Many of our ancestors can be an excellent source


 of empowerment, supportive guidance, lineage 


healing, and heartfelt comradery. They tend to 


ground us and provide us with a greater contact


 with our soul's longings.



Our ancestors are seen as our allies. They are 


much like a reservoir of power which can thrust 


us into a sense of belonging after generations of 


displacement. 

Many of us are lost, disconnected, and have 


been culturally wounded and desire to reconnect 


and deepen our knowledge about our roots.

However, there are two sides 


of the ancestor spectrum.

Like the living, spirits of the deceased run the


full gamut from... wise, loving, reasonable and 


godly to... shrewd, ruthless, cunning, manipulative  


thieves, unjust, egotistical, self-centered tyrants 


and dangerous, poisonous devils without a clue 


otheir greater purpose



Sure, some may have left here in death, but 


their post-death journey may be bombarded 


with repairing the many dysfunctional wrongs


 committed, and wicked seeds sown, watered, 


and grown... then, passing the full blown


 dysfunction down along their bloodlines, 


while on their earthly journey. This kind is not 


worthy of being honored.


Our ancestors’ went through a hellish chain of 


tragic experiences, as a result of that kind of 


cruelty and dysfunction, such as: inhumanely 


being kidnapped, chained, violently separated 


from their families, and then transported 


like cargo, on a filthy ship for several 


months to an unknown land. 



Some began dying of disease, committing suicide, 


to avoid further suffering. Some became ill, due


 to scurvy, dysentery, influenza, etc. The captain


 of the ship would order them thrown overboard, 


in shark infested waters, for being sick or as a 


disciplinary measure. Once they arrived, in


 the new world, they were sold into forced


slavery through public auctions. 



Our ancestors had to endure the brutal legacy of


 chattel slavery, genocide, and racial supremacy. 


Many were tortured, they endured harsh


 punishment, and starved to death. 



They were experimented on and treated 


inhumanely. They had to work from sunrise to 


sundown, in the fields, for free. They raised and 


breast fed the oppressors children, cooked for


 them, and cleaned their homes. 



Hate groups were literally able to get away with


 murdering our ancestorsOur ancestors went 


through the humiliation of buck breakings. They


 were terrorized by slave patrols, lynchings, racial 


nonsense, abuses, threats, massacres, systemic


 racism, and prohibited from learning to read and 


write.

 


Our ancestors were considered as property and 


were subjected to sexual abuse, being whipped, 


and bearing children of their abusers. They were also 


further oppressed by economic injustice, Jim Crow,


 segregation, police brutality, red lining, black 


codes, war and famine, to name a few. 



If our ancestors had not endured and stood up to 


their oppressors, we wouldn’t be here, today. We 


are the result of our ancestors' countless struggles,


 sacrifices, and victories. 



Think about it: 


The lives of our ancestors were constantly 


manipulated by the cruel bigotry, inhumane 


struggles, sacrifices, injustices, rivers of blood, 


senseless, torturous murders, and ungodly acts 


of evil. But by the grace of God, many of our 


ancestors were able to endure and overcome.

Learning about our ancestors 


lets us fill in many gaps and take


 steps forward in the journey


 of self-discovery.

The existence of our ancestors makes it


easier to comprehend the how and why of 


our modern realities.

It is difficult to actualize our full potential until


 our lives and relationships are more or less in 


order. We have to know where we came from in 


order to know where we are going. Authentic 


freedom is the freedom of knowing who we are, 


deciphering and breathing life into our ancestral 


origins.


Connecting and calling in those who have gone before 


us is a healing process in and of itself. A practice that 


can assist one with clearing generational trauma and


 accessing generational gifts.

We too, one day, will join the 


sacred chain of our ancestors. 


Our greatest responsibility is 


to do the right things and


strive to become godly, loving, 


and evolved ancestors.

We are all, by the grace 


of God, an extension...


a continuation of our


ancestors' stream of life. 


We are the bones, blood 


and cells of our ancestors.



Those who came before 


us had a hand in shaping 


who we are and have 


taken up residence in 


our beings. Our ancestors

 are seared into our cells.
 


On the foundations of 


their offerings and 


sacrifice, we can realize 


a gentle soothing and


calmness.



 Our ancestors are in 


memories that do not 


belong to us, yet, they


 mysteriously reside in 


our genes. 

When we connect with and learn from our 

ancestors. They can tell us things that we may 

think has nothing to do with us and draw us into 

places we have not been. They are the 

extraordinary ties that bind us, builds resilience, 

and the reason we are who we are.

With a humble and grateful heart, we appreciate 


and feel blessed to celebrate our ancestors and 


ancients, who paid the price and walked before us. 


As a result of their lives, sacrifices, and deeds... 


our generation and future generations are and will 


be reaping and experiencing the wonderful fruits 


of their labor.

We are the seed of our ancestors' 



seeds. We are built upon the dust 



of our ancestors' dust. We carry



the bones of our ancestors. It is


                      

 our ancestors' genes we carry in our 



blood. We are the soul connection,



 the life-force, the essence, and 



energy of our ancestors. 

We all have ancestors of antiquity, both 


of blood and of spirit, and each of our lives rests 


enduringly on the underpinnings of their sufferings 


and sacrifices. We all have spiritual gateways to these


 purposeful, enlightened, unselfish, kind-hearted, 


and strong souls.



Our African and African American ancestors, 


torchbearers, trailblazers, pioneers, unsung 


heroes and heroines made it possible for our 


generation and future generations to fulfill


our potential here on earth. 


Yes, we are the result of the powerful and 


sometimes hidden influences of our ancestors, 


and learning their history... fills an innate need 


in each one of us.

The act of being aware of and having a sense 


of responsibility to our ancestors, ethnic descent,


bloodline, origin, our roots, and all of future 


humankind is an act of benevolent selflessness. 

We are each a part of the circle of life. 

Knowing our cultural background and where

 we came from can help us develop a strong 

sense of who we really are. 

May we open our eyes, ears, and hearts


to a higher understanding of our true 


and rightful status on this earth.


Learning the history of our ancestors helps us 


gain a greater understanding of the challenges


 they endured. Sometimes our ancestors were 


destroyed by challenges, and at times they 


mastered and/or achieved a victory over them.

Before European colonialists invaded Africa, 


Africa was ruled by empires whose histories 


remain obscure today. Many of the incredibly 


impressive African kingdoms fell hundreds 


of years ago, and so much time has passed 


that we may never entirely comprehend what 


life was like in their spheres.  



A small group of these African kingdoms


didn't waver and maintained their independence 


long enough to be documented during the age of 


optical representation.


Drawing on a wide range of sources, including 


the latest genetic research, linguistic evidence, 


and archaeological findings, human ancestry, 


genes, race, and our common origins started in 


Africa and worked its way out, spreading to the 


rest of the world.


Our African ancestors continue to

 give Africans and African Americans 

a cohesive, synergistic and personal 

sense of self-affirmation, identity

 and unshackled belonging.

The History Of Africa



Before Colonization

5- 2.5 million BCE

Early Human 

Ancestors


Ethiopia


1492-1600

Skeletal remains


uncovered suggest the


Rift Valley, in East


Africa, is home to the


earliest human 


ancestors.


According to Wikipedia, the history of Africa begins with the emergence of hominidsarchaic humans and - around 300–250,000 years ago—anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens), in East Africa, and continues unbroken into the present as a patchwork of diverse and politically developing nation states.[1] The earliest known recorded history arose in Ancient Egypt, and later in Nubia, the Sahel, the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa.

Before colonization a great number of 


African Kingdoms and People 


had inhabited the African Continent for at least 


100,000 years!


Pre- colonial societies were highly varied, where


 they were either stateless, run by the state or run 


by kingdoms. The notion of communalism was 


accepted and practiced widely; land was held 


commonly and could not be bought or sold, 


although other things, such as cattle, were 


owned individually.


Below is a list of some of the most significant 


African Kingdoms and peoples that are important


 in the History of Africa before Colonisation.


1) Ancient Kemet (Egypt)


2) The Songhai Empire;


3) The Monomotapa Kingdom;


4) The Asante Empire


5) The San


The Black Nubian Africans Who Established 


The First Egyptian Dynasty.



A major part of the History of Africa before 


Colonisation begins in the Nile Valley with 


the Nubian Africans who ruled Egypt and created 


the First Egyptian Dynasty began with the 


Evolution of Man on the African Plains.



Hominid remains of the people who occupied


 the area of Egypt before the creation of the 


First Dynasty by Nubian Homo Sapien Africans 


have been found in East Africa’s Rift Valley


 Olduvai Gorge Region which suggest the 


existence of a gradual evolution of Hominids 


on the African Plains, most notably, 


Austolopethicus, followed by Homo Erectus


 about 1.9 million years ago, and then to 


modern man, Homo Sapien who emerged 


approximately 40,000 years ago.


The Rock Art of the people who ruled Ancient Egypt before the First Dynasty depicted their life in the green Sahara with hunting, animal scenes, ox drawn plows also suggesting the planting and growing of crops. 

The early Hominids had built Cattled-based Settlements in the area that is now occupied by the Sahara Desert before a change in Climate led to a steep decline in Rainfall over the Sahara which led to the movements of the Africans migrating Northwards following the flow of the Nile in search of a more secure water supply for their crops and cattle.

Egypt’s Nile Valley region soon became the hub of an emerging Black African Civilization with its own unique Black African Nubian Proto-Culture such which would later provide the Template for the creation of the First Dynasty of Egypt. 

Evidence of Black African Settlement which shows signs of a Proto-Nile Valley Culture was discovered at Nabta Playa in Egypt’s Nubian Desert.


In addition, Nabta Playa is recognised as the world’s oldest Atronomical Site where the Nubians in control of the area who established Egypt’s First Dynasty developed Astronomy by devising a Rock Calendar monitoring the movement of the Sirius Star as a way of detecting changes in the Nile River’s Flood Level for the purposes of ensuring adequate drinking water and pasture lands for their Cattle.

Evidence from the Nabta Playa Rock Calendar shows that the Nubians of Pre-Dynastic Egypt had monitored the movements of the Stars and the Nile river for at least 8 000 years.


In addition, other artefacts found at Nabta Playa which were created by the Nubians who had settled the area before they created Egypt’s First Dynasty bore a very close resemblance to the Religious Symbolism and Iconography that would be later used in Egyptian Civilization.

For example, Palletes depicting Cow Horns found at Nabta Playa are considered to be early expressions of the Egyptian Cult of Hathor, one of the most important Deities of Ancient Egypt.


Evidence of this further evolution towards the creation of the First Egyptian Dynasty by the Nubain Africans of Ta Seti was discovered at the Site of Qustul on Egypt’s Sudanian Border which had Nubian Tombs, funerary objects and other Royal artifacts of African Origin that were clearly the Template and inspiration for what was used in Dynastic Egypt starting with the First Dynasty created by Narmer or Menes who was a Nubian African.

Amongst the objects discovered at Qustul which were made by the Black Africans of Ta Seti who established the First Dynasty in Egypt was an intriguing carved Incense Holder depicting an African King on a Raft wearing a Crown which probably was the influence for later depictions of Pharaohs or RA riding on a Boat in Ancient Egypt.


Qustul can be viewed as an example one of the Pre-Dynastic Cities or Nomes that formed a loose Administrative Network before the creation of the First Dynasty by the Nubain Africans from settlements like Nabta Playa and Qustul.


The Black African King Narmer or ‘Menes’, which means “he who endures” initiated the annexation of Northern Egypt from the South thereby uniting Upper and Lower Egypt to create the Egypt’s First Dynasty circa 3 000 BC.

Narmer originally ruled over the Southern Upper Nome of Thinis from where he led a coalition of leaders known as the “Thinite Confederacy’’ which subsequently conquered and combined all the Nomes or Cities of Upper and Northern Lower Egypt into one United Kingdom.  


Menes then created the First Dynasty of Ancient Egypt by declaring himself the first Ruler of all the lands in the Nomes between Upper and Lower Egypt which would then become known as Chem or Kemet, a separate dominion from Ta-Seti.


In this way, the Nubian Africans who had settled the region before the creation of Egypt’s First Dynasty by Narmer emerged from the African Plains and went on to develop a Scientific Nile Valley Proto-Culture which would provide the foundation for the creation of the First Dynasty Of Kemet.


Perhaps its for this reason the Egyptians always revered the South as their place of origin by calling it Ta-Neter (Land Of The Gods).

Narmer’s creation of Egypt’s First Dynasty is captured on the Narmer Palette. which bears a striking stylistic resemblance to other Artefacts discovered at Nabta Playa and Qustul suggesting that the First Dynasty of Egypt was created by the same Nubian Africans who ruled the area and had created the Pro-Culture observed at Nabta Playa and Qustul which was characteristic of Dynastic Egypt. 


After founding Egypt’s First Dynasty, Narmer built the City of Memphis and it quickly became the commercial and cultural hub of Ancient Egypt which would be responsible for major African Contributions to World Civilization.


The Songhai Empire

The Songhai Empire was the largest empire in


 the history of western Sudan. It grew from the 


small state of Gao, which was founded between 


500 and 700 a.d. However the empire did not


 become a major force in the history of empire


 building and territorial expansion until 1464 


when Sunni Ali, also known as Ali Beer, became 


the king.

The Songhai Empire was the last and largest


 of the three main West African Pre-Colonial


 Empires that is important in the History of 


African before Colonisation.


During the reign of Dia Kossi, the Songhai 


Capital Gao was founded in approximately 800 A.D, 


and it eventually expanded to include the Mali 


Empire after conquering Timbuktu.


Dia Kossi

Regarded as one of the best Civil Administrators in History, 


Sunni Ali Ber, is considered the first great ruler of the Songhai, 


and under him, the  Empire continued to expand into the Sahara.


A succession dispute however occurred after Sunni Ali Ber’s


 death in 1492, which saw the rise of the Muslim Ruler 


Muhammad Toure after he usurped the Throne from Sunni 


Ali Ber’s son.


Sharia Law was then promulgated throughout the Empire with 


more Schools and education centres established followed by an 


extension of the Sankore University, in Timbuktu.

Even with a wellspring of evidence to the contrary, 


some would rather believe Africans were genocidal 


barbarians. They would rather ascribe to visitors


 from outer-space doing the architectural work... 


than believe Africans possessed this kind of genius. 

Photo: GiganticStatues.com


The Great Sphinx of Giza

The great Imhotep was the world's first multi-genius.


Imhotep's Afrikan name means he who comes in peace.


He was a scientist, scribe, philosopher, astronomer


mathematician, architect, historian, and doctor.

According to Wikipedia encyclopedia, Imhotep was one of the chief officials of the Pharaoh Djoser. Concurring with much later legends, egyptologists credit him with the design and construction of the Pyramid of Djoser, a step pyramid at Saqqara built during the 3rd DynastyHe may also have been responsible for the first known use of stone columns to support a building.

Despite these later attestations, the pharaonic Egyptians themselves never credited Imhotep as the designer of the stepped pyramid, nor with the invention of stone architecture.


Pyramid of Djoser

Djoser is best known for his innovative tomb, which dominates the Saqqara landscape.[8] In this tomb he is referred to by his Horus name Netjerikhet; Djoser is a name given by New Kingdom visitors thousands of years later. Djoser's step pyramid is astounding in its departure from previous architecture. It sets several important precedents, perhaps the most important of which is its status as the first monumental structure made of stone.

There is much more to Africa, than 



Egypt. The pyramids are not the



only architectural achievement 



Africans made. 

The Land of Punt is belied to have been geographically 


positioned, on the Red Sea coast of East Africa. 


Historical records hold that this Kingdom dated back


to around 2500 B.C. 

Queen Hatshepsut's temple inscriptions at Luxor reveal that her divine mother,  Hathor, was from Punt - with strong indications that the pharaohs considered the origin of their culture to be Punt Land.

A large granite sphinx bearing the likeness of 

the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut.

Great Zimbabwe was the 


Iron Age capital of the Kingdom 


of Zimbabwe.

The Great Zimbabwe ruins (pictured below), in 


Masvingo for which the country is named, is full 


of the history of Zimbabwe. Its ruins lie nestled in 


the country's southeastern hills and are recognized


 as the most important and extensive stone ruins


 in sub-Saharan Africa. These ruins are another 


example of their architectural achievement. 



The structures boast high walls and a cone shaped 


tower made of granite stacked on granite, without


 the use of mortar. They are estimated to be over five 


hundred years old and are still standing, as testament 


to the genius of the builders. 

The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the largest 


collection of ruins in Africa south of the Sahara.


 Located in the heart of southern Africa, 


between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers.

The ruins are divided into three distinct groups: 


the Hill Ruins, the Great Enclosure and the 


Valley Ruins.

Beginning in the medieval period, a number of 

kingdoms rose and fell in West Africa. The 

kingdoms of Benin, Mali, Songhai, Kongo and 

Asante each had their own language and distinctive

ways of steering and governing their people. Many 

practiced different religions. They were governed by 

a king, known as the Oba.

The West Africa territory had



 griots (storytellers). They tended 



to travel from place to place,



much like human encyclopedias. 



The griots were capable of recalling 



events and people. They were the



conservators of history. 


The Great Mosque in Timbuktu, 


built by Mansa Musa (pictured above).

A succession of three great kingdoms came to

 power as their people gained control of valuable

 trade routes in West Africa. Ghana was the first of 

these empires, followed by the kingdoms of Mali 

and Songhai.

Mali Empire was one of the jewels of the African


continent. It was widely known all over the world


for its jewelry and flourished in wealth and luxury. 



This Empire was so wealthy that Mali’s emperor, 


Mansa Musa, during the 14th century, while in 


pilgrimage to Mecca, stopped over in Egypt, and


 gave out gold to the extent that the gold market 


prices in entire Egypt dropped, for some years. 



The Mali Empire is believed to have begun in 


the 12th century. Its founding ruler, Sundiata Keita,


alias “Lion King,” revolted against a king of Sosso


Kingdom, transforming the Sossos’ subjects into his


newfound governance. 



The successors of “Lion King” increased their 


ruling power over most of the Western Africa region. 


The Mali Empire grew in trade. The main religion in


 this Empire was Islamic. Therefore well-designed 


mosques and Islamic schools filled the Empire. 

As early as the Middle Ages, 


“Moors were commonly viewed as


 being mostly black or very swarthy,


and hence the word is often used for


negro,” according to the Oxford


English Dictionary.

The Moors originally came from North Africa. Once 


Liberia was captured, thousands moved there and left a 


lasting impact. 



The Moors had an immense amount of knowledge


 that would later find its way to Europe. The 


intellectual achievements of the Moors in Spain 


had a lasting effect; education was universal in 


Moorish Spain, while in Christian Europe, 


99 percent of the population was illiterate, and


 even kings could neither read nor write. 



The Moorish advances in 


mathematics, astronomy, 


art, and agriculture helped


 propel Europe out of 


the Dark Ages and into the 


Renaissance.



At a time when Europe had only two universities, 


the Moors had seventeen, located in Almeria,


 Cordova, Granada, Juen, Malaga, Seville, and 


Toledo. In the 10th and 11th centuries, public 


libraries in Europe were non-existent, while 


Moorish Spain could boast of more than 70, 


including one in Cordova that housed hundreds


 of thousands of manuscripts. Universities in Paris


 and Oxford were established after visits by scholars 


to Moorish Spain.




The Moors helped many European Scholars, who


came to their cities in pursuit of knowledge and 


when these scholars were finished learning they


took their knowledge back to other parts of Europe 


helping them achieve their scientific revolutions 


and renaissance. They also helped with arabic 


numerals, introduced words, advanced mathematics


 and medicinal practices, and introduced Europe to 


paper. 


From the medieval ages, West Africa was home 


to a range of powerful kingdoms and empires 


with their own diverse cultures, identities and 


people. The 13th century saw the rise of Mansas


 and the Empire of Mali. The Mansas brought 


huge wealth and established Islam as the main


 religion. They created centres of learning and 


culture at Timbuktu and Djenné.



The Kingdom of Benin was founded by the Edo


 people. It was ruled by the Divine Obas. In 


1440, Oba Ewuare turned Benin City into a 


flourishing city state and used his military to 


expand the kingdom. The Obas dominated trade 


along the coast and ruled over tribes in the east 


and west of the region. And the kingdom was 


renowned for its artworks, made of bronze, iron 


and ivory, which often depicted the Obas and 


Iyobas.



The 15th century also saw the rise of the Songhai


 Empire and their Warrior King, Sonni Ali, 


descended from the fishing tribes of the Niger River. 


He captured Timbuktu and the other cities along


 the Niger River with his army of cavalry and canoes.


 The empire used the river to spread wealth and 


learning across the region.



The early 18th century saw the rise of the 


Asante Empire, who established a new societal


 structure made up of leaders from the tribal 


regions. Women were of high status and had a


 very important role to play in society as well, 


although the king, the Asantehene, was the leader.

 


The Queen of the Asante was critical in choosing


 regional leaders and involved in all decisions


 of the empire. The Asante people are still an 


important part of Ghana today, but this is just a 


small part of a much larger story of Africa.



The kingdoms of West Africa


Starting in the medieval period, a series of 


kingdoms rose and fell in West Africa. The 


kingdoms of Benin, Mali, Songhai, Kongo and 


Asante each had their own language and unique


 ways of leading and governing their people, and


 many practiced different religions.

Little is known about the origin of Aksum Kingdom. 

This Kingdom existed during the same period as the

Roman Empire.

At its peak, prior to European colonialism, 


it is estimated that Africa had up to 10,000 


different states and autonomous groups with 


distinct languages and customs


When Europeans arrived in Africa, not 


knowing anything about their customs, 


intelligence, skills, culture, etc., they took


 it upon themselves to introduce Africans


 to commerce and civilization. 



What they did not know or consider was that 


Africa had its own forms of commerce, science,


 art and other measures of civilization long before


 the arrival of the colonizers.

We have been bountifully blessed to inherit a steady 


footing in this ever-changing world, thanks to the


 grace of God and our ancestors who once lived, 


breathed, suffered, endured, paved the way, and


in many cases triumphed, despite the odds.

We pray heartfelt prayers for those who came 


before us... for the historical tragedies and 


hardships they endured. They sacrificed it all


 and had the audacity, conviction, compassion,


 and determination to push through many painful 


struggles so they could truly realize freedom


 and independence for themselves and their 


children's children.

We are extremely honored and humbled to trace 


and walk upon the ancient roads our ancestors


 walked upon. We humbly thank and honor our 


ancestors for living with a vision, a sense of 


purpose and commitment.


The existence of our ancestors makes it easier 


to gradually discover and comprehend the how


 and why of our current realities.


Let us pay homage to the lives, the broad range of 


accumulated experiences, insights, contributions, 


shining examples, and significant roles filled by 


our ancestors in building this great society and 


paving the way for us all. 

Those who went before us 



knew from whence their 



blessings came.

African American spirituals have long


 had special meaning. The spirituals embodied


their faith in God as they encountered the 


dehumanizing effects of slavery and racism.


African American spirituals came to stand at the 


very heart of their cultural and spiritual 


awakening. 


They began to sing songs deeply rooted in both 


the Bible and the tragedy of slavery. As the


 enslaved Africans looked to the Bible, they


 identified with the plight of the Hebrew children 


of God and appropriated their story of bondage 


and liberation. 



The spirituals became one 


of their most valuable 


resources.



The spirituals helped sustain the enslaved


 community. They served not only as a means 


of education and worship... they gave the 


community a way to express its deepest 


aspirations for freedom and social change.



Our ancestral history offers insights, pragmatic 


advice, and shining examples of living with a 


sense of purpose and commitment. Extracting 


lessons from the past helps us to better 


understand how past societies, systems, 


ideologies, cultures, etc., were built, how they


 operated, and how they have changed.


We pay homage to the memories of the 


generations of brave souls, who embarked 


into a new world and endured hundreds of 


years of subjugation. 

Knowing about our own cultures opens up opportunities 


for deeper connections to the realities we are exposed


 to daily and the possibilities we can prepare for and 


pass on to future generations.

Many of our ancestors left the legacy of love 


and passion in the world. They were true to their 


mission and who they were. They left a mark on


 the world that is woven into the lives of others 


and can't be erased from the hearts they touched. 



We can learn so much from the lives our ancestors


 lived. We can inherit the similarities we see when


 we look at our reflections. We can inherit their 


passion for the arts or their natural attraction to 


understanding nature. There are so many parts 


of them that makes us who we are.

No one can pass through life 


without leaving tracks behind. 



Will the tracks we leave help


 those coming after us, in finding



 their way? 


We honour our ancestors by remembering them

 

for their selflessness and resilience. Our ancestors 


struggled through the trauma and unfathomable


turbulence of blood-soaked slavery and physical


 violence. They were menaced, terrorized, raped,


subjected to lynchings, buck breakings, and had 


to basically denounce who they were. 


They were denied economic opportunities; 


yet, they endured and contributed,


tremendously, their time, talents, blood, 


sweat, tears and faith in God to build


a better America. They went over and 


above to leave the world better than 


they found it.


Their determination and sacrifices made it


possible for us and future generations to 


have freedom, justice, and human rights. 


Our rights are a direct result of their lifelong


struggles. 


Our ancestors had enough foresight and 


determination to profoundly shape and create


a better life for our journey. Their agonies and 


tortured past has made it possible for our 


generation to populate, acquire, establish, and


utilize spaces previously denied them. Their 


sacrifices and struggles are still teaching our


generation a great deal about the present 


struggles with injustice and racism. 


Through many dangers, deceptive pitfalls, and 


ensnarements our ancestors had to endure and 


overcome, they still took the time to sow rich 


deposits of godly principles by which the present


and future generations might embrace and apply 


so they might walk this day... living uprightly, 


in greater unity, better equipped to forge 


ahead to discover, and walk in their higher 


calling. 


We simply cannot, in good conscience, ignore


the accumulated experiences and invaluable


deposits of knowledge we have garnered from 


our ancestors. Knowing the past opens the 


door to future generations. Many people have 


no idea how powerful and prevalent the hidden


influences of our ancestors are, in each of 


our lives.

Although we understand how we are descended 


from our ancestors, some of us rarely give any thought 


to how they impact us. It is a rather extraordinary


musing to ponder that somebody who lived decades


 before us could have any influence on our lives, but


 the evidence is clear, convincing, and reliable... we 


must simply be made aware of it. 


To discover our ancestral roots 


is a blessing. It can help us gain


 a greater understanding of the


 struggles and challenges our 


ancestors endured. Learning about 


our ancestors can be a fascinating 


and eye opening experience. 

Learning about our ancestors helps us fill in the


spaces and gain a better sense of self. In knowing our 


history, we can take better informed steps forward, 


in the journey of self-discovery.

 It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to research


 and explore the people who came before us. In going 


through the process, we can discover and uncover a


 great deal about our ancestors and learn quite a bit 


about ourselves. We may even come to realize that 


our ancestors had a greater influence on us than we 


ever knew.


The traits we inherit from our ancestors can 


be powerful. The qualities that are embedded


 in our DNA and the environment that we 


were raised in... in many ways, makes us 


who we are.


The culture by which we are influenced and in 


which we are raised is a product of our ancestors. 


The effects of our ideas, beliefs, traditions, 


lifestyles/customs, thought processes and everything 


that helps to create a functioning society and culture 


is passed on from generation to generation. 



As children are raised and developed around 


these components, their culture was and/or 


is directly influenced and affected or sadly, 


in some instances, INFECTED.

In learning about our ancestors’ lives, we can 


see patterns of overcoming failures and 


surviving hard times. Their stories remind us 


that surely not everything in life will work 


fairly or easily, that inhumanity and 


inequalities exist, but we can recover, 


triumph, and find peace in God, despite 


man-made hardships.

Across the ages, our ancestors lit the way before us. 


They lit lamps of truth and shared treasure troves of 


sage advice. They were shining examples of mental, 


physical, and spiritual strength, tolerance, resolve,


aspiration, drive, determination, resilience, and 


unwavering faith. 

Although our ancestors have gone ahead of


us, or stepped out of view for a while, it is our 


belief, they are still with us in a very profound 


sense. It is important for us to know that our 


ancestors are never far away from us. Our 


ancestors, or ancestral spirits, can be seen as 


our spiritual allies who re-visit and help us. 


We are part of a harmonious symphony of life, 


each one caroling with their own individual and 


exquisite pitch in this multitudinous Constellation!


Through the shadows of living memory and out 


across the gulf of years... we can call on our 


ancestors. 


Our ancestors are as near to us as our breath, 


and when connected in conscious ways, 


they can be a tremendous source of healing, 


guidance, fierce protection, and companionship.


Our ancestors can become a tremendous source 


of healing, wisdom, and empowerment in our 


everyday lives, even through the silence. It is 


important to keep our ancestral connection alive


and strong. 


May we accept our encounters with our 


ancestors with pleasure, not fear. May we


open the eyes and ears of our hearts and


listen to their whispered words of wisdom, 


and never underestimate the power of 


spirit!


As we sincerely open our ears to our 


ancestors... we will began to better 


understand the language of spirit.


Think about it: 


Our ancestors stood against oppression and


exploitation; yet, they lifted up the 


downtrodden, and shaped the struggle


for freedom. Each of our lives rests firmly 


on the foundation of their sacrifices.



Honoring our ancestors is very important for


all of us to do. Contrary to what many may think, 


our ancestors can either be by blood or through


spirit. Their brotherhood and sisterhood was 


able to transcend blood relations, races, age, 


and nationality. It was a soul connection. 


 Our Ancestors provided us with wonderful 


pearls of wisdom. We have been bountifully 


blessed to glean valuable life lessons from our

 

ancestors. 


Our ancestors prayed for us, opened the way


for us, and most importantly, instilled in us the


necessity to stay faithful and committed to God's 


truth and our soul's purpose. 


Our ancestors are a reservoir of faithfulness and 


power. Our ancestors left us with a wellspring of 


useful life lessons and principles that can apply to


our present and future generations.


Their shining examples are helping us to have


a vision of excellence, embody our potential, 


and live in a way that steers clear and overcomes 


the evils of complacency, so that we, too, may


forge ahead to our higher calling. 


 So much has been accomplished by our ancestors. 


May we, too, respectfully and willfully rise up, 


discover our mission, and fulfill our soul's purpose


so that we, too, may leave this world and our 


children better off. 

The more we discover about 

our past, the greater a connection 

we feel to our ancestors. 

Knowing our family history

 


builds resilience. 

To our ancestors, we owe you a continuous 


debt of gratitude for your unselfish, genuine 


affection, consideration, care and contributions 


made within your families, communities, cities,


 state, country, and the world. We humbly 


give our blessings to our ancestors... 


and ask theirs. 



May we never take for granted the struggles, 


strengths, and sacrifices of our ancestors. 


May we, too, carry forth the spark, heart, and 


determination to further ensure the freedom


 for future generations. 



May we never forget to celebrate and pay 


homage to the lives and contributions of our


 ancestors. They embraced the moment and 


were committed to paving the way, not only


 in the African American community, 


but for other minority groups.



As we continue to follow the path of 


wisdom and truth, we believe, the souls 


of our forefathers will show us the way out. 



We can honor the memory of our ancestors


 by rediscovering the faith that allowed them 


to survive. We can build on the legacy they 


have left us by carefully following the one 


they followed...

Ancestors, we see you, honor and respect you. 


We pray that we may honor and grow your 


legacy of character and faith by rediscovering


and embracing the faith, in God, that allowed


you to find and experience God's freedom in


the midst of so many horrors, painful hardships, 


and enslavement. 


Thank you for creating a legacy that will take 


future generations to levels you could only 


imagine. May your divine assistance remain 


always with us. 


May your souls be liberated, and rest in the 


highest heights of paradise... imaginable. May you


go from strength to strength in God's Kingdom as 


you stand equally with a multitude of Saints. 



May you be held in the loving arms of God's

 

grace and mercy, and take delight in the Giver 


of all comfort, power, and peace. 



Your spiritual legacy is not only with us, but 


in us. You've lived a life, and made a mark by 


creating something that will last and will never


be forgotten. 



Thank you so much.



In His Love,

Knowing, recording, and preserving our family



history directly impacts us, our family, and 



even future generations of people we may 



never get to know.