Chancellor Williams’ book “Destruction of the Black Civilization” described the evolution of a great civilization over 6,500 years from 4500bce to 2000ce. Unfortunately, Mr. Williams passed away in 1992, and the analytical part of the book is unfinished, leaving a dream for unity among blacks without an actionable path. The descriptive part of the book is fascinating, especially when a couple of additional pieces of information can be included to better define the framework.
Black civilization is defined as the civilization led by black people, sometimes excluding mixed race or lighter skin black people. 6,500 years ago, all of Africa was a unified and advanced black civilization called Abyssinia with the capital along the Nile River, near current day Ethiopia. (Note: This is also the time that Christians and Jews believed Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden.) Canaanites from the Middle East (and later Jews) began to conquer Africa through northern Egypt (aka “Chem” region), and the breeding between blacks and non-blacks often driven by sexual traffic created a new race of “mulattoes” (who have lighter skin color) that gradually crept down from Northern Egypt along the Nile River towards Ethiopia. Thebes and Luxor (aka Valley of the Kings) were in the Chem region, and Nubia was the Southern Ethiopian region that later became better known as Kingdom of Kush (1070bce-350ce) along the Nile River. The rest of the world (namely Socrates in Greece, Ashoka in India, and Confucius in China) introduced moral principles for living in communities during the period of the Kingdom of Kush. There is no mention of anyone in Africa that may have introduced similar moral principles, possibly leading to the perception that black Africans were savages. (We can extend this perspective into the Native Americans after the Christians arrive in the Americas.)
Without unified moral principles to living in communities, the black civilization splintered under the influence of Christian and Muslim religions. Muslims (and to a smaller extent, Indians) concentrated around the eastern coast of Africa. The black civilization migrated west where Songhay and Mali empires reigned 500 years ago. Unbeknownst to these empires, the Christians signed Treaties of Tordesillas and Zaragoza among themselves between 1493-1529 to support the Christian claim that the Americas belonged to Spain (and a small piece to Portugal), and all of Africa, India, and Asia belonged to Portugal. These treaties gave Christian sailors the basis to colonize Africa and, together with Muslims, effectively landlocked the black civilization by controlling the African coasts. The second wave of Christians was led by British and Dutch interests that invented the concept of “company” to bypass the church sponsored treaties that favored the Spanish and Portuguese. The British Christians colonized South Africa with the discovery of precious minerals like diamond and led an apartheid government. With the motto of “divide and conquer,” various factions of the black civilization were encouraged to fight among themselves, while the people of religions promoted slavery and trading of slaves in Europe, Middle East and the Americas. The African population remained basically flat for over 200 years (between 1600-1850) while the rest of the world more than doubled in population.
For the black civilization to thrive again, the moral principles for living in communities are more important than the conflicting interests of various religions. Malcolm X repudiated the Nation of Islam and founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity before he was assassinated. While he never repudiated Christianity, Martin Luther King Jr. was planning a “Poor People’s Campaign” in 1968 when he was assassinated. Since moral principles cannot feed anyone, it is also important to identify the economic foundation among the available minerals, laborers, or other strategic interests of the black civilization. A united black civilization can thrive again.