everywhere. There were bookshops and more than seventy libraries.” (Burke, 1985, p. 38).
Moorish rule brought a new age of tolerance to the European continent as well:
This rich and sophisticated society took a tolerant view towards other faiths. Tolerance was unheard of in the rest of Europe. But in Moorish Spain, “thousands of Jews and Christians lived in peace and harmony with their Muslim overlords.” (Burke, 1985, p. 38)
The Moors would rule Iberia until Jan 2, 1492 the Moors handed the key to their Kingdom over to Queen Isabella of Spain and King Ferdinand of Portugal. After the fall of the Moors, Columbus would use captured Moorish technology to begin the global white conquest that we still suffer from today.
The year 1415 marked the beginning of the Maafa – a Swahili word meaning ‘time of suffering’ that started with the Conquest of the Port of Ceuta by the Portuguese. This was the beginning of the slave trade and the destruction of Black civilization. The moral of the story is this:
Black History In The Americas
We know that Black explorers and settlers had a presence in North America long before the first Black slaves arrived in the colony of Virginia in 1619. Three pieces of evidence support this claim: the existence of pyramids built in classical African styles on the American continent, historical accounts of trans-Atlantic expeditions, and biological traits found in American bloodlines.
Pyramids In America
Students of Black Consciousness may be surprised to learn that the Americas have more pyramids than the rest of the world combined. These pyramids closely resemble the early step pyramids of the third Dynasty Suten Djozer, who built the first step pyramid in 2667 BC.
The largest pyramid is not in Kemet, it is in Pueblo, Mexico. In fact, this step pyramid is so large that it could almost fit 2 Great Pyramids of Giza inside it.
Proof of Trans Atlantic Expeditions
Available archaeological evidence and definitive historical accounts point to pre-Columbian West African expeditions across the Atlantic between 1307-1312 AD.
The work of Al-Umars, a 14th century Islamic historian who recorded the visit of Mansa Kankan Musa I, quotes Mansa Musa as saying that his Mandinga predecessor had launched two expeditions from West Africa to discover the limits of the Atlantic Ocean.
According to this BBC article, North African sources describe what some consider to be visits to the New World by a Mali fleet in 1311. According to these sources, 400 ships from the Mali Empire discovered a land across the ocean to the West after being swept off course by ocean currents.
Only one ship returned, and the captain reported the discovery of a western current to Prince Abubakari II; the off-course Mali fleet of 400 ships is said to have conducted both trade and warfare with the peoples of the western lands.
It is claimed that Abubakari II abdicated his throne and set off to explore these western lands but never returned. In 1324, the Mali king Mansa Musa is said to have told the Arabic historian, Al-Umari that “his predecessors had launched two expeditions from West Africa to discover the limits of the Atlantic Ocean.”
African Traits In Pre-Colonial America
The Olmec civilization is best known for its massive stone works. These pieces of ancient art are so mysterious that modern engineering still cant reproduce what the Olmecs created.
To find out more about the people who built the Olmec civilization, scientists exhumed several skeletons from the region. Using craniology and DNA testing, these scientists drew startling conclusions.
According to Polish craniologist K. Wiercinsky 13.5% of skeletons in a pre-classic Olmec cemetery of Tlatilco were described as “negroid” which decreased in percentage over time, indicating intermixture with the native population.
These remains also carried the sickle cell trait, an adaptation to ward off malaria found mostly in people from West Africa. This trait can still be found in secluded Mayan tribes – suggesting a link to African descendants.
For centuries, Black men, women, and children have been told that they contributed nothing to the world. Our self-esteem was destroyed by miseducation that hid the truth. The seeds of self-hatred were planted within us when we were told that our Ancestors were primitive savages.
We have been lied to. As the truth comes to light, we can use what we learn to instill a new sense of pride and identity into the hearts and minds of Africans at home and abroad.
Marcus Garvey once said the following: