We are honored to walk upon the land our 

ancestors walked upon. We humbly thank and 

honor our ancestors for living with a sense of 

purpose and commitment, for lighting lamps of 

truth, for sharing a treasure trove of sage advice, 

for being shining examples, showing and sharing

 endless kindness and inspiration, and for sowing

 rich deposits of godly principles by which the 

present and future generations can embrace and 

apply so they may live uprightly and forge ahead 

to their higher calling.

We owe you a continuous debt of gratitude.

In His Love,

History offers a broad range of accumulated


experiences, pragmatic advice, insights 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.

Our Ancestors provided us with wonderful 

pearls of wisdom and a wellspring of useful 

lessons and principles that can apply to our 

present and future generations.

History and context matters

History is an important and interesting field of the study 

of past events which can honor and provide perspective

 of our past and ground us in our roots of who we are and 

where we come from. Our true history can reveal

 fascinating nuggets of truth and moments in time that 

gives us deeper and more meaningful insights of our

 ancestral past and our true identity.

 Historical narratives are not a synonym for historical 

truth. History is made up of a diverse montage of 

triumphs, missteps and tragedies. 

Knowing our history helps advance our future without 

the past mistakes. Our history can serve as a great torch-

bearer to our future...giving us a "heads up" on the

 wrongs we should have no part in. 

May we press on... moving onward and upward

 capitalizing on those historical strengths without 

reliving those past blunders.

History is a timeline full of fascinating, under-appreciated

 heroes, momentous milestones of the past and

contributions African Americans made and continue to 

make that we did not and are not learning about in 

our educational system. 

Even pictured in the Bible are countless unsung

 heroes who have been portrayed quite differently

Unfortunately, history is overflowing with

 inaccuracies and omissions.

History helps us to dig deeper to see the importance of 

slavery to the American narrative. It helps us better 

understand the cause and effects of slavery and see how

 and why people of color are still being racially


When students are miseducated and can only glean from  

unfavorable stories and stereotypes reported on the news

read in newspapers, heard on radio, seen in movies and 

on television... they end up having little to no respect or

 appreciation for African Americans because of negative 

slants, etc. In far too many cases, African Americans

are grossly overlooked or never described in a positive 

light to any of us. The children and our world need to be 

taught the truth about African Americans both historically 

and currently. 

There are some who have tried endlessly to perpetuate 

generational lies regarding their delusion of white 

supremacy. Some have lied on, murdered and tried to

 keep African Americans ideologically and economically 

downtrodden. They have been and are notorious for 

omitting and/or downplaying those critical narratives

which have shaped the character of our nation.

True history helps us to understand ourselves and the 

world around us. It gives us a clearer picture of how the 

various aspects of society works and how people have 

behaved, generation after generation, in an effort to impose

their delusional idea that a superior race exists. 

How can anyone justify unequal treatment based on 


How can we promote liberty, freedom and democracy,

 on one hand, and a system of subjugation and 

exploitation of people who are of a different hue... on the 


We all are God's offspring. 

For in God we live, move, and have our being. God is 

under no illusion about who we are. God is ever-present 

and dwells within every one of us.  According to 

Scripture, God, our Creator, is interested in all of 


Jesus, Who gave up everything for us, did not die for man 

to assign meaning to the differences between human

 beings. Neither did Jesus write any non-white people out 

of the human family. His teachings are that of elevating 

humanity to a higher level of spirituality and 

enlightenment, not supremacy of one skin color over 


Race was and is an offensively coarse concept,

 constructed by society to determine who belongs and who 

does not. The "Race" idea evolved over time. This societal

construct was formulated to justify its new economic 

system of capitalism and an intense need for labor 

which depended on the institution of forced labor, 

especially the enslavement of African people.

History helps us to better understand many of our present 

day issues and why things are the way they are.

"There is nothing new under the sun".

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Our collective past, from the first civilizations, the middle 

ages and into the modern era are overflowing with 

astounding discoveries of strong, faithful and fearless 

people who, may not be mentioned in our classroom

 books, but they have contributed greatly and provided 

strong and sound shoulders for us all to stand on.

African American history gives us a 

wellspring of great examples of 

virtues we can pursue. 

History, as we have been taught, is a one-sided narrative at 

odds with actual events. It has been grossly distorted and

 misrepresented. So much of what has been passed on as 

"history" are blatant lies. Some of the most powerful 

forces that shaped history were lies people made up about 

events that never happened with the intention to deceive

 and lead others to accept those lies as truth. These 

disingenuous accounts have threatened democracy 

and undermined reality.

According to Wikipedia, history is a social resource that 

contributes to shaping national identity, culture, and 

public memory. Through the study of history, people are 

able to make inroads with a particular cultural identity. 

By negatively revising history, one can craft a specific

 ideological identity contrary to reality.

There are ongoing cases of deceptions, revisions and 

consciously falsified reinterpretations of history 

shamelessly taken out of context by some who would 

blindly accept a lie to avoid uncomfortable truths. Some

have chosen to deny reality, come up with irrational 

distractions, deflections, confusion or outright lies as a 

way to avoid and/or deny the existence and validity of 

uncomfortable truths

Much of history that was taught in school was riddled 

with blatant lies... exaggerated and filled with obvious 

false statements written and published by others who 

knew they were telling lies and twisting the truth.

History is fraught with forgeries, perjuries and outright 

lies. Many lies are told by commission, which is making

 things up that are not true. Some of it is made by 

omission, which is leaving out information or details, not 

telling the full story. And some of it by assent, which is... 

remaining silent when not in agreement. 


Many are so stuck on historical lies... they cannot bring 

themselves to acknowledge that which is inaccurate or 

true. That, in and of itself, is alarming and cultish. These 

distorted interpretations, perceptions and ideological 

influences presents insidious historical lies and sensational 

claims about America's past.

 Adding insult to injury, these lies and distortions about 

our racist legacy have laid the deceptive groundwork for 

 imminent catastrophes, i.e., racial indifferences, injustice,

 systemic oppression, redlining neighborhoods,

 inequalities, police profiling, police brutality, mass 

incarceration and many other expressions of hostility 

and/or discriminatory practices.


These historical distortions and/or ideologies were created 

by those who came before us and they passed these 

distortions and/or ideological influences on to generations

 following them. 

Disgracefully, some have latched on to these delusional 

beliefs and claims which devalued the humanness in 

others, based totally on skin color, as if these belittling, 

unjust, repressive assertions were the gospel truth.  

Many historians are credited as people who, without 

compromise, pursue truth, by way of fact. On the other 

hand, revisionist historians capitalize on the historian's 

professional credibility, and present their pseudo history 

as true scholarship. By adding a measure of credibility to 

the work of revised history, the ideas of the revisionist 

historians are more readily accepted in the public mind

 and tends to fit their political, social, and ideological 


These devious lies have revealed an arrogance and 

entitlement which has affected every generation of 

humanity, and sadly, this disinformation is still being 

condoned, promoted and actively embraced by those who 

would rather live generational lies... than face the truth. 

This is a disturbingly relevant narrative of oppressors 

versus the oppressed and resistance to systemic

 exploitation of African Americans.

Some have chosen to continue demonizing, denigrating

and dismissing African Americans, brutally mistreating,

 denying and ridiculing the truth, dismissing and even 

killing African Americans. 

There are facts about the oppressed that are still being 

overlooked by historians. We can no longer, in good and 

righteous conscience be buried by satanically inspired 

philosophies, twisted human reasoning, or warped, evil 

and distorted belief systems. We must unlock the vault

 of historical lies, and tell the whole truth and nothing

 but the truth, so help us God.

 Truth is likened to a two edged sword, it will either 

cut one down or cut one free. 

We all need the truth.

Some people are not content unless they are in an 

accusing, invalidating, degrading, dismissive, unhinged 

attack mode. 

When people get desperate or feel threatened they create 

illusions of victory. They also seem to find pleasure in 

finding the shortcomings and faults with another 

or their ideas. 

Ignorant, uncultivated, and crude people mock, vilify 

and/or discredit what they do not understand. They make 

accusations often with offensive and dishonest intentions.

We can tell a lot about a person by what they choose to


see in others. People who lie and belittle others do it 

for the purpose of raising themselves up. 

Some people belittle others as a way of expressing their 

own bitterness, anger and ignorance when they purposely 

make unproven assertions in order to cast a bad light on 

what is thought to be a shortcoming of another.


It's been said, 

"To belittle... is to be little".

Misrepresenting the truth creates confusion and doubt. 

These dangerous distortions can corrupt and cause 

eventual destruction. 

Historical narratives and the assumption that the 

subjective interpretation of history is automatically 

rendered into a historical truth on account of its 

historical impact is clearly wrong. It is evil to 

misrepresent someone with delusional opinions

 and false assumptions based on incorrect 

interpretation of another's reality and cultural 


Some people have trouble recognizing the good in 

others. It is an evil which causes widespread harm. 

No one wants to be deliberately lied to, told half-truths 

or given exaggerated accounts of people or experiences.

One lie causes others to question 

everything one has ever said.

 It is important that we tell the truth. Truth telling is 

essential for authentic communication to occur, and it 

makes genuine interactions between people possible. 

The truth is the mortal enemy of the lie. If one is 

sincerely trying to do the right thing and emulate the 

character of God, they understand and value honesty and 


The aim of many historical narratives is not necessarily to 

ascertain what actually happened in the past, but to justify 

what happens in the present and future. One of the many 

game plans racism tries to obtain is the eradication of 

all of the historical contributions made by 

African Americans

When are we, as a nation, 

going to confront our 

history... honestly?

Why have scholars excluded Africa's extraordinarily 

rich history and/or brushed over ancient civilizations? 

Why would one go to such great lengths to make others

believe that Africans have no past and have not contributed

 anything to the world? 

Why have historians not dispelled the stereotypical view 

of Africans being primitive without any appreciation for 

planning or design?

Why would anyone deliberately eliminate the greatest 

period of African achievements and destroy many of the 

historical buildings and monuments and never mention the 

beauty of the continent before its destruction?

Why would anyone purposely start and spread smallpox 

and influenza which would kill Africans?

Why are there so many misrepresentations and stereotypes 

of Africa and African Americans

Why would anyone think that people from some of the 

largest civilizations in human history be better off 

with slavery and colonization?

So, why is the truth of African history being withheld 

and/or distorted?

Now is the time to focus on 

the real truth.

African Americans have been deliberately miseducated 

about their history and themselves!

Telling historical truths is a way to share injustices and 

begin to righteously work towards rectifying injustices.

 Telling the truth is a way to begin to correct the 

misrepresentations and stereotypes of Africans and

 righteously work towards rectifying the injustices and 

idea of whiteness and the lie at the heart of white 

supremacy that devalues Africa and African Americans. 

The journey of humanity is far more 

diverse and beneficial than many ever 

imagined. The further back we venture,


the more clarity and appreciation we 

have regarding righteous human 

relations and resolutions for the

 problems with which we are now


"History tells a people who they are 

and what they have accomplished."

Dr. John Henrik Clarke

Africans were the most industrious and advanced race on 

earth. Africans are the founding fathers of most ancient

 civilizations. This has and still makes white people afraid.

 For eons some have done everything to segregate blacks 

into poor schools and districts. Some have purposely  

hidden the truth in the faces of African Americans in 

hopes they, with truth being so close, will not be able to 

focus on it until it's too late.

Digging deeper into African history helps to 

clarify many of these hidden truths.

From approximately 6000 BCE (when the Nile Valley was 

first inhabited) to 525 BCE is when the traditions of 

several civilizations were established. The Stones were

 used for constructing images, tombs and even the great

 pyramids of Nubia and Kemet.

According to Smithsonian magazine, a 

fossil discovery in 1924 

revolutionized the search for human 

ancestors, leading scientist to Africa.

Africa is a very relevant and indispensable country. It is 

also the most centrally located place on earth. It covers 

6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area.

Africa is a continent of thousands of languages and

 cultures, exceptional eco-diversity, and over a billion

 dynamic and ingenious Africans. Africa is the world's 

second largest and second most populous continent, after 


 According to many experts, 

Africa made the largest regional 

contribution to the gene pool of 

modern humans.

Studying African history and current events gives us a 

deeper understanding of world history and even modern 

American history. 

 African Studies help us to better understand ourselves. 

We become better-informed global citizens when we 

study Africa. 

Let those who do, stop looking at

black people as property. If the truth

be told, genetically speaking, we were

all black once.

🌍African History Matters.

African American history provides insights. It helps us to 

extrapolate from the subject matter of thought, discourse, 

study, etc., although it is not explicitly stated.

It is in our DNA, as African Americans to desire to know 

our roots... our ancestors. Knowing our history... gives us 

a greater appreciation for our present situation. 

When we know our true history and can focus on the 

good and valuable contributions to society that 

Africans made historically and African Americans 

continue to make, we can draw from those cultural

 differences and gain much needed insight

There were thousands of homes around the huge square,

 all in the shape of beehives.

Cattle breeding, milking cows and hunting big game were 

all considered as being honorable activities, and for this 

reason they were usually carried out by men.

More importantly, in terms of livelihood, social status and 

also as the subject of economic transactions, was cattle. 

For their protection against wild beasts kraals were 

constructed. These circular corrals were located in the 

center of each homestead. At night the herd was enclosed 

there. Cattle were extremely highly valued, because the 

size of the herd represented a benchmark of social success 

for every man.

Did you know that in the 

14th century, the city of 

Timbuktu, in West Africa,

 was five times larger than 

the city of London and was 

the richest city in the 


Today, Timbuktu 

is 236 times 

smaller than 



The kingdoms of Benin and Ife were led by the Yoruba 

people and sprang up between the 11th and 12th centuries.

 The Ife civilization goes back as far as 500BC and its

 people made objects from bronze, brass, copper, wood and

 ivory. Studies of the Benin show that they were highly

 skilled in ivory carving, pottery, rope and gum production.

In the west of Africa, the kingdom of Ghana was a vast 

Empire that spread across an area the size of Western 

Europe. Between the ninth and thirteenth centuries 

Ghana traded in gold, salt and copper. 

Ghana was highly advanced and 


It is said that the Ghanaian ruler had an army of 200,000 


Our historical texts are based on warmed-over tales where 

details are distorted to make the story more compelling 

and make some more admired. All are culpable of serious 

lapses... especially the biased narratives where the 

invasion of Africa and the presence of African Americans 

are mysteriously twisted, distorted, overlooked 

and/or omitted. 

History books have been manipulated, reproduced, and 

crafted for the purpose of filling a need, for the greedy 

to deceive. 

Those who turn a blind eye and bend reality to selfishly

suit their desires and personal preferences go to extreme

 measures to cover up the misdeeds and the uncomfortable

 truths about the pains of the past. This misrepresents and

 mislead people about what happened centuries ago.

Many still view the inaccurate alternative facts and, in 

some cases, outright fraudulent claims as truth. This has

 compromised the integrity of our documented history.

 Jeopardizing historical events has... and can have drastic

 consequences, today.

The faux history of America has been shoved into schools 

and into the public eye. Many are very well aware of how 

some of the myths have purposely made one racial group

 appear to be more progressive than others. 

As we are all now seeing, the erasures and omissions of 

historical evils are beginning to backfire. This 

misinformation has led to generational lies, which 

have led to bigger lies people must tell to cover 

up these false versions of reality which are increasingly

 distancing one from the real self. This has created a 

deficiency in the education of Americans and destroyed 

the lives of thousands of African American families. 

When the refusal to remember becomes routinely a part of 

our political culture... the ability to have faith in our 

system and its leaders fades. 

Who is served?

Who benefits when historical deceptions happen? 

What are our children learning when they are exposed to 

liars on a world class scale?

Telling the truth empowers our children and generations 

to come to change, grow, foster cultural appreciation,

fight against xenophobia, gives a full and honest view of 

African Americans, and helps end racism. It is not about 

erasing history, but confronting it honestly.

There's no question, talking about the generational lies 

and white privilege that was not earned, but ill-gotten 

can be a huge undertaking, but an incredibly important 

conversation about uncomfortable truths that should not 

be avoided. 

To not have these difficult conversations regarding 

uncomfortable truths could set your children up for 

failure. This could cause your children to fill in racial 

gaps by coming to harmful, problematic and inaccurate 

conclusions that could prove to be harmful and painful 

for them, once their eyes are opened to truth

Real love for our children goes beyond generational 

hidden truths and lies that were used to control others

Your children may become freedom fighters. Their 

consciousness may be higher and broader, and they may 

just want to do what is right and they want to be that kind 

of person. It could be their assignment from God. Can you 

say the same about the secrets?

Telling the truth earns respect and helps them to not see 

their loved one being a part of generational lies that have 

hurt and killed others. 

Reconciliation occurs when we are able to sincerely 

speak truth, even when it is uncomfortable. The truth

 about the good, bad and ugly of history will help our 

children navigate their natural curiosity. 

With the information super highway at their fingertips, 

children are learning and hearing about historical truths 

and lies, whether it comes from the parents or not. 

Children usually look to their parents to explain.

Telling our children the truth about their history is the 

responsible thing to do. It will enlighten the parent 

and it will be beneficial... a light for our children. 

Let us not be surprised if we find ourselves teaching, 

growing and learning historical truths together.

There are conversations that need to happen around 

the world, ASAP! It is our prayer that people are open-

minded enough to learn the truth.

There are two ways to be fooled: to accept what 

isn’t true or to refuse to accept what is true.

Misinformation is false or inaccurate information 

that is taken seriously by the gullible and spread 

as if it were true. 

Why are we telling children stories 

that we know to be false? 

For approximately 500 years, white 

supremacy has exploited humanity 

and plundered the planet. If we 

know better, why aren't we teaching 

our children the truth rather than 

whitewashed version of U.S. 


Why are we, as Believers in God, 

not telling the truth and not trying to 

bring this selfish and horrible deed to 

all humanity to a halt? How can  

anyone continue to live with such 

horrible lies?


The prehistory of the United States


started with the arrival of Native 

Americans before 15,000 BC. The

 arrival of Christopher Columbus was

 in 1492.

Why are we not telling the truth about

how Native Americans were stripped


of their culture and pushed off their


In Martin Luther King Jr.'s book on civil rights "Why We 

Can't Wait", he explains "Our nation was born in genocide 

when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, 

the Indian, was an inferior race."

According to Wikipedia, Mi'kmaq elder and human rights activist Daniel N. Paul has researched written extensively of historic accounts of atrocious acts of violence against First Nations peoples in North America. 

His work states European colonialism in Canada and America was a subjugation of the indigenous peoples and is an unequivocal violent series of crimes against humanity which has been unparalleled historically. 

Tens of millions First Nations died at the hands of European invaders in an attempt to appropriate the entirety of the land. Those hundreds of diverse civilizations and communities who thrived across North America thousands of years before the exploits of Christopher Columbus were ultimately destroyed. 

Dehumanization occurred in the form of barbaric genocidal processes of murder, rape, starvation, enslavement, allocation, and germ warfare. Of the myriad of ways, the colonists performed ethnic cleansing, one of the most frequent was the practice of bounty hunting and scalping—where colonial conquerors would raid communities and remove the scalps of children and adults.

This war crime of scalping was most prevalent when maritime colonialists repeatedly attempted to eradicate Daniel N. Paul's ancestors, the Mi'kmaq. Scalping was common practice in many United States areas all the way until the 1860s in an attempt to completely wipe out the remaining First Nations.

Why are we not honestly and openly 

speaking out about the enduring power 

of white racism?

Are white people fearful that the 

atrocities, tragedies and many pitfalls 

they created in the lives of millions 

will be their fate?

Why aren't white people telling the 

truth about what they already know 

too well...




Why are we still bending and 

censoring the truth to make others out 

to be the villains... when we know that 

has not always been the case?

How will future generations ever have 

honest discussions about real issues in 

our society?

Eventually, in the face of new 

historical evidence, the baseless

 misinformation and false memories 

that America's forefathers perpetuated 

can dangerously undermine and put 

future generations in harm's way. 

The effects refers to the tendency for 

the post misinformation to feel more 

like betrayal... shattering their faith, 

causing horrible feelings of distrust...

which can create major pitfalls.

How will future generations view their


ancestors who perpetuated white


supremacy ideologies and historical


lies that had such enormously tragic


impact on millions? 

To downplay the historical pitfalls and 

overly emphasize the successes... how 

will those generational historical 

distortions be explained?

The truth will get us unstuck. White

 people need to come to terms with

 reality, past and present, as opposed

to trusting the multitude of lies we

 have all been, systematically, 

encouraged to believe.

In the United States of America, we all have the freedom 

of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to 

assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of 


We have the right to have an opinion; although, no

opinion is absolute.

We love America and realize, from an acutely conscious 

and comparative perspective, that our country is a 

blessed and exceptional nation. To live in the United 

States is a great privilege. America is 


The United States of America is a beautiful country. The 

land of opportunity. One can be dazzled by the amazing 

wonders that are conveniently located right here on U.S. 

soil. One can venture out and about and see some of the 

most impressive and breath-taking places, in America.


Right now, our patriotism must be rooted in our

commitment to... and responsibilities for one another. 

When we pledge allegiance to the flag and to the republic 

for which it stands, we are pledging to stay united in spite 

of our differences. We are pledging to fight for justice, 

especially when it means we must take to the streets in the 

face of injustice. And we are pledging to fight for liberty, 

knowing that no one is free until we are all free.

In the end, those who claim to love this nation need also 

to love the ideals to which America aspires. Here in the 

United States, according to our Constitution, 

"All are created equal". 

We all deserve justice, and we all deserve liberation.

Telling the authentic story is a way to shine a light on very 

important issues and experiences that many may not be 

aware of. It gives everyone an opportunity to have a 

glimpse of another perspective.

Being truthful brings great benefits. Historical truths allow 

us to progressively become more improved, legitimate, 

sincere and higher versions of ourselves, as a “higher 

self”. This is at the heart of all of the “Spiritual” 



Cartoons of the 30s and 40s demonized 

African Americans and helped to perpetuate 

negative stereotypes. 

These cruel depictions of African Americans being 

considered backwards are subliminal messages sent to our 

subconscious mind. 

Subliminal messages can literally bypass our

 conscious mind without us even knowing about it.

 It is for this reason that one cannot hear the 

"suggestions" embedded in subliminal messages. For 

some, subliminal messages are synonymous with mind 

control. Many are not consciously aware of their impact 

on our behavior. These subliminal messages are a form of 

mental manipulation designed to alter our behavior in 

some way without our consent or knowledge.

Several people worked on these animations, frame by 

frame for hours... what a horrible waste of talentThese 

depictions were also tools used to teach people of color 

how to feel about themselves and influence how others 

should regard African Americans.

African Americans built this country 

for free... and are depicted as lazy. 

Slaves did all of the field work, 

building, nursing, cleaning, cooking, 

etc., yet, they are depicted as 

lethargic, sleeping the day away, 

and/or lazy... really?

Racism was condoned and intrinsic to the cartoon. It 

cannot be denied that the cartoons contained images that 

are completely unacceptable. The message is that only 

music can energize African Americans. 

There has to be a special place reserved in hell 

for those who could stoop so low.

Weak people are notorious for pointing out the flaws in 

others. This takes the attention off of their own

 shortcomings, so they think. They will sometimes go out 

of their way to bring people down to make themselves 

feel superior. They want a sense of control. They feed off 

of making people feel as low as they do. It makes them 

not feel as insignificant.

Some only feel worthy when they make others feel 

worse. Insecure people have been known to feel so small 

that they try much harder than needed to assume some sort 

of dominance. People will ofttimes refuse to acknowledge 

their self loathing and insecurities, and as a result they 

project their feelings of insignificance on others by 

making remarks that demean, hurt others and put others 

down. In their orbit, it makes them feel superior... it gives 

them greater importance.
After slavery, massive numbers of emancipated Black 

people in the South were unemployed. Racist Southerners 

and white supremacist were afraid of hard-working Black 

people competing for jobs in the paid labor force with 

white men.

In the Compromise of 1877, white people gave up all 

pretenses about integrating Black people into American 

society as full citizens. White democrats and white 

republicans agreed to abandon Reconstruction, let the kkk 

and other racists take control of governments without any 

federal intervention…and the rest is history.

Compromise of 1877 - U.S. Presidents - HISTORY.com

Emancipation benefited white men in control of the new 

industrial capitalist economy—-but Black people getting 

gainful employment did not.

So that brings us to the myth of Black people and 

“laziness”. What were Southern governments going to do 

with all of the unemployed, under-employed and 

disenfranchised Black men that had recently been 

regurgitated out of the beast of the chattel slave economy?

Make up lies as a legal pretense to put Black men back in 

shackles and exploit their labor again. As Douglas 

Blackmon writes in Slavery By Another Name:

(page 15).

Convict leasing was the practice of governments handing 

over state prisoners to work —-basically for free—for 

large companies. Conveniently, just as large corporations 

were taking advantage of economic opportunities that 

arose from continued westward expansion/

industrialization in the South, the continued enslavement 

of Black men through the convict lease system allowed 

for them to fulfill their labor demands through legal 

slavery without actually having to employ the large 

numbers of people that would otherwise be required to 

conduct massive operations like railroad construction and 


Convict lease - Wikipedia Just like in slavery, white men 

claimed that Black people were lazy because they wanted 

to exploit Black people to work for free labor.

Some have vested interests in preserving the status quo.

Their ideas and habits are pretty stubborn. Their deeply 

rooted beliefs are not easily abandoned. 

Systems are notorious for resisting change; although, 

historical lies have caused unspeakable suffering, untold 

damage and in some cases, millions of deaths. Some will 

not face the truth, but stick to and live what they know to 

be lies. 

Historical lies have and can distort how we think about 

virtually everything. It's important that we do not forget 

these deliberately selfish and unacceptable acts 

of deception that continue a vicious cycle of animosity, 

ugliness, warped justice and racism. 

For all our sakes... let us be honest about our authentic, 

our true, our uncorrupted diverse historical events. 

Without the truth, future generations may be tempted to 

to add insult to injury by telling more lies to cover and

 color all of the other generational lies up. 

When the truth is told, we all are benefited. It is 

undeniable that telling the truth makes history remarkable. 

Truth is the foundation for determining the quality and 

condition of our lives. It is a good investment to make in 

our lives and the lives of future generations.

Why does the American history resonate so widely? 

The way we understand our history 

shapes who we are.

So what happens when our history is fabricated, erased... 

rubbed out and forgotten?

There are sizable holes in the narratve of history, some 

believe if they tell a lie loud enough and often enough, 

people will accept it as truth. Some have purposely 

endeavored to destroy historic relics preserved from 

humankind's earliest era just to support their creatively 

constructed narratives.

Erasing history is a dangerous path because it means that 

the truth becomes something malleable. History has been 

constructed instead of recorded. Revisionist history can 

easily turn into a disaster of historic proportions! Picking 

and choosing which details to omit and/or focus on 

may make the events seem like they were heroic... or 

when the blinders are removed... the history shouts, this is 

not so... it has not been!

Erasing the facts doesn’t mean that events will go away, 

and they never happened. Neither does it mean that one 

has succeeded in narrowing another's range of thought.

It just means no one, all inclusive, can learn very much if 

they depend only on historical fiction... which is a false 

path of understanding.

The degree to which we deviate from the truth, reality and 

existence, and more specifically the path and way of 

 truth, will determine the quality, condition and degree 

to which we experience confusion, suffering and chaos in

our lives.


Many Europeans assumed Africa's history was not 

relevant. They argued that Africans were inferior to 

Europeans and needed to be civilized and converted to 

Christanity. Europeans believed that colonizing was a way 

for them to do God's work. Not all Europeans believed 


According to our fact finding explorations,  Africans 

were by no stretch of the imagination inferior to 

Europe. The Europeans used these notions to justify 

slavery. The reality, however, was quite different. 

As one Iraqi archaeologist put it: 

"No history, no culture, no past."

If we don’t remember where we came from, how can we 

aspire to continuously improve? 

When We Forget History,

We Forget Our Values.

Africa is the cradle of the human race. 

Millions of years ago, human life started in Africa, the 


According to Wikipedia encyclopedia, the 

paleoanthropological site self-proclaimed as the Cradle of 

Humankind is located about 50 km (31 mi) northwest of 

Johannesburg, South Africa, in the Gauteng province.

Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, the 

site currently occupies 47,000 hectares (180 sq mi) and 

contains a complex of limestone caves.

The registered name of the site in the list of World 

Heritage sites is Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa.

According to existing archaeological and fossil evidence, 

however, the Cradle of Humankind is the Afar Triangle in 

East Africa, which is often referred to as the Cradle of 


The Sterkfontein Caves were the site of the discovery of a 

2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus 

(nicknamed "Mrs. Ples"), found in 1947 by Robert Broom 

and John T. Robinson. The find helped corroborate the 

1924 discovery of the juvenile Australopithecus africanus 

skull known as the "Taung Child", by Raymond Dart, at 

Taung in the North West Province of South Africa, where 

excavations still continue.

Nearby, but not in the site, the Rising Star Cave system 

contains the Dinaledi Chamber (chamber of stars), in 

which were discovered fifteen fossil skeletons of an 

extinct species of hominin, provisionally named Homo 


Sterkfontein alone has produced more than a third of early 

hominid fossils ever found prior to 2010. The Dinaledi 

Chamber contains over 1,500 H. naledi fossils, the most 

extensive discovery of a single hominid species ever 

found in Africa.

The thief comes only to steal

and kill and destroy!

Satan conceals truth, is


and targets the mind.

His weapon: Lies!

His purpose: To make people

ignorant of who they are and Whose

they are... where they came from and

what they came from.

Satan is very dangerous and divisive.

He prospers through division.

Throughout history he has been

known to pit people against each other

and make them maim and/or kill each

other. He uses subtle methods to stir

up hatred, animosity and insanity. He

may even flip the script and have

people believing his victim is crazy.

Let us not forget:

Jesus said in John 8:44, "Satan was a

 murderer from the beginning, not

holding the truth. When he lies, he

speaks his native language, for he is a

liar and the father of lies".

Satan and his troops are out to mislead; and to persuade

the willing soul to believe in something that is not true.

Satan would like to keep strong minds weak and docile

while pretending to do the opposite. He is the master of 

disguise. He deceives, controls, oppresses and destroys

humanity in subtle ways and can appear in many different

forms... even innocently.

Satan wants to alter, sicken and/or kill the mind, body and


Satan has been notorious for trying to

deceive and hide Divine truth from


Black history is the history

of enslavement, African

history is the history of


Why Africana History? 

by Dr. John Henrik Clarke

Africa and its people are the most written about and the least understood of all of the world's people. This condition started in the 15th and the 16th centuries with the beginning of the slave trade system. The Europeans not only colonialized most of the world, they began to colonialize information about the world and its people. In order to do this, they had to forget, or pretend to forget, all they had previously known abut the Africans. They were not meeting them for the first time; there had been another meeting during Greek and Roman times. At that time they complemented each other. The African, Clitus Niger, King of Bactria, was also a cavalry commander for Alexander the Great. Most of the Greeks' thinking was influenced by this contact with the Africans. The people and the cultures of what is known as Africa are older than the word "Africa." According to most records, old and new, Africans are the oldest people on the face of the earth. The people now called Africans not only influenced the Greeks and the Romans, they influenced the early world before there was a place called Europe.

When the early Europeans first met Africans, at the crossroads of history, it was a respectful meeting and the Africans were not slaves. Their nations were old before Europe was born. In this period of history, what was to be later known as "Africa" was an unknown place to the people who would someday be called, "Europeans." Only the people of some of the Mediterranean Islands and a few states of what would become the Greek and Roman areas knew of parts of North Africa, and that was a land of mystery. After the rise and decline of Greek civilization and the Roman destruction of the city of Carthage, they made the conquered territories into a province which they called Africa, a word derived from "afri" and the name of a group of people about whom little is known. At first the word applied only to the Roman colonies in North Africa. There was a time when all dark-skinned people were called Ethiopians, for the Greeks referred to Africa as, "The Land Of The Burnt-Face People."

If Africa, in general, is a man-made mystery, Egypt, in particular, is a bigger one. There has long been an attempt on the part of some European "scholars" to deny that Egypt was a part of Africa. To do this they had to ignore the great masterpieces on Egyptian history written by European writers such as, Ancient Egypt. Light of the World, Vols. I & II, and a whole school of European thought that placed Egypt in proper focus in relationship to the rest of Africa.

The distorters of African history also had to ignore the fact that the people of the ancient land which would later be called Egypt, never called their country by that name. It was called, Ta-Merry or Kampt and sometimes Kemet or Sais. The ancient Hebrews called it Mizrain. Later the Moslem Arabs used the same term but later discarded it. Both the Greeks and the Romans referred to the country as the "Pearl Of The Nile." The Greeks gave it the simple name, Aegyptcus. Thus the word we know as Egypt is of Greek Origin. Until recent times most Western scholars have been reluctant to call attention to the fact that the Nile River is 4,000 miles long. It starts in the south, in the heart of Africa, and flows to the north. It was the world's first cultural highway. Thus Egypt was a composite of many African cultures. In his article, "The Lost Pharaohs of Nubia," Professor Bruce Williams infers that the nations in the South could be older than Egypt. This information is not new. When rebel European scholars were saying this 100 years ago, and proving it, they were not taken seriously.

It is unfortunate that so much of the history of Africa has been written by conquerors, foreigners, missionaries and adventurers. The Egyptians left the best record of their history written by local writers. It was not until near the end of the 18th century when a few European scholars learned to decipher their writing that this was understood.

The Greek traveler, Herodotus, was in Africa about 450 B.C. His eyewitness account is still a revelation. He witnessed African civilization in decline and partly in ruins, after many invasions. However, he could still see the indications of the greatness that it had been. In this period in history, the Nile Valley civilization of Africa had already brought forth two "Golden Ages" of achievement and had left its mark for all the world to see.

Slavery and colonialism strained, but did not completely break, the cultural umbilical cord between the Africans in Africa and those who, by forced migration, now live in what is called the Western World. A small group of African-American and Caribbean writers, teachers and preachers, collectively developed the basis of what would be an African Consciousness movement over 100 years ago. Their concern was with African, in general, Egypt and Ethiopia, and what we now call the Nile Valley.

Satan's goal is to: steal, kill, destroy, confuse, deceive, 

control and lord over people, shorten lifespans, weaken 

minds (while pretending to do the opposite), poison what 

people eat, drink, breathe and wear. He uses fear as a 

weapon. He would have others toil while only he and his 

clan prospers. Satan pits people against each other and 

tries to control all aspects of our lives. 

Satan is an instigator, he stirs hatred and animosity 

(making people hate themselves and their neighbors).

 Satan's ideal is to keep people financially enslaved and in 

debt. He is an accuser, he accuses others of crimes while 

presenting a different story via the invisible realm of the  

air. Because Satan is the prince of the power of the air 

(Ephesians 2:2)... he can broadcast his lies and character 

assassinations to the masses... covering massive territory 

with one fatal swoop.

Satan is very divisive, he wants to lead people to the point 

of self-destruction (making people live in fear and anger). 

He wants to keep us from knowing who we are and 

Whose we are by way of secrecy and ignorance. He is 

notorious for recruiting people to carry out his plans. 

Satan does not want us to know what he has done to 

humanity or find out that we are one... we are equal in the 

sight of God. 

He endeavors to scrutinize, tear people down, 

tempt, confuse and discourage his target in an effort 

to cause misery, vexation, sorrow, doubt and faithlessness. 

Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of 

our lives and render us ineffective for the Kingdom of 

God. Satan wants us to feel unworthy to lift our hands to 

praise God or even lift up God's Word! He works on the 

mind in such a way as to induce a state of mental passivity.

Satan is so envious and malicious that he will leave no 

stone unturned in his attempts to tear people down and rob 

them of their peace in God and place in history. 

Has our world become a place where a convincing or 

deceptive lie is more valued and welcome than the truth? 

Why are there so many profound and twisted

 contradictions in U.S. History textbooks?

Why do U.S. History text books deliberately distort and/or 

trade accuracy and then force feed these inaccurate 

narratives to the history curriculum?

Have U.S. History textbooks been revised or manipulated 

to erase sinful acts and puff up people in a way they 

would want others to perceive them to be?

Why do U.S. History textbooks miseducate people with 

grossly inaccurate perceptions and serious lapses?


Why are some of the most shockingly appalling aspects of 

slavery, i.e., the brutality, inhumanity, aggressively racist 

mistreatment and unparalleled exploitation and 

enslavement of black peoplthroughout history been 



The life-blood of courageous black men and women is 

soaked in the soil they fought to save; yet, history has 

either erased, revised or forgotten to include African 

Americans from all significant events of the world... while 

making the white race appear more relevant? 



Why are there so many missing chapters of history? 

History is overflowing with inaccuracies and omissions. 

There are fabrications, perjuries, deception and outright 

lies that have reached epidemic proportions threatening 

the very foundations of our society, corrupting our civil 

discourse and distorting our politics. Many of these

 contradictions are so tremendously vast... they 

are virtually inconceivable. 

These false accounts of history have hidden the brutality 

slaves encountered. There was forced slave labor, forced 

sexual acts with women slaves, whippings, beatings, 

shackling slaves, lynchings, mind games, public 

humiliations, buck breakings, sodomizing men and

 monopolizing information. 

Were these enormously false narratives carried out in 

order to paint a picture that is not indicative of who they 

really were? 

Were these lies told in order to advance certain people?

These despicable acts against humanity have adversely

 affected scores of people. 

Rather than feeling robbed or

seeking truth, some people form and 

cling to false beliefs about African 

Americans despite overwhelming 

evidence that confirms what they 

already know or would rather not hear.

Rather than search for information that will either 

confirm or give a different perspective about 

African Americans... some would rather ignore contrary 

information and seek out or develop elaborate 

rationalizations based on misinformation that supports 

what they want to believe; although, the information is 

faulty to the core.

The Black Man Came From 


King Tut Ruled Egypt.

King Tut was born in ancient Egypt.

In the opinion of some scholars, King Tut was handsome 

and the most famous king in all of Egypt. 

King Tut's legacy was largely negated by his successors. 

He was barely known to the modern world until 1922, 

when British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled 

through a doorway and entered the pharaoh’s tomb, which 

had remained sealed for more than 3,200 years. 

The tomb’s vast hoard of artifacts and treasure, intended 

to accompany the king into the afterlife, revealed an 

incredible amount about royal life in ancient Egypt, and 

quickly made King Tut the world’s most famous pharaoh.

Egypt was the first of many appreciable African 

civilizations. It lasted thousands of years and 

accomplished many noble and astounding things in the 

fields of science, mathematics, medicine, technology and 

the arts. Egyptian civilization was already over 2000 years 

old by the time the city of Rome was built.

According to some scholars, the Great Sphinx of Egypt 

symbolizes the royalty of Egypt. It acts as a symbol of 

man's dominance over nature. The sphinx's majestic 

and imposing appearance serve as a form of warning to 

looters entering the Necropolis.

The Sphinx has an unique design: a human-animal hybrid 

that combines a lion's body with a man's head. Ancient 

Egyptians considered such mixed Egyptians to signify the 

divine. The Sphinx represents a composite of the mortal 

and the immortal. By placing the head of the pharaoh on 

the lion's body, the Egyptians were expressing the notion 

that their ruler was more than a man. 

This way of thought had its roots in 

man's social evolution. 

In the primitive days of humanity, men lived in fear and 

awe of wild animals, which seemed superior by virtue of 

their strength, speed and ferociousness. However, as man's 

collective intelligence increased, so did his ability to tame 

nature, and this bolstered his confidence. The placement 

of the pharaoh's head on the animal's body represents 

humanity's dominion of nature and chaos.

New study finds that many Egyptian statues have broken 

noses because of intentional defacement. đź¤”

The Africans shared knowledge with 

Europeans without prejudice. Little 

did they know Europeans would use 

that knowledge to oppress their 


Slavery and colonization by 


These human beings were 

forced into a completely 

unjust system! 

Why was the invasion of 

Africa and the kidnapping of 

Africans and the slavery,

imposed upon them, 

whitewashed and/or 

minimized in U.S. history 


Slavery and Racism in the Bible

“Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, 

whether the victim has been sold or is still in the 

kidnapper’s possession” (Exodus 21:16).

Africans were demeaned and 

dishonored of their very humanity.

The people who suffered the most from the Transatlantic 

Slave Trade were civilized, organized and technologically 

advanced people, long before the arrival of European 

slavers, trying to suggest they were backward people.

Africans were stolen into slavery and 

transported to a strange land. They 

were robbed of their language, culture 

and family ties. 

Our understanding of the importance 

of African history is virtually absolute.

The very nature of white supremacy requires righteous 

teaching about slavery, the genocide of indigenous people 

and the many atrocities, struggles and ugly realities that 

were and still are being deliberately obscured. 

Dr. DuBois tells us that, "Nearly every human empire that 

has arisen in the world, material and spiritual, has found 

some of its greatest crises on this continent of Africa. It 

was through Africa that Christianity became the religion 

of the world . . . It was through Africa that Islam came to 

play its great role of conqueror and civilizer."

Egypt and the nations of the Nile Valley were, figuratively, the beating heart of Africa and the incubator for its greatness for more than a thousand years. Egypt gave birth to what later would become known as "Western Civilization," long before the greatness of Greece and Rome.

This is a part of the African story, and in the distance it is a part of the African-American story. It is difficult for depressed African-Americans to know that they are a part of the larger story of the history of the world. The history of the modern world was made, in the main, by what was taken from African people. Europeans emerged from what they call their "Middle-Ages," people-poor, land-poor and resources-poor. And to a great extent, culture-poor. They raided and raped the cultures of the world, mostly Africa, and filled their homes and museums with treasures, then they called the people primitive. The Europeans did not understand the cultures of non-Western people then; they do not understand them now.

History, I have often said, is a clock that people use to tell their political time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been and what they have been. It also tells a people where they are and what they are. Most importantly, history tells a people where they still must go and what they still must be.

There is no way to go directly to the history of African-Americans without taking a broader view of African world history. In his book, Tom-Tom, the writer John W. Vandercook makes this meaningful statement: A race is like a man.

Until it uses its own talents, takes pride in its own history, and loves its own memories, it can never fulfill itself completely. This, in essence, is what African-American history and what African-American History Month is about. The phrase African-American or African-American History Month, taken at face value and without serious thought, appears to be incongruous. Why is there a need for an African-American History Month when there is no similar month for the other minority groups in the United States. The history of the United States, in total, consists of the collective histories of minority groups. What we call 'American civilization' is no more than the sum of their contributions. The African- Americans are the least integrated and the most neglected of these groups in the historical interpretation of the American experience. This neglect has made African-American History Month a necessity.

Most of the large ethnic groups in the United States have had, and still have, their historical associations. Some of these associations predate the founding of the Association For The Study of Negro Life and History (1915). Dr. Charles H. Wesley tells us that, "Historical societies were organized in the United States with the special purpose in view of preserving and maintaining the heritage of the American nation."

Within the framework of these historical societies, many ethnic groups, Black as well as white, engaged in those endeavors that would keep alive their beliefs in themselves and their past as a part of their hopes for the future. For African-Americans, Carter G. Woodson led the way and used what was then called, Negro History Week, to call attention to his people's contribution to every aspect of world history. Dr. Woodson, then Director of the Association For the Study of Negro Life and History, conceived this special week as a time when public attention should be focused on the achievements of America's citizens of African descent.

The acceptance of the facts of African-American history and the African-American historian as a legitimate part of the academic community did not come easily. Slavery ended and left its false images of Black people intact. In his article, "What the Historian Owes the Negro," the noted African-American historian, Dr. Benjamin Quarles, says:

"The Founding Fathers, revered by historians for over a century and a half, did not conceive of the Negro as part of the body of politics. Theoretically, these men found it hard to imagine a society where Negroes were of equal status to whites. Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, who was far more liberal than the run of his contemporaries, was never the less certain that "the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government."

I have been referring to the African origin of African-American literature and history. This preface is essential to every meaningful discussion of the role of the African-American in every aspect of American life, past and present. I want to make it clear that the Black race did not come to the United States culturally empty-handed. The role and importance of ethnic history is in how well it teaches a people to use their own talents, take pride in their own history and love their own memories. In order to fulfill themselves completely, in all of their honorable endeavors it is important that the teacher of history of the Black race find a definition of the subject, and a frame of reference that can be understood by students who have no prior knowledge of the subject. The following definition is paraphrased from a speech entitled, "The Negro Writer and His Relation To His Roots," by Saunders Redding, (1960):

Heritage, in essence, is how a people have used their talent to created a history that gives them memories that they can respect, and use to command the respect of other people. The ultimate purpose of history and history teaching is to use a people's talent to develop an awareness and a pride in themselves so that they can create better instruments for living together with other people. This sense of identity is the stimulation for all of a people's honest and creative efforts. A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother. I repeat: History is a clock that people use to tell their time of day. It is a compass that they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It also tells them where they are, and what they are. Most importantly, an understanding of history tells a people where they still must go, and what they still must be.

Early white American historians did not accord African people anywhere a respectful place in their commentaries on the history of man. In the closing years of the nineteenth century, African- American historians began to look at their people's history from their vantage point and their point of view. Dr. Benjamin Quarks observed that "as early as 1883 this desire to bring to public attention the untapped material on the Negro prompted George Washington Williams to publish his two-volume History of The Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. The first formally trained African-American historian was W.E.B. DuBois, whose doctoral dissertation, published in 1895, The Suppression Of The African Slave Trade To The United States, 1638-1870, became the first title to be published in the Harvard Historical Studies. It was with Carter G. Woodson, another Ph.D., that African world history took a great leap forward and found a defender who could document his claims. Woodson was convinced that unless something was done to rescue the Black man from history's oversight, he would become a "negligible factor in the thought of the world. "

Woodson, in 1915, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson believed that there was no such thing as, "Negro History. " He said what was called "Negro History" was only a missing segment of world history. He devoted the greater portion of his life to restoring this segment.

Africa came into the Mediterranean world, mainly through Greece, which had been under African influence, and then Africa was cut off from the melting pot by the turmoil among the Europeans and the religious conquests incident to the rise of Islam. Africa, prior to these events, had developed its history and civilization, indigenous to its people and lands. Africa came back into the general picture of history through the penetration of North Africa, West Africa and the Sudan by the Arabs. European and American slave traders next ravaged the continent. The imperialist colonizers and missionaries finally entered the scene and prevailed until the recent re-emergence of independent African nations.

Africans are, of course, closely connected to the history of both North and South America. The African-American's role in the social, economic and political development of the American states is an important foundation upon which to build racial understanding, especially in areas in which false generalization and stereotypes have been developed to separate peoples rather than to unite them. Contrary to a misconception which still prevails, the Africans were familiar with literature and art for many years before their contact with the Western World. Before the breaking-up of the social structure of the West African states of Ghana, Mali and Song-hay and the internal strife and chaos that made the slave trade possible, the forefathers of the Africans who eventually became slaves in the United States, lived in a society where university life was fairly common and scholars were held in reverence.

To understand fully any aspect of African-American life, one must realize that the African-American is not without a cultural past, though he was many generations removed from it before his achievements in American literature and art commanded any appreciable attention. Africana, or Black History, should be taught every day, not only in the schools, but also in the home. African History Month should be every month. We need to learn about all the African people of the world, including those who live in Asia and the islands of the Pacific.

In the twenty-first century there will be over one billion African people in the world. We are tomorrow's people. But, of course, we were yesterday's people, too. With an understanding of our new importance we can change the world, if first we change ourselves.

The late Dr. John Henrik Clarke, a pre-eminent African-American historian, author of several volumes on the history of Africa and the Diaspora, taught in the Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Originally published in THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Magazine (1997).

In the mid-1500s, resistant Africans were kidnapped from 

their homes and European mariners started bringing

 Africans to America as slaves. They were packed on board the vessels like sardines. Many died at sea and were thrown overboard.

Africans were forced to 



They were branded 

and loaded onto ships.

There is no shortage of dehumanization, cruelty, suffering 

and injustice. Unfortunately, recurring themes continue to 

impact the lives of African Americans... it's just warmed 

over differently.

Many were bound, chained and/or shackled below deck. 

On board the slave vessels, an estimated one-third of these 

individuals died at sea.

Merchants traded humans as merchandise. They were sold 

at auctions to owners who would punish slaves harshly. 

These owners wanted them primarily as plantation 

workers. They would break up families by selling them.

The institution of slavery was the exchange of human 

beings into a medium of exchange, solely for the profit 

of their owners. 

Slaves had no rights over their bodies or loved ones. Slave 

owners controlled the general conditions of their lives, 

i.e., where they lived, what they ate, their work, etc. They 

would also give slaves intoxicating drinks to dumb them 

down and give them no time to think of escaping.

Slave owners had no human consideration for slaves. 

They were viewed as nothing less than property.

  Slave owners mortgaged slaves and bred them. They 

waged Slaves in bets, gave slaves  as wedding presents,

 passed slaves on to heirs, took them from their spouses 

and/or children to settle debts or to begrudge a rival or to 

settle an estate. 

Slaves were routinely whipped, raped, and branded,

 subjected to any desire or dis-ease of their owners.

 Some were castrated and endured many cruel and 

dehumanizing acts.

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Throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the 

kidnappings continued, from the continent of Africa. 

Africans were forced into slavery in the American 

colonies. They were exploited to work as indentured 

servants and labor in the production of tobacco and cotton. 

Slaves performed the labor and others prospered from 

their toil.

Slave men were sexually exploited

and abused by their white masters.

Buck breaking was the heinous and atrocious acts of the 

beating, raping and sodomizing of African slaves by their 

angry slave masters who thought a slave was being defiant 

and needed to be taught a lesson. These atrocities were 

done to degrade, humiliate, destroy the self-esteem and 

break the spirit and manhood of the strong and intimidate 

the weak African male slave. Many of the male slaves, 

after being sadistically raped, committed suicide or would 

run away and never return because they were traumatized 

and could not live with the abuse, rape and emasculation.

The horrific act of buck breaking first started with 

stripping naked the male slaves and having them flogged 

while in full view of the other slaves, the public and their 

childrenThese heinous acts of stripping, raping and 

sodomizing affected both children and men. 

This sexual exploitation was about more than sexual 

gratification, for the white supremacist, buck breaking 

was about example making and asserting power. It was the 

slave masters violent and dehumanizing way 

of humiliating the men and showing dominance.

 Slave masters would ritualistically abuse their slaves to

 demonstrate their power and mastery over them. 

They later created sex farms where male African slaves 

were bred just for the purpose of being raped. 

According to many historians, enslaved men with families 

were forced to have sex with each other in front of their 

family or were raped in front of their sons. Many enslaved 

men who had gone through the process of buck breaking 

killed themselves afterwards or ran away and never 


For the white supremacists, buck breaking either on ships 

or on plantations was a way of utterly embarrassing the 

men and showing dominance.

Buck Breaking was so successful that it was made into a 

“Sex Farm” where white men could travel from plantation 

to plantation feeding their sadistic, homosexual needs.

Slave owners saw literacy as a threat to the institution of 

slavery and their financial investment. Teaching slaves to 

read and write, they thought, would stimulate  

dissatisfaction in their minds and produce insurrection and 


They though literacy would enable the enslaved to read 

the widely-distributed writings of abolitionists. It would 

also allow slaves to discover that thousands of the 

enslaved had escaped, often with the assistance of the 

Underground Railroad, to safe refuges.

Literacy was believed to make the enslaved unhappy at 

best, insolent and sullen at worst. As put by a

Washington lawyer Elias B. Caldwell:

"The more you improve the condition of these people, 

the more you cultivate their minds, the more 

miserable you make them, in their present state. You 

give them a higher relish for those privileges which 

they can never attain, and turn what we intend for a 

blessing (slavery) into a curse. 

No, if they must remain in their present situation, 

keep them in the lowest state of degradation and 

ignorance. The nearer you bring them to the condition 

of brutes, the better chance do you give them of 

possessing their apathy."

Slavery and Racism in the Bible

When southern clergy became defenders of slavery, the

 master class could look upon organized religion as a 

partner of sorts. The gospel became the best instrument to 

control and maintain good conduct among the negroes.

Through teaching slaves the message of the Bible, they 

were encouraged to bear the earthly burden in exchange 

for heavenly rewards. Slaves were frightened into 

believing that disobedience to earthly masters would be 

perceived by God as disobedience to Him.

Benjamin Banneker (November 9, 1731 – 

October 19, 1806) was a free man. He was the author of 

the African-American almanac. He was largely self taught.

Benjamin Banneker was a surveyor, naturalist, and farmer. 

He was born in Baltimore County, Maryland. He became 

one of the most famous African Americans in early U.S. 


In the 17th and 18th centuries, some blacks gained their 

freedom, acquired property, and gained access to 

American society. Many moved to the North, where 

slavery, although it was still legal, had less of a presence.

Harriet Tubman was an escaped enslaved woman who 

became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, 

leading enslaved people to freedom before the Civil War, 

all while carrying a bounty on her head. Mrs. Tubman was 

also a nurse, a Union spy and a women’s suffrage 


Jim Crow laws flourished within an oppressive society 

marked by violence. 

The North was not immune to Jim Crow-like laws. Some 

states required Black people to own property before they 

could vote, schools and neighborhoods were segregated, 

and businesses displayed “Whites Only” signs.

Jim Crow laws were a collection of state and local statutes 

that legalized racial segregation. Named after a Black 

minstrel show character, the laws—which existed for 

about 100 years, from the post-Civil War era until 1968—

were meant to marginalize African Americans by denying 

them the right to vote, hold jobs, get an education or other 

opportunities. Those who attempted to defy Jim Crow 

laws often faced arrest, fines, jail sentences, violence and 


Extreme cruelty, such as lynchings, forces us to confront 

the harsh truths of evil, entitled, exploitive and heartless 

people. Some people harbor thoughts of revenge in their 

hearts and can casually perform some of the most evil, 

inhumane and hateful acts against humanity. 

There are far too many who are quick to project blame, 

accusations, flaws and moral shortcomings onto others.

 Some people can be notorious for dismissing and/or

 disowning their personal responsibility, or blatantly lie in 

an effort to hide their undesirable characteristics or inflate

 their false image. 

Some are so pathetic, they deflect, bend and negate reality 

and want others to accept their unreasonable justifications

 for their heinous behaviorIt is baffling how one can 

shamelessly blame the actual victim and stoop so low,

 without any remorse. 

How can anyone, being blessed with the ability to reason...

 be capable of heinous, heartless, barbaric reasoning, such 

as this? 

Of all God's creatures... these are some of the most toxic 

and cruelest.

Billie Holliday sings this heart wrenching song, not to 

minimize or embellish lynching. It is a harsh and 

heartbreaking fact... that she pours out in song.

Memphis teacher Ida B. Wells became a prominent activist against Jim Crow laws after refusing to leave a first-class train car designated for white people only. A conductor forcibly removed her and she successfully sued the railroad, though that decision was later reversed by a higher court.

Angry at the injustice, Wells devoted herself to fighting Jim Crow laws. Her vehicle for dissent was newspaper writing: In 1889 she became co-owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight and used her position to take on school segregation and sexual harassment.

Wells traveled throughout the South to publicize her work and advocated for the arming of Black citizens. Wells also investigated lynchings and wrote about her findings.

A mob destroyed her newspaper and threatened her with death, forcing her to move to the North, where she continued her efforts against Jim Crow laws and lynching.

The post-World War II era saw an increase in civil rights 

activities in the African American community, with a 

focus on ensuring that Black citizens were able to vote. 

This ushered in the civil rights movement, resulting in the 

removal of Jim Crow laws.


The abolitionist movement was an organized effort to end 

the practice of slavery in the United States. 

The divisiveness and animosity fueled by the movement, along with other factors, led to the Civil War and ultimately the end of slavery in America.

*An abolitionist is a person who fought to abolish slavery 

during the 19th century. They sought the immediate and 

full emancipation of all slaves.

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York, and became an important voice in the fight for racial and gender equality. She was an American abolitionist.

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland. When he was sold, the wife of his owner taught him the alphabet, despite the ban on teaching slaves to read and write. His ability to read refined his political views and human rights ideology, and gave him the impetus to become an American social reformer, American abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

Harriet Beecher Stowe cared about social justice. She was an American abolitionist and author. She wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabinwhich depicts the harsh reality of African-American slaves in the United States.

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery. She was an American abolitionist.

Harriet Tubman eventually became one of the most important â€śconductors” of 
the Underground Railroad.

John Brown helped both freed and escaped slaves find refuge along the route of the Underground Railroad. He also created the League of Gileadites, a group formed to protect black citizens from slave hunters. John Brown was executed on December 2, 1859, after he was captured during the failed raid on Harper’s Ferry.

By the mid-19th century, America’s westward expansion 

and the abolition movement provoked a great debate over 

slavery that would tear the nation apart in the bloody Civil 


When the Civil War began, many Northern blacks 

volunteered to fight for the Union. Some people expressed 

surprise at how fiercely black troops fought. But black 

soldiers were fighting for more than restoring the Union. 

They were fighting to liberate their people.

Black soldiers were fighting bigotry 

abroad while it was tolerated at home. 

Some men refused to serve in the

 "Jim Crow" military and were 

imprisoned for it.

After the war, the racist legacy of slavery remained. 

It spurred a campaign of resistance, including the 

Underground Railroad.

Though the Union victory freed the nation’s four million 

enslaved people, the legacy of slavery continued to 

influence American history, from the Reconstruction era 

to the civil rights movement that emerged a century after 


A black man was accused of assaulting a white woman. 

As a result, a riot broke out. The riot left at least 300 black 

people murdered. An estimated 10,000 more were left 

homeless, 35 city blocks housing 1,256 residences were

 burned down and 600 successful businesses were lost,

 including 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, two movie 

theaters and a hospital. 

According to the Atlanta Black Star, the Ku Klux Klan-

led riot lasted for over 16 hours.