Don’t expect to find a single title here. There’s a lot of info for me to gather. Right now, I’m reading:
- Slavery and the Churches in Early America — 1619 to 1819 (Lester B. Scherer): Copyrighted in 1975, it was on my shelf for quite a while. In keeping with the standard genealogy research method of working backwards from the most recent to the most historic data, I’m reading this book in reverse order. I had started to read it from the beginning; but I just wasn’t feeling it. Then when I just happened to look at the TOC page, it occurred to me to take the genealogical approach. From a genealogical standpoint, it seems more relevant when I try to imagine my ancestors who lived during the time that I’ll be reading about. I’m considering creating a timeline based on the major contents of the chapters. I’m also paying close attention to the bibliographic notes at the ends of the chapters. So far, I haven’t come across any known titles by Black authors. I’m hoping to find some representation of African American research. But it’s really not surprising that I haven’t. Just goes to prove that age-old saying that, “Sunday morning at 11:00 is the most segregated hour in America.”
- Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C. To 2000 A.D. (Chancellor Williams): This is more of a cover-to-cover read for my purposes. My eyes are being opened; and my consciousness sharpened.
Following are seven questions upon which Dr. Williams based his research. I’ve also found that I get more out studying and research when I read with the intent of finding answers to specific questions. I’m hopeful that this volume will provide some insight into my primary reason for this study. My list of questions is not as long as Dr. Williams’; but, in a nutshell, it centers around my ancestors’ spirituality and the forcing of the European belief system upon them. Dr. Williams’ thought-provoking questions are as follows:
- How did all-black Egypt become all-white Egypt? (Note at this point that mulattoes were classified as white in Egypt, all North Africa, and the Middle East — a fact that still confuses Blacks in the United States where the very opposite policy was adopted.)
- What were some of the specific details in the process that so completely blotted out the achievements of the African race from the annals of history — just how could this be done on such a universal scale?
- How and under what circumnstances did Africans, among the very first people to invent writing, lose this art almost completely?
- Is there a single African race, one African people?
- If we are one race or one people, how do you explain the numerous languages, cultural varieties and tribal groupings?
- Since, as it seemed to me there is far more disunity, self-hatred and mutual antagonisms among Blacks than any other people, is there a historical explanation for this?
- And how, in puzzling contrast, is the undying love of Blacks for their Europeans and Asian conquerors and enslavers explained?