Should African Americans Celebrate Black History Month?

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  1. 1. Should African-Americans Celebrate Black History Month? Exposing The Myths by Michael Imhotep 2-4-17 Presented by Michael Imhotep, President of The African History Network, Talk Show Host & Executive Producer of The African History Network Show We focus on Educating, Empowering and Inspiring people of African Descent in America and throughout the Diaspora. Contact Michael Imhotep at (313) 462-0003 or Email Available for lectures and presentations at, Kwanzaa Celebrations, African- American History Month, Schools, Churches, etc.
  2. 2. Listen on the "TuneIn Radio" app on your smartphone and search for "Empowerment Radio Network" or Listen online at and search for Empowerment Radio Network (New Time Slot) Mon. - Fri., 4pm-6pm EST 3
  3. 3. Listen to Michael Imhotep on 910 AM The Superstation on The African History Network Show Sundays, 9pm-11pm EST and Wake Up With Steve Hood Thursdays, 7am-8am EST Listen at 910 AM The Superstation on the radio. Listen online at or Download the 910 AM The Superstation app to your smartphone. 4
  4. 4. This presentation will focus on The History Of Black History Month, etc. 1. Deal with the origin Black History Month 2. Why was Black History Month created 3. How do we make it relevant for today and the future? 4. Dispel myths regarding our history
  5. 5. Who was Imhotep? Pronounced (em-ho-tep) it means he who comes in peace in the Medu Neter language of the Ancient Kemites (Egyptians). High Priest, physician, architect, mathematician, designer of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara for Pharaoh (Nswt Bity) Zoser of the 3rd Dynasty, known as The Worlds 1st Multi-Genius, 3,000 B.C. circa.
  6. 6. This is NOT Imhotep In the 2001 movie The Mummy Returns the villain was named Imhotep, consequently many of our children think that one of our greatest Ancestors was evil and not of African descent. Actor Arnold Vosloo as High Priest Imhotep
  7. 7. Designed by Imhotep The Step Pyramid at Saqqara designed by Imhotep
  8. 8. Expanding your Circumference of Awareness The space inside this Circle represents my realm of knowledge. Everything that I think I know about whatever I think I know is represented within the Circumference of this Circle. I must keep in mind that there are still things to know that exist outside the Circumference of my Own Awareness.
  9. 9. 3 Reasons Why I Do This Presentation You Dont Have To Believe A Word I Say Go Do Your Own Historical Research. 1. To make you think. 2. To provide the information, history, resources, books, websites, articles, video clips, etc. for your to do your own research. 3. Behavior Modification Right knowledge corrects wrong behavior.
  10. 10. What was Richard Pryor trying to tell us? The Richard Pryor Show, NBC 1977, Egypt 1909
  11. 11. Who was here First? Why Havent we been taught Ourstory? Dr. David Imhotep Holds the 1st ever Phd in Ancient African History www.HistoricTruth.Info
  12. 12. The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence Pg. 14 Evidence of an African Presence 51,700 years ago in a campsite in Allendale County, South Carolina discovered by Dr. Albert Goodyear. - Artifacts - Genetic M174 - Skulls - Architecture D Haploid Groups - Skeletons - Campsites - Linguistics - Structures - Carvings - Paintings - Tools - Egyptian Writings - Footprints in Lava 713 Footnotes documenting African people as the Indigenous People of The Americas
  13. 13. Dr. David Imhotep, WKRP Channel 5 15
  14. 14. Were did Columbus go on his 4 Voyages? 1st Voyage August 3rd , 1492 - Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria. Was in the Bahamas (San Salvador, Cuba, Hispaniola) Hispanolo 2nd Voyage Sept. 1493 West Indies and Borinquen (Puerto Rico), Jamaica (1494) 3rd Voyage May 1498 Trinidad and Venezuelan mainland, South America 4th Voyage May 1504 Panama and Honduras (Central America),
  15. 15. The Origin of the Word America Fulcrums of Change by Jan Carew, pages 91-105 Los Amereskkes coming from Amerrique Feb. 3rd , 2016, Prof. Kaba Kamene, The Origin of The Word America, The Michael Imhotep Show, 17 Prof. Kaba Kamene of Hidden Colors
  16. 16. Noah Webster Dictionary 1828 Edition American AMER'ICAN, adjective Pertaining to America. AMER'ICAN, noun A native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper- colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America. The name American must always exalt the pride of patriotism. Washington 18
  17. 17. Why is studying African History important? What you do for yourself, to yourself and what you allow other people to do to you is based upon what you think about yourself. What you think about yourself is based upon what you have been taught about yourself. What you have been taught about everything you have read, seen and heard about yourself. Runoko Rashidi Historian, Author, Lecturer Featured in Hidden Colors 2
  18. 18. What is Power? Power is the ability to define and shape reality and to have other people accept your definition of reality as if it were there own. From the Latin word potere which means to be able. Dr. Wade Nobles Psychologist
  19. 19. How did Racism start? If you dont understand European White Supremacy, what it is and how it works, everything else that you understand will only confuse you. Dr. Neely Fuller Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
  20. 20. Morgan Freeman on 60 Minutes, 2006 Black History Month is? ridiculous When is White History Month? When is Jewish History Month? Youre going to relegate my history to a month? If we want to get rid of Racism we need to stop talking about it.
  21. 21. The Father of Black History Month December 9th , 1875 April 4th , 1950
  22. 22. Dr. Carter. G. Woodson Born to parents who were former slaves in Virginia. Starts High School at the age of 19 years old. He graduates from Berea College in Kentucky in 1903. 1905 - General Superintendent of Education in Manila, Philippines for the U.S. Bureau of Insular Affairs. He taught English, Health & Agriculture. He also travels to Asia, North African and Europe in 1907. He graduates from University of Chicago, 1907, B.A. & 1908 M.A. Teaches High School in Washington D.C. 1909-1919
  23. 23. Dr. Carter. G. Woodson (Contd) Earns a Phd. In History from Harvard University in 1912. 1915 Attends a 3 week Celebration Commemorating the 50Th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation He decides to create an organization to promote the Scientific Study of Black Life and History! Sept. 9th , 1915 He meets 4 friends at a Wabash YMCA to form ASNLH. 1916 The Journal of Negro Life and History is started. 1919-1922 Prof. at Howard University and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Dean of School of Lib. Arts, West Virginia Collegiate Inst.
  24. 24. Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month? Why was Black History Month created? Negro History Week was created in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Co-Founder of The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Later changed to Black History Month in 1976. Why is it celebrated in February?
  25. 25. Dr. Carter. G. Woodson (Contd) 3 1920 Urges African-American Civic organizations to promote our achievements. 1924- Omega Psi Phi starts Negro History & Literature Week (Negro Achievement Week). 1925 Sends out Press Release Announcing Negro History Week in Feb. 1926, 2nd week in Feb. Dr. Woodson believed that history was made by people not primarily by great men. The 1920s Decade of the New Negro. (Post WW I Generation) Negro History Week Also focused on African History
  26. 26. Early Themes from ASNLH 1928 - Civilization: A World Achievement 1933 - Ethiopia Meets Error in Truth 1935 - The Negro Achievements in Africa 1936 - African Background Outlined 1960 - Strengthening America Through Education in Negro History and African Culture 1971 - African Civilization and Culture: A Worthy Historical Background Visit
  27. 27. Myths About Black History Month Why do we have the shortest month of the year? A month is not enough to study our history June is Black Music Month When is White History Month? Visit
  28. 28. Dr. Carter G. Woodson (contd) 1940s Efforts slowly began within the African- American community to expand the study of African-American History in the schools. In West Virginia, African-Americans began to celebrate Negro History Month. 1960s African-American students on college campuses learn about our history and links to Africa and replaced Negro History Week with Black History Month.
  29. 29. What is Culture Traditions, spiritual systems, art, music, dance, folklore, mythology, cosmology, language, educational system, etc. Culture acts a an Immune System which keeps foreign elements from coming in and attacking you.
  30. 30. Thoughts from Dr. Woodson In a Journal of Negro History Article, Woodson called prejudice the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind He predicted the achievements of the Negro properly set forth will crown him as a factor in early human progress and a maker of modern civilization.
  31. 31. When you control a mans thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You dont not have to tell him not to stand here or Go yonder. He will find his proper place and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary. - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, 1933 The Mis-Education Of The Negro
  32. 32. Groundbreaking Research The Journal of Negro History covered a wide range of topics and let to a shift from the Masters perspective of history to that of the Slaves perspective. Woodson and other Journal contributors used census data, birth & death certificates, marriage registers, letters, diaries, and oral histories to investigate our history. These methods have only recently been widely adopted by historians.
  33. 33. The Mis-Education Of The Negro History shows that it does not matter who is in powerthose who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, 1933
  34. 34. Other Monthly Cultural Celebrations Jewish American History Month - May National Hispanic History Month Sept. 15th - Oct.15th Irish American History Month March Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May Haitian Heritage Month - May Native American History Month Nov. Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15th Oct. 15th German American/Polish American Heritage Month October Compiled by Michael Imhotep Source
  35. 35. The Pyramid Principle Tools to help in our Analysis - Foundation Dr. Leonard Jeffries Systems Analysis vs. Paralysis of Analysis
  36. 36. What is Culture? Traditions, spiritual systems, art, music, dance, folklore, mythology, cosmology, language, educational system, etc. Culture acts a an Immune System which keeps foreign elements from coming in and attacking you. Culture is the glue or cohesiveness that binds a people together and tells them the only way they will survive is through self reliance.
  37. 37. Were Slaves Really Unskilled? Crafts, Artisans, Skills Slaves had prior to 1865 The Other Slaves: Mechanics, Artisans & Craftsmen 1978, James Newton, Ronald Lewis 1. Anchor makers 2. Artists 3. Bakers 4. Barrel makers 5. Bartenders 6. Basket makers 7. Beer makers 8. Blacksmiths 9. Bricklayers 10. Brick makers 11. Cabinet makers 12. Cigar makers 13. Cooks 14. Coppersmiths 15. Decorative Furnishers 16. Fishermen 17. Engineers 18. Gardeners 19. Hemp Baggers 20. Herb Doctors 21. Horse Trainers 22. Hunters 23. Locksmiths
  38. 38. Remember, what you do for yourself is based upon what you think about yourself! In the schools of business administration Negroes are trained excessively in the psychology and economics of Wall Street and are, therefore, made to despise the opportunities to run ice wagons, push banana carts, and sell peanuts among their own people. Foreigners, who have not studied economics, but have studied Negroes, take up this business and grow rich. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, The Miseducation of The Negro, 1933
  39. 39. Paradigm Shift Is Black History part of American History or is American History part of African History?
  40. 40. We Are At War!! Everyone knows this except us!! African people have been at War since at least 1492 and have been at war with European forces for over 500 years. The WAR NEVER ENDED. It just changed its form. The 13th Amendment continued the WAR In 1982 The WAR ON DRUGS escalated the WAR Against African People
  41. 41. How did Racism start? The term race 1st started being used in the 16th century. Source: PowerNomics by Dr. Claud Anderson, pg. 6-7 The concept of race evolved over a 300 year period of time from the 16th 18th century. Its a power structure. Its not hating or not liking someone. It occurs when 1 race controls the majority of the wealth, power and resources and uses it to harm others.
  42. 42. Racism is a system that distributes the advantages and privileges based upon Race. Racism is a Power Structure coming out of European White Supremacy. What is Racism?
  43. 43. How did Racism start? The cornerstone of racism was laid in America in 1638 in the colony of Maryland with The Doctrine of Exclusion. Racism, Prejudice. Discrimination and Bigotry are 4 different things.
  44. 44. All history is a current event. Everything that has ever happened continues to happen in some shape, form or fashion. Dr. John Henrik Clarke Grandmaster Scholar Warrior
  45. 45. What Freed The Slaves? Was it The Emancipation Proclamation or the 13th Amendment that Freed the Slaves? What has re-enslaved African-Americans
  46. 46. What Freed The Slaves? The 13th Amendment Dec. 6th , 1865 Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary Servitude, except as a punishment for crime Whereof the party shall have been duly Convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their Jurisdiction.
  47. 47. Was John Hanson the African- American or Moor the 1st President?
  48. 48. John Hanson, Fact or Fiction Delegate to the Continental Congress from 1780-1782. He serves a Continental Congress President from 1781-1782. He dies in 1783 Some mistakenly also say that he was a Sen. to Liberia. Was John Hanson on the $2 Bill?
  49. 49. John Hanson, Fact or Fiction When were cameras invented? The picture is a Daguerreotype from ca. 1856
  50. 50. Sen. John Hanson
  51. 51. Whos on the $2 Bill
  52. 52. Is this John Hanson or Prince Hall or another person of African Descent?
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