Before the Beginning
I relish the reflection that February brings as Black History month in the USA. First officially recognized back in 1976, the month-long celebration developed from Negro History Week which was started by Dr. Carter G Woodson in 1929.
No doubt, Dr. Woodson drew attention to the achievements of black Americans based on an understanding that a better perspective on our past would not only provide the proud footing needed to stand strong in the present day, but that it would also be the steady bow from which arrows of hopeful intentions spring.
Woeful centuries of racism and oppression have produced an uneven ground in many cases but how swift and straight might our arrows fly when we gain inspiration from the noble stance of African bowmen upon whose shoulders we stand?
The arrows of undebased bowmen were released before barbaric individuals, institutions and governments began their trade in human cargo, cultural destruction and degradation…. Before the beginning of continental sabotage and the subjugation of generations.....Before the beginning of an encroachment on the motherland by forgetful Europeans who landed on Africa's shores as colonizers, rapists, pillagers, slave traders and Christians. For a time, the world forgot its roots but now we remember mother Africa.
Knowledge of our past has the power to change trajectory so we look briefly back - before so many ties began to be severed between Africa, earth's oldest land mass, and her children. Our motherland has held the same space for more than 300 million years, birthing humanity, giving rise to the greatest kingdoms and spawning the most resilient diaspora on the planet.
Knowledge is a time machine and a window to that era before the beginnings of race based traps of supremacy-inferiority.
Continuing the efforts of Dr. Woodson, LACS calls attention to the persistent accomplishments of those nearly forgotten bowmen and a motherland too often taken for granted. We begin a list of interesting facts that celebrate Africa and her people throughout the world. Our history did not begin in America.
1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world.
2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been found in Africa that date back between 4 and 5 million years. The oldest known ancestral type of humanity is thought to have been the Australopithecus ramidus, who lived at least 4.4 million years ago.
3. Africans were the first to organize fishing expeditions 90,000 years ago. At Katanda, a region in northeastern Zaïre (now Congo), was recovered a finely wrought series of harpoon points, all elaborately polished and barbed. Also uncovered was a tool, equally well crafted, believed to be a dagger. The discoveries suggested the existence of an early aquatic or fishing based culture.
4. Africans were the first to engage in mining 43,000 years ago. In 1964 a hematite mine was found in Swaziland at Bomvu Ridge in the Ngwenya mountain range. Ultimately 300,000 artifacts were recovered including thousands of stone-made mining tools. Adrian Boshier, one of the archaeologists on the site, dated the mine to a staggering 43,200 years old.
Interesting facts from Black History Studies
Photo art : No. 1 is Nubian warrior art taken. No. 2 is from Motherland reality: As simple as drawing lines on a map. No. 3 is from XQ Chronicles & Collection.