The Afrakaltural Symposium

Library of Suggested Works

A sampling of quintessential works by some of Afraka's foremost continental and diasporac intellectuals, historians and creative visionaries. Sound proof that solutions are extant and ready to be implemented.

The historical research presented in this volume contests so-called standard approaches to the ongoing saga that is Afrakan history, dating from ancient civilizations to contemporary resurgent nations and the cultures they produce.

Edited and translated by Mercer Cook.Laymen and scholars alike will welcome the publication of this one-volume translation of the major sections of C. A. Diop's two books, Nations negres et culture and Anteriorite des civilizations negres, which have profoundly influenced thinking about Africa around the world. It was largely because of these works that, at the World Festival of the Arts held in Dakar in 1966, Dr. Diop shared with the late W. E. B. DuBois an award as the writer who had exerted the greatest influence on Negro thought in the 20th century.

Presents a history of Ancient Egypt, and the latest archeological evidences showing civilization and culture originating in this ancient African country. Evidence is shown that Ancient Egyptian Priests and Priestesses migrated to Greece, India, China and other countries to carry on the traditions of the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries. This highlights the underlying kinship of Afrakanity, through common symbols, motifs and philosophies which are not disparate and confusing teachings but which in reality are expressions of the same study of truth.

In lecture/essay format, Dr. Ben identifies and corrects myths about the inferiority and primitiveness of the indigenous African peoples and their descendants.

An important work which creates an independant African centered conception of Africa which restores its people to their rightful place as participants and creators in the historical process, not as mere spectators. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa should make it easy for any sensitive reader to understand the fact that culture is neither a mere cosmetic in human life nor is it a dead remnant of some ancient past. Culture serves an indispensible social and political function as a living and growing manifestation of a people's creativities. No people can be liberated who are cultural neuters.
(-Larry Williams, "Great African Thinkers")

This book places into perspective the role of the African in world civilization, in particular contributions to the advancement of Europe. A major essay on the evolution of the Caucasoid discusses recent scientific discoveries of the African parenthood of humans and the shift towards albinism (loss of pigmentation) by the Grimaldi African during an ice age (the Wurm Interstadial) in Europe. The debt owed to Africans for certain inventions usually credited to the European Renaissance is discussed, as well as the much earlier African influence on Greek science and philosophy.

The African migration into Asia dates back over 100,000 years. The Africans built civilizations in what is now called Pakistan and India. In China from 1500 to 1000 BC. the Africans had civilizations and were referred to as the Shi Dynasty by Chinese anthropologist. In Iraq and Iran the Africans known as the Zanj resisted captivity and enslavement. Discover the African influence in Kuwait and Yemen and throughout southern Arabia.

This volume presents what is presently known about the links between Africa and America before the age of Columbus. It makes a convincing case for pre-Columbian contacts between Africa and America before the era of the slave trade. The contributors draw upon the evidence of cultures in private collections and findings from excavations, and evidence of ancient African mathematics, astronomy, map-making, scripts, navigations, trade routes, pyramidal structures, linguistic connections, and technological and ritual complexes.

A widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent—and the people of African descent in the United States and in the diaspora—this well researched analysis details the development of civilization in Africa.

Attempts to piece together the tapestry of Afrakan culture that was deliberately unraveled by the Europeans. As a result of their destroying the black threads of world cuture they have caused Afrakan people to lose sight of their role in the cultivation of civilization, spirituality and science. "History must restore what being in captivity took away." Arthur Shomberg

This is a pioneering, long-lost, work of Afrocentric history. Africa had several advanced civilizations in antiquity which flourished at the same time as the better known European and Asian ones. However, at the time that Houston wrote, history was viewed through a Eurocentric perspective and any mention of advanced African cultures was considered on a par with Atlantis. Houston believed the Cushite civilization to be the motherland of humanity.

W. E. B. Du Bois' seminal statement on the vital role that Africa and African people have played in world history. DuBois' detailed observations provide invaluable insight into how Africa and her resources - mineral, human, land - have determined the course of the modern world especially the ways and means through which European economies have been bolstered at the expense of African people.

"...Tony Browder's book Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization, is about correcting some of the misconconcptions so the reader, in fact, can be introduced to a Nle Valley Civilization in order to understand its role as the parent of future civilizations. In his book... Browder has associated himself with some top-level academic company. He is both a teacher and a learner. In both cases he has done well." - Dr. John Henrik Clarke

A collection of essays and poetic commentary that focus on African self-determination and empowerment. Presents a wholistic plan for attaining liberation. Madhubuti focuses on Africans defining, controlling, and taking responsibility for their own reality.

An explosive collection of essays that call for African consciousness and revolutionary action. The author examines Black nationalism, white minority rule, Pan-Africanism, the necessity for African institutions and the role of the creative artist in African struggle.

Written by PanAfricanist leader Kwame Nkrumah,this book outlines the necessity for the total liberation and unification of Africa. In the words of the author, "To suggest that the time is not yet ripe for considering a political union of Africa is to evade facts and ignore realities in Africa today. Here is a challenge which destiny has thrown to the leaders of Africa."

Africans at the Crossroads is a collection of essays that have been broadly amassed in five thematic sections. Dr. Clarke outlines with his uniquely lucid dissertation the roots of the African and African-American freedom struggle in the African world.

Discussed in this cross-disciplinary work is the theory of "Afrocentricity," which mandates that Africans be viewed as subjects rather than objects and is driven by the question Is it in the best interest of African people? This book looks at how this philosophy, ethos, and worldview gives Africans a better understanding of how to interpret issues affecting their communities.

Asante's book Kemet, Afrocentricity, and Knowledge continues his project of forging a new discipline out of the many strands of African studies. Like his previous works, this is a profound statement of the Afrocentric perspective.

The guide to African Revolution in the twenty-first century. It contains the visionary Political Report to the Fifth Congress of the African People's Socialist Party, as well as solidarity statements and Party-to-Party salutes from around the world. It provides brilliant leadership on the critical issues facing Africans today.

The Sankofa Movement is arguably the single best written book on understanding of Afrakan people and their culture. This profound statement of confidence in the capacity of traditional Afrakan culture to provide the basis and framework for full Afrakan development as it has for thousands years of Afrakanity's temporal existence.

This book is an ambitious, extensive and detailed analysis of the roles played by African women in seven revolutionary movements in post World War 11 Africa. The revolutionary movements covered in this book occurred in: Algeria, Kenya, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The book describes and analyzes the nature and impact of women s participation in these revolutionary movements.

Testifying that the foundation of modern Western thought, theory, and practice can be traced back to ancient African thought, theory, and practice, this book exposes the African influence on Greek and Roman thought and its influence on the development of modern Western society. It then establishes the urgency to defend and honor the role of Ancient African civilizations on this major event.

Details a master plan necessary for African survival in the 21st century. Potentially strong African institutions such as the church, media and think tanks; industry; collectives such as investment clubs and credit unions; rotating credit associations are analyzed. Pan-Afrikanism, Black Nationalism, ethnocentrism and reparation are assessed. The often misused and underused financial institutions and their securities, mutual funds, stocks, bonds and underwriting are evaluated for African economic empowerment.

Introduction to Black Studies is a unique and highly acclaimed introduction to the discipline of Black/Africana Studies, providing students with an essential intellectual basis for a critical understanding and discussion of the history, scope and fundamental concepts, areas and issues which ground and define the discipline.

A comprehensive critique of European thought and culture. Examines the influence of European culture on the formation of modern institutional frameworks, through colonialism and imperialism, from an African perspective. Described by the author as an "intentionally aggressive polemic", this book derives its title from a Dogon legend of an incomplete and destructive being rejected by its creator.

Kobi Kazembe Kalongi Kambon demonstrates a profound understanding of the pyschological profile of the Afrakan in America. Providing lucid insight on issues that have befudled so-called black social scientist for years, Kambon defines what is a mentaly healthy Afrakan in American and the course afrakan centered pyschology should pursue.

Since its publication in 1984, The Psychopathic Racial Personality has proved to be a revolutionary, groundbreaking work on race relations. In these essays, psychologist Dr. Bobby Wright coins the term "mentacide" which he defines as the "deliberate and systematic destruction of a group’s minds with the ultimate objective being the extirpation of the group."

Gives a wide range of the cultural supremacy neuroses in American through the collection of 25 essays.Unlike her predecessors, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, a brilliant, Washington, D.C. psychiatrist has rejected conventional notions about the origin and perpetuation of racism. Dr. Welsing's theories, lectures and scientific papers have provoked controversy for over twenty years.

Oba T’Shaka identifies the fundamental principle of of appositional unity (male-female) complimentarity. This is the basis of Afrikan ideology. From this he constructs a paradigm for the reconstruction and spiritual rebirth of Afrikan world civilization. In so doing he seems to be saying that the purpose of Yurugu – “the incomplete being who lacks the female twin soul” is to demonstrate for us the need for balance and wholeness in Afrikan collective thought and behavior.

The oracles of Ancient African Civilizations aimed to guide individuals and nations in all areas of life. Through them it was possible to discover the spiritual cause and meaning to earthly events. These great oracles prescribed the words of power and other occult forces that can be manipulated by the initiate in order to control the events of his life.

The evolution of Mami Wata in establishing, shaping and expanding the spiritual and sacerdotal foundation of world religion, reveals also the lost but glorious past of African women's spirituality. Hailed as the new "bible" on the history of African women, this comprehensive well-researched body of work will benefit academics, students, and all who are seeking to fill the missing void in world religious and cultural history.

Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in ancient African temple teachings, Queen Afua teaches how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the relationships we share; the services we offer; and the transcendent spirit women manifest. Queen Afua guides women to accept their mission and mantle as Sacred Women–to heal themselves, the generations of women in their families, their communities, and the world.

Queen Afua is an initiate of the shrine of Ptah and Chief Priestess of Purification in the temple of Neb-Het, an ancient Afrakan Order. She is also a Khamitic (Egyptian) priestess, yoga teacher, herbalist, holistic health specialist, natural healer, and lay midwife. She is founder and spiritual guide of Global Sacred Woman Village and co director with her husband, Sen/ur Semahj, of the Smai Tawi Heal Thyself/Know Thyself Afrakan Wellnes and Kultural Center. A quintessesntial book for self-healing.

This all-natural resource shows you how to heal yourself of common diseases and discusses the historical and cultural differences inherent between Africans and Eurupeans. This book can truly change your life for the better. Endorsed by many health practitioners including Ralph Richardson, M.D., Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., Carole Barnes M.D., Jewel Pookram, M.D., J. Sneddon, Queen Afua, Melanie Stevenson, N.D., and Dick Gregory.

In this introductory volume, Baba Ifa Karade provides an easily understandable overview of the Yoruba religion. He describes 16 orisha and shows us how to work with divination, to use the chakras to internalize the teachings of Yoruba, and describes how to create a sacred place of worship. Includes prayers, dances, songs, offerings, and sacrifices to honor the orisha and egun.

This unique volume provides an overview of the African queens, madonnas, and goddesses who dominated the history and imagination of ancient times. The book is divided into three parts: Ethiopia and Egyptian Queens and Goddesses; Black Women in Ancient Art; and Conquerors and Courtesans. This second edition contains two new chapters, one on Hypatia and women's rights in ancient Egypt, and the other on the diffusion into Europe of Isis, the African goddess of Nile Valley civilizations.

In Black Holocaust you see a logical and gripping account of how African people are the victims of a genocide that began with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. This was the beginning of a system of European cultural supremacy that haunts us today. Jones' account is easily readable for non-academics, also, he does a service by naming such tyrants as King Leopold. (review courtesy Jon Gray)

The only thoroughly documented "Amazons" in world history are the women warriors from the West African nation of Dahomey, during the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century. Originally palace guards, these "Amazons" had evolved by the 1760s into professional troops armed with muskets, machetes and clubs. By the 1840s their numbers had grown to 6,000. These "Amazons" served under female officers and had their own bands, flags and insignia; became frontline troops and fought tenaciously and with great valor.

Written by Kwanzaa creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture provides an understanding of the purpose of Kwanzaa and its historic origins to millions of Africans who celebrate it throughout the world African community. A beautifully illustrated text with over 45 color photos, rare archival photographs from the first Kwanzaa celebration, suggestions for family and community activities, African wisdom teachings and proverbs, answers to frequently asked questions on Kwanzaa through an exclusive interview with Dr. Karenga, and a Swahili-English pronunciation guide.

Two Thousand Seasons is a fictionalized account of the attack on Africa that has taken place over the last 1,000 years. Using the collective voice of a particular group, it traces the overall development of African history as it has unfolded for countless millions of our people. It tells a story built upon the progressive theories of African revolutionaries such as Nkrumah, Garvey and Diop. (review coutesy Osei Alkebulan)

The Healers tells a story of conflict and regeneration focused on replacing toxic ignorance with the healing knowledge of African unity.

The year is 1797, and the African kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors. The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements. But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun. From the east comes a new religion, Islam, and from the West, the European slave trade. Based on actual events, Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history.

This sequel to Segu concerns the 19th-century tribal wars, Islamic conquest and French occupation of the African kingdom, focusing on characters with kinship bonds to the Traore family.

Dan Freeman is the CIA's first Black agent. He follows orders, he is inoffensive and nonthreatening. He does his job well, too well. He listens, he learns and he plans. Dan Freeman takes his espionage knowledge and uses it to train and lead a Black guerrilla operation in Chicago, Illinois. They spread to multiple cities and engage a guerrilla war against the USA government for the liberation of Black people.

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex or design. He fears no one until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss...and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one until she meets Doro. From the forests of Africa to the European colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine.

Parable of the Sower is a hopeful tale set in a dystopian future United States of walled cities, disease, fires, and madness. Lauren Olamina is an 18-year-old woman with hyperempathy syndrome--if she sees another in pain, she feels their pain as acutely as if it were real. When her relatively safe neighborhood enclave is inevitably destroyed, along with her family and dreams for the future, Lauren grabs a backpack full of supplies and begins a journey north. Along the way, she recruits fellow refugees to her embryonic faith, Earthseed, the prime tenet of which is that "God is change."

The king, Ausar, has been killed by his evil brother Set, and with his death, God's greadest revelation for the salvation of mankind has been lost. Relive the dramatic and magical efforts of his wife Auset, and the heroic adventures of his son, Heru as they battle Set to reclaim the kingdom, and to restore the world saving spiritual teachings os Ausar.

Shades Of Memnon is an exciting, inspiring, award winning series of adventure novels written in the epic style of classics like "The Lord Of The Rings." But this series revives the contributions of Africans to world history and ancient legends.

Deep in the heart of Africa is Wakanda, a technologically advanced civilization of great power and mystery. During the last ten centuries, as European colonial powers attempted to spread throughout the continent, Wakanda has stood as an unconquerable nation inhabited by undefeatable warriors. Governing this nation is a lineage of warrior-kings and queens, known as the Black Panthers. Despite the multiple defeats of the past, outsiders are once more assembling to invade Wakanda. It is once again time for the Black Panther to prepare for war.

Their fantastic adventures in the interdimensional superhighway complete, the Wakandan Royal couple at last return to Wakanda. With serious strife tearing apart their court and one of the Panther's greatest foes waiting to strike, is it too late for the Black panther to secure his nation? Plus: It's 2057, and the prediction that Wakanda will become the imperial power steering the course for humanity's future has come true. As T'Challa prepares the next Black Panther for the great responsibility ahead, he must first reflect on the road traveled - a long and winding journey filled with surprises.

After attending a secretive meeting, T’Challa — the Black Panther, king of Wakanda — returns home with severe injuries and falls comatose. With no leads on who attacked her husband or why, Queen Ororo is thrust into a position of leadership. While Ororo is tasked with ruling Wakanda, another responsibility of dire importance awaits her. In the event that T’Challa doesn’t emerge from his coma, Storm must choose her husband’s successor. This brave soul must undertake the sacred ritual to become the new Black Panther, and this person is none other than Tchalla's sister...Shuri.

Imaro is falsely accused at the conclusion of his manhood rite and exiled from his tribe. He wanders the beautiful landscape of Nyumbani encountering the challenges heroes often do. Saunders' novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre-colonial, alternate Africa. The tribal tensions presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and conflicts and provides a unique perspective on recent conflicts in Africa, particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sudan.

In Saunders's exciting sequel to Imaro (2006), the fearless black warrior Imaro and his faithful pygmy sidekick, Pomphis, set out for the city of Cush, where they hope to rescue his beautiful lover, Tanisha, who's been kidnapped (but not ravished) by the evil Bomunu. Along the way, Imaro and Pomphis must overcome fierce storms and treacherous sorcerers with weird bodies, among other obstacles. Once the pair reach Cush, Tanisha has some wonderful news for Imaro.

Both of Mufaro's daughters are beautiful but one is bad tempered and one is kind. When the king of the land asks the daughters to appear before him so he can choose a queen, the prideful, bad tempered daughter decides to set out in the night so she can get there first. Along the path are many opportunities to show one's true character. The kind daughter who follows the same path the next day makes different decisions - with different results and a surprising ending!

The epic, love story between Storm and the Black Panther - told, by New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey. A teenage Ororo orphaned , living by her wits on the verdent plains of Africa as she struggles to harness her slowly developing mutant powers. Tchalla a young, warrior Prince, embarking on his rite of passage, preparing for the great responsibility he is to inherent. Pursued by a crew of ruthless mercenaries Storm and the Black Panther find love on the battlefield.

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