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 


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 



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 


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


 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 




Skeletal remains

uncovered suggest the

Rift Valley, in East

Africa, is home to the

earliest human 


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. 


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 


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.

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 


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 


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


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 

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 


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 


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. 

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.