There are times when I receive e-mails, usually related to history, to which I cannot quickly respond. There are those who probably think it is an act of arrogance. Time is so precious, and some requests, such as the one below, require serious time.
Normally, I would answer with two or three sentences and move on. However, this one demanded more attention, particularly after reading the heading: "Please help me to understand." The message was, "Egypt is really only a small part of the whole of Africa...So why then do so many African Americans look to Egypt to bolster their self esteem? Thank you." Hopefully, the answer will satisfy others who have the same interest.
Dear Art: This is a long story, but I will try to make it short. During slavery, Afrikan peoples were taken out of the history books and denied any part of ancient history, other than slavery. Kemet (Egypt) is where civilization began (not Mesopotamia, as has been falsely reported), giving birth to: science, mathematics (arithmetic to physics), law, engineering, writing, alphabet, agriculture, architecture, astronomy, medicine, art, spiritual thought, music, dance and so many other human creations. This is admitted in most of academia, and the media. National Geographic (which made King Tut a Caucasian on their cover), works over time to make the creators of the above white, when Europe, Greece or Rome did not exist when the Sphinx, and the three pyramids of Giza were built.
Western scholars admit that Kemet (Egypt) was the greatest ancient civilization on the planet. In so doing, their historians, anthropologists, archeologists, and others had to give credit for this greatness to whites and Arabs. 'This was a civilization founded by white or Semitic people from the North. These baseless claims were widespread within the ranks of Egyptologists, and they helped inspire both H. M. Herget's 1941 National Geographic Magazine paintings of pale-skinned Egyptians and the imaginary white images created by Hollywood, which together have deceived the public for the past half-century.'" (Manu Ampim. The Vanishing Evidence Of Classical African Civilizations.)
These same scholars and writers began changing the complexion of great individuals, such as: Beethoven, Hannibal, Dumas, and many others, from black to white. They could not conceive that people of Afrikan descent could have possibly done anything of significance, since their historical legacy, according to various scholars, was only as slaves.
The other area of great concern, white and Arab scholars constantly say that people of Afrikan descent had nothing to do with Kemet (Egypt); that they only came from West Afrika. Thanks to the work of several black scholars researching migratory patterns, comparing artifacts, and tracing the ancestry of some of the largest cultures in West Afrika, i.e. the Yoruba, Ashanti, Mandinka, and several others, have found that their origin is in Kemet (Egypt). Scholars of European and Arab descent won't even touch this area of research. They are claiming the ancient Kamites (Egyptians) looked like the present day Arabs, who were originally black Afrikans. So-called Arabs did not enter Kemet until around 7th century A.D., during the Islamic revolution. The legacy of Afrikans in Kemet dates back to some 10,000B.C.E.