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We often experience a sense of distance
and isolation when looking to learn about
our ancestors, not that we don't desire to be
in the company of those who came before us,
instead, the distance in time and familiarity
separates us from them.
Discovering our history and learning about our
ancestors may be a very beneficial experience.
Along the way, we'll discover a lot about
ourselves in addition to our ancestors. It's
possible that our ancestors had a greater
influence than you ever could imagine.
Many of us have felt lost, disconnected, and
culturally wounded and we want to connect
with and learn more about our heritage.
Many of our ancestors can be significant
sources of empowerment, supportive counsel,
generational healing, and an emotional
sense of community. They have a way of
grounding us and connecting us to the
longings of our souls.
Our forefathers are regarded as our allies.
They are resemblant to a reservoir of power
that can propel us back into a sense of
belonging after centuries of displacement.
There is a rich reservoir of African history,
profound wisdom, culture, accomplishments
and substantial contributions to technology,
commerce, sports, politics, and entertainment,
as well as a wellspring of unknown facts that
have been purposely twisted and/or kept
from our eyes.
Although we understand how we are descended
from our ancestors we hardly ever consider how
they have shaped us.
The idea that someone who lived many decades
before us may have any impact on our lives is very
extraordinary. But the proof is already in place; we
just need to be properly informed of it.
The setting in which we were raised was greatly
influenced by our predecessors. Many of the customs
we follow may have originated with our ancestors.
Understanding the legacy of our ancestors can
help us see the beauty in and value of the
traditions and practices we uphold out of quiet
reflection and respect.
Everyone is aware of the ways in which a person's
social environment affects them as they become older.
Children learn what is appropriate and common in the
culture they are raised in through their interactions at
home and in school.
We recognize that we are the product of a certain
culture, but do we know what that culture is a
There are, however, two sides
of the ancestral spectrum.
Simply stated, the culture that shapes us and that
we are raised in is a legacy from our ancestors.
Every aspect of a functional society and culture—
ideas, customs, ways of life, modes of thought—is
passed down from one generation to the next.
Children's futures are altered and influenced by
these aspects they are brought up in.
We might observe how our predecessors had a
bigger influence on us than we may have imagined.
Even while our ancestors might not be present
in the flesh, their belief systems and ways of life
can still be seen in our society.
Their culture was passed down from generation to
generation, and it had a direct impact on how we
were brought up and evolved.
Studying our family history and discovering unique
tidbits about our ancestors is fascinating. Numerous
aspects of our lives have been influenced by our lineage,
including our current habits and dispositions as well as
our environment of birth and upbringing. Examining
the nature of this effect can teach us a lot about our
current situation and the way we are behaving.
Our ancestors influenced so many aspects of our lives,
from where we were born and raised to how we were
raised, to the habits and personalities we have today,
and so on.
Let us examine our ancestors to see if there are any
interesting traits or terrible traditions and beliefs that
have been passed down.
Ancestral spirits, like the living, range from wise,
loving, impartial, reasonable, and righteous to...
devious, unscrupulous, manipulative crooks,
self-centered tyrants, and venomous devils with
no idea of their greater purpose.
Sure, some may have died, but their post-death
trip may be plagued by rectifying the many
dysfunctional wrongs committed, and wicked
seeds sowed, watered, and developed... then,
passing the full blown dysfunction down
along their bloodlines, while on their earthly
journey. This type of ancestor is unworthy
Many of our ancestors stood up to oppression
and endured a horrifying succession of cruel and
heartbreaking experiences, i.e., being ripped away
from loved ones and enslaved.
Many people were beaten, tormented, and
subjected to heinous and barbaric punishment.
Many individuals died as a result of starvation.
Countless people began to die, as a result of illness,
and some committed suicide to avoid further
Some people became terribly ill, as a result of
scurvy, dysentery, influenza, and other illnesses.
In shark-infested waters, the captain of the ship,
transporting the enslaved, would order many
to be thrown overboard, either because they
were ill or as a disciplinary action.
Our ancestors were sold into forced labor at
public auctions after their arrival in the new world.
Our ancestors were subjected to crimes like
chattel slavery, genocide, and white supremacy.
They were subjected to horrible medical experiments
They had to work in the fields for free from
sunrise to sunset.
They breast fed and nurtured oppressors' children,
cooked for them, and cleaned their houses.
Hate groups could get away with murdering our
Our forefathers were subjected to the humiliation
of buck breakings.
They were terrorized by the slave patrols,
lynchings, racial nonsense, abuses, threats,
massacres, systematic racism, and the
prohibition on learning to read and write.
Our ancestors were treated as property, exposed
to sexual assault, whipped, and bore their
oppressors' offspring. Economic inequality,
Jim Crowism, segregation, police brutality, red
lining, black codes, war, and famine, to name
a few, kept our ancestors further oppressed.
If our ancestors had not persisted and stood up
to their oppressors, we would not be here today.
We are the result of our ancestors' tremendous [[
efforts, sacrifices, and achievements.
Consider the following: Cruel bigotry,
inhumane hardships, sacrifices, injustices,
rivers of blood, senseless, torturous murders,
and ungodly acts of evil. But, by God's grace,
many of our forefathers were able to persevere
Learning about our ancestors allows us to fill in
many gaps and progress on our road of
The existence of our ancestors facilitates understanding
of the how and why of our present reality.
It is difficult to reach our greatest potential until
our lives and relationships are in some semblance
of 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 then deciphering and breathing life into our
Connecting with and summoning those who have
come before us is a healing experience in and of
itself. A practice that can help us clear generational
trauma and access generational gifts.
We, too, will one day join the
sacred chain of our ancestors.
Our most important responsibility is to do the
right thing and strive to be godly, loving, and
evolved ancestors. This means that we should
always do no damage and leave everyone we
meet in a better state than they were before we
arrived. We owe it to each other, our children,
grandchildren, and generations yet to be born...
to leave them not the same, not worse off, but
awakened, attentive, alert, aware, and in a
considerably higher and whole state of being.
By the grace of God, we are all an extension...
a continuation of our ancestors' stream of life.
We are our ancestors' bones, blood, and cells.
Those who came before us shaped who we are
and have taken up residence in our beings.
Our ancestors are seared
into our DNA.
We could sense a soft calming and peace on
the basis of their offerings and sacrifices.
Our ancestors exist in memories that are not
ours, but they mysteriously reside in our genes.
When we communicate with and learn from
our ancestors. They can tell us things that have
nothing to do with us and lead us to areas we
have never gone. They are the extraordinary
relationships that bind us, strengthen our
resilience, and makes us who we are.
With a humble and grateful heart, we feel
blessed to celebrate our ancestors and
ancients, who paid the price and walked
As a result of their lives, sacrifices, and deeds...
our generation and future generations are reaping
and experiencing the magnificent fruits of their
We are the seed of our ancestors.
We are founded on the dust
of our ancestors. We respect
and care for our ancestors' bones.
We carry our ancestors' genes in
our blood. We are our ancestors'
soul link, life-force, essence,
We all have distant ancestors, both blood and spirit,
and each of our lives is built on the underpinnings
of their sufferings and sacrifices. We all have
spiritual paths that lead to these dedicated,
enlightened, selfless, kind-hearted, and strong
Our African and African American ancestors,
torchbearers, trailblazers, pioneers, unsung
heroes and heroines enabled our generation
and future generations to realize their full
potential on this earth.
Yes, we are the result of our ancestors' profound
and often hidden influences, and learning their
history... satisfies an essential need in each of us.
Being conscious of and feeling responsible for
our ancestors, ethnic descent, bloodline, origin,
roots, and all future humankind is an act of
We are all a part of the human
Knowing our cultural roots and where we originated
from could very well help us establish a strong
sense of self... a sense of who we really are.
May we open our eyes, ears, and hearts to a
more profound knowledge of our actual and
rightful place on this planet.
Learning about our ancestors' lives allows
us to acquire a better understanding of the
difficulties they faced. Our ancestors were
sometimes destroyed by challenges, and other
times they mastered and/or overcame them.
Before European colonialists invaded Africa,
the continent was ruled by civilizations whose
histories are still obscure. Many of Africa's
magnificent kingdoms fell hundreds of years
ago, and so much time has passed that we may
never completely understand or appreciate what
life was like in their domains.
A small number of these African kingdoms
remained independent long enough to be
chronicled during the period of optical
Human ancestry, DNA, ethnicity, and our
shared origins began in Africa and expanded
around the world, according to a variety of
sources, including the most recent genetic
studies, linguistic data, and archaeological
Our African ancestors have continued to
provide Africans and African Americans
with a unified, synergistic, and personal
feeling of self-affirmation, identity, and
The History Of Africa
Skeletal remains discovered in East Africa imply that
the Rift Valley was home
to the first human ancestors.
Early Human Ancestors 5-2.5 million BCE
Fossils Of The Middle Awash
According to Wikipedia, the history of Africa begins
with the emergence of hominids, archaic humans,
and anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens)
in East Africa around 300-250,000 years ago, and
continues unbroken to the present as a patchwork
of diverse and politically emerging nation states.
Ancient Egypt has the first known
recorded history, followed by
Nubia, the Sahel, the Maghreb,
and the Horn of Africa.
Africa, the cradle of humanity
The cradle of humanity
The African continent's rift valley system is a
perfect environment for understanding human
evolution; for the important paleoanthropological
discoveries in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda,
and Zaire, the African rift valleys are indeed
considered the "Cradle of mankind," that is, the
place where our species evolved and diversified
over the last million years.
The link between paleoanthropological finds
and rift valleys is not by chance, because the
volcanic and tectonic activity that caused the
tectonic depressions, as well as the concurrent
deposition of sediments in the basins, created
ideal conditions for the spread of life. Lavas,
volcaniclastic deposits, and tephra, on the other
hand, were responsible for the fast burial and
preservation of faunal and floral remains.
Many fossils of human and animal species
have been discovered in the Ethiopian rift
valley, which may have been a critical region
for human evolution over the last million years.
Two Ethiopian fossils have been recognized as
the species' oldest known members. Radioactive
dating reveals that fossil skulls date back 195,000
Within the country's borders, some of the most
famous and iconic hominid fossils have been
Ethiopia may claim rights to many "firsts" in the
history of hominids, including the first stone tools
and the earliest Homo sapiens.
The discovery lends credence to the theory that
humans originated in Africa,
Before colonization a great number of
African Kingdoms and People
had inhabited the African Continent for at least
Pre-colonial societies were highly heterogeneous,
ranging from stateless to state-run to kingdom-run.
The concept of communalism was widely
accepted and followed; land was kept in
common and could not be bought or sold, but other
items, such as livestock, 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 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 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.
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.
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 Dynasty. He 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. 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
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.
Great Zimbabwe was the
Iron Age capital of the Kingdom
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
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).
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
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
The Moors originally came from North Africa. Once
Liberia was captured, thousands moved there and left a
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
art, and agriculture helped
propel Europe out of
the Dark Ages and into the
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The spirituals became one
of their most valuable
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,
" the forced migration and subsequent brutal
treatment of the enslaved in cotton fields was
critical to the United States' establishment as
a world economic power. The crops that allowed
America to thrive were soaked by our forefathers'
blood, sweat, and tears.
Cities were built on the backs of our forefathers.
Many of our world leaders, with their antiquated
world views, were breastfed by our ancestors.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Knowing our family history
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
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,
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
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.