When I was in college, I came across the writings of Dr Ivan Van Sertima in a history course & my foundation shook! Up to that point, I knew very little about African history and the little that I did know proved to be false for the most part. Dr. Van Sertima’s trailblazing scholarship led many of us to continue our pursuits toward the rediscovery of African history that was virtually ignored, distorted, or perhaps purposely omitted by historians. It’s funny how slowly these facts trickled into mainstream consciousness over the years. What folks like Dr. Ben-Jochannan, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr Asa Hilliard, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr.Chancellor Williams & a host of others were bringing to light back in the day – which was forcefully rejected by mainstream historians – slowly became accepted as modern scientific techniques made their claims incontrovertible fact (see National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC, LiveScience). It is indeed tragic that many people of African descent can only trace back to slavery as the starting point of their history without being aware of the cultural and scientific achievements of Africa that were eclipsed by it (slavery). European conquest pretty much did the same thing the world over, but people are awakening as the truth can never be submerged forever…..