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Black Kings of Egypt

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In the 80s I remember seeing a small pamphlet put out by either a cigarette or beer company.  It was about 30 colorful pages of black Kings and Queens of Egypt; it was beautifully illustrated although I don’t remember it being heavy on information.  Just quick blurbs of certain kings I don’t even remember the names of.  It wasn’t scholarly, I’m sure, and it wasn’t a teaching tool that teachers referred to when talking about Egypt or black history month.

“And if you turn to page 17 above the ad for Kool’s you will see that during King Tutmose’s reign there was a low supply of grain which is why the Hebrews began serving malt liquor to the royals.  80 years later Tutmose the III brought us Malt Light.”

For a more scholarly study one might want to pick up the February 2008 edition of National Geographic Magazine.  The cover story is about the Black Pharaohs of Egypt and it seems as if there were quite a lot of them. 

“Piye was the first of the so-called black pharaohs—a series of Nubian kings who ruled over all of Egypt for three-quarters of a century as that country’s 25th dynasty. Through inscriptions carved on stelae by both the Nubians and their enemies, it is possible to map out these rulers’ vast footprint on the continent. The black pharaohs reunified a tattered Egypt and filled its landscape with glorious monuments, creating an empire that stretched from the southern border at present-day Khartoum all the way north to the Mediterranean Sea.”

For as long as I can remember African Americans have been “repatriating” Egypt back into Africa.  The continent of Africa is nothing but black so it stands to reason that Egypt was black, too, they argued.  Some scholars act as if Egypt is barely a part of Africa and using their own outlook, they projected western racism to an ancient world and hypothesized that Egypt had no black kings. 

And both were wrong.

Although Egypt is in Africa it has been a gateway to Europe and the Middle East for the longest time.  For thousands of years people have been using what we now call the Sinai Peninsula to travel into the Middle East and traveling traders in Africa have had interaction with their neighbor.  Humans are mobile and not stationary and as soon as we pulled ourselves out of the primordial sludge we’ve been on the move.  Both sides failed to see Egypt as being a precursor to our current racially blended society.

This still doesn’t take King Tut one step closer to being “blacker” but with stories of other Pharaohs who actually made it to manhood and made an imprint on Egypt society I think we can overlook it.

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Written by rentec

17 February, 2008 at 4:00 am

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  1. I still think that this comment is still another way of downplaying the importance of blacks seeing themselves as a major contributor to humanity yes egypt is the gate way to europe and other areas but there’s still no denying the blackness of its many kings and queens who made a major impact on society every other great civilization eg.rome,greece had monuments attesting greatness why can’t the blackman have something to call his own without drawing criticism and skepticism?

    v johnson

    20 January, 2010 at 1:08 am

  2. YEA.. BUT WITH OUT BLACK.. THERE IS NOTHING, BLACK IS EVERY THING! HAVE U HEARD OF MELANIN LOOK IT UP. YOUR SELF… Melanin Is Every Thing.. Its In The Hol Universe. All Trees Bushes Plants Ect… USE BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE GODS OF THIS LAND.. WE Are the people of the SUN..ARE FATHER, THE ALL POWER ALL ENERGY ALL SEEING UNIVERSE GOD ALL IN ONE CREATED US.. YEEEEEEEEEEEE. THIS IS ARE LAND! WE WILL RUN IT AGAIN REAL SOON.. PEACE LOVE AND HAPPYNESS!

    GODS SON

    9 June, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  3. YALL STOLE ARE LAND.. WE WERE SO NICE WE DID NOT FIGHT FOR IT.. WE GAVE IT TO YALL FOR A MIN! WE SO LIKE ARE FATHER ALL FORGIVEING most merciful. we Was Not Triping.. YALL WOKE THE BEST UP! WE ALL WAKEING UP KNOWING THIS IS ARE LAND.. WE WILL HAVE IT BACK!!!!!!!!! ALLAH IS GREEAAAT! ALL POWER, THE ALL, THE One & ONLY.. ALL THE SAME NAME!!

    GODS SON

    9 June, 2011 at 6:52 pm

  4. Now talk about fear of a black planet!!!!!!! Wow!! Were and r we that powerful. Watchout now.

    frankdog

    1 February, 2012 at 8:40 am

  5. I think that the previous comment missed the importance of the article. It is not a testament to the facts of domination, but rather a historical connotation of facts ennabling our current culture to see further than what is taught in our educational instatutions. It is inncombent upon African American to research roots of our being to undestand the concepts that have shapped the outcomes of our counterparts. I believe it provides a starting point for meaningful conversations that will awaken truth in all people. Thus the understanding is the most important aspecct. Not that will control the world. We know that someone will always control it but the truth is who?

    DocBlue

    28 March, 2013 at 7:24 am


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