African Contributions to Civilization by Web Duboyce
I am extremely grateful for the movies and television in recent years for enlightening me about the contributions of black people to history.
Of course, I already knew about the importance of black men like Socrates, Scipio Africanus, and the Egyptian Pharaohs, but just recently I have learned a lot more.
I did not know, for instance, that the great Queen Elizabeth I and her mother Ann Boleyn were black. That there were two leading black men among the Roman Legionnaires who invaded Britain. Also among Scottish nobles and commanders of the Persian empire armies. And that a black man led a peasant revolt in medieval Rumania. Or that the racist Romans attacked Hannibal and the black Carthaginians out of jealousy for their success.
SubSaharan people sure got around a lot in the old days. Given the short distance between the African and South American coasts, it is likely that they discovered America before Columbus, and the racist Portuguese stole the Africans’ navigation knowledge that allowed them to sail around the world.
I did not know until recently that the Vikings had black queens and that some of Jane Austen’s characters in English society were black. Or that Tolkien’s wonderful Western world was integrated. Or that the brave American paratroopers liberating Europe were black and that one of the main figures in the first Afghanistan insertion was a kindly black soldier. I admit I had my suspicions about Alexander Hamilton, but I wasn’t sure.
I am happy to note that the Europeans are participating in this great movement of enlightenment along with Hollywood. Did you know that Finland has a black woman president and that one of the Three Musketeers was black and a favourite of white women and that another one married a black woman? I did not know until recently that the most bright and dedicated British police commanders are black as are the greatest scientists. Or that a brilliant black heart surgeon with dreadlocks was also a great philanthropist.
I expect any day to learn that Helen of Troy was black.
I am particularly glad to learn that happy mixed-race families are now typical in the U.S. It means that perhaps we are finally overcoming the evil of white privilege that has marred our society for so long.