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A World Without African (Black) People
By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
Posted: April 07, 2004
Unfortunately, there is an overt tendency by Trinbagonians of African
descent (and maybe others) to denigrate, devalue and demean any and
In fact, over the past five hundred years, Euro-centric scholarship,
albeit Eurocentrism, has sought to convince the world that nothing came
out of Mother Africa but defenceless, powerless slaves and that the
inhabitants of this continent were uncivilized, barbaric, primitive
These people contributed nothing to world civilization and culture,
according to this Euro-centric interpretation of history or His-Story.
However, an Afro-centric interpretation of world history reveals a totally
different, but true, picture or Story. Truth be told:
The fact of the matter is that while all these inventions took place in
the A.D. era, let us recall that in the B.C. era, Africans (Kemites) of
ancient Kemet (Egypt) invented the binary mathematical system, which is
the spinal cord of the computer system today.
- Sarah Boone, a Black woman, invented the ironing board;
- Jan E. Matzalinger, a Black man, invented the shoe lasting machine;
- Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the comb;
- Lydia O. Newman, a Black female, invented the hair brush;
- Madam C.J. walker, a Black woman, invented hair care and make-up
products for women;
- Lloyd O. Ray, a Black man, invented the dust-pan in which to put
- Thomas W. Stewart, a Black man, invented the mop;
- George T. Samon, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer;
- John Love, a Black man, invented the pencil sharpener;
- William Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen;
- Lee Burridge, a Black man, invented the typewriting machine;
- A. Lovette, a Black man, advanced the printing press to what it
- John Burr, a Black man, invented the lawn mower to cut grass;
- Richard Spikes, a Black man, invented the automatic gear-shift
- Joseph Gammel, a Black man, invented the super charge system
for internal combustion engines in cars;
- Garrett A. Morgan, a Black man, invented the traffic light;
- John Standard, a Black man, invented the refrigerator;
- Alice Parker, a Black woman, invented the heating furnace to
warm homes during the cold Winter and Fall seasons;
- Frederick Jones, a Black man, invented the air conditioner to
cool homes during the long, hot Summer seasons;
- Elbert Robinson, a Black man, invented the electric trolly,
- Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator;
- Philip Downing, a Black man, invented the letter drop mailbox;
- William Barry, a Black man, invented the post-marking and
- Lewis Howard Latimer, a Black man, invented the filament
within the light bulb;
- Dr. Charles Drew, a Black man, invented a way/method to
preserve and store blood, which led to his starting the world's
first blood bank;
- Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a Black man, performed the world's
first open-heart surgery.
Moreover, in 47 B.C., the High Priests of ancient Kemet performed the
world's first recorded medical operation.
These original medical doctors delivered Pharaoh Cleopatra's VII son
called Caesarion or "Little Caesar" through this procedure named after his
father, Julius Caesar, then Emperor of Rome. This ancient medical
procedure is called the "Caesarean Section" today.
This operation was done at the Temple of Kom Ombo---Africans invented
According to the Euro-Greek Homer: "In medicine, Egypt leaves the rest of
the world behind."
In addition, these Africans: invented the world's first Zodiac sign at the
Temple of Dendera in 300 B.C.; the 365 ¼ day Solar calendar in 4,100 B.C.;
the 24-hour day; and paper using the papyrus plant.
In religion, three of the early Popes of the Euro-Christian Roman Catholic
Church were African (Black) men, viz, Saints Gelasius, 492 A.D.,
Miltiades, 311 A.D., and Victor 1, 189-199 A.D.
The African pope Victor I decreed Latin as "the liturgical language of the
Roman Catholic Church."
Bro. Malcolm X once remarked: "If I can convince you that you have done
nothing then you will do nothing."
What is vitally needed in TnT is a new, holistic educational paradigm at
UWI and in public schools across the country to bring to the fore the
historical geniousness of African people.
African people are the original peoples with original ideas and if it were
not for an Africa of yesterday, then there would not be a Europe, America
or TnT today.
Nothing in Europe is original, including the Europeans themselves. The
continent of Europe is named after Princess Europa of Mother Africa.
As Itabari Njeri concludes: "So institutionalized is the ignorance of our
history, our culture, our everyday existence that often we do not even
So, where would the world be without African (Black) people? The world
would still be in the DARK!
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").