The World’s Best-Kept Secret 

 

By Anthony T. Browder  

 

"In the past I have frequently stated that “the history of African Americans is the best-kept secret on the planet.” Over the years, as a result of studies and travels, I have expanded that statement and can now say with certainty that “the history of Africans worldwide, is the world’s best-kept secret.” A secret is described as “something known only to a certain person or persons and purposely kept from the knowledge of others.” Most people of African descent know little or nothing of their recent history, let alone their ancestral history, which includes major accomplishments in every endeavour known to man.

 

I have met math teachers who know nothing about the African contributions to math; ministers who could not properly place African people in the Bible; physicians who had never heard of Imhotep; and students from Southern Africa who knew nothing about Nile Valley history. One factor that all of these people had in common was that they had been educated by the very people who had written them out of their own history.

 

Carter G. Woodson, in one of his most significant works, The Mis-education of the Negro, reminded his audience:

 

‘Philosophers have long conceded....that every man has two educations: ‘that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.’

 

We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with information. How that information is presented to us, its accuracy and how it is perceived, determines our perception of reality. Learning to develop critical thinking skills is the first lesson one must master in pursuit of the “other education” that Dr. Woodson referenced. Critical thinking skills allow people to become aware of hierarchal levels of thought, which gives them the capacity to assume greater control over their lives. The three essential levels of cognitive thought are:

 

The Literal: where one learns to accept all information at face value and never looks beneath the surface for additional details.

 

The Inferential: where one learns to infer or “read between the lines,” and sees the hidden or dual meaning in information that is presented.

 

The Evaluative: where one learns to make an intelligent decision based upon the comparison of various sources of information, particularly those drawn from one’s own personal experiences.

 

The objective of critical thinking is to learn how not to take all information literally, to read between the lines for deeper understanding and then evaluate that information by comparing it with other sources of knowledge. This process expands one’s mind and opens up new vistas for learning. It is the means by which one may be resurrected from mental death and experience a profound rebirth of consciousness."

 

 

 

Browder, T. Anthony, NILE VALLEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVILIZATION. The Institute of Karmic  Guidance, Washington D.C., P. 221-222.

 

 

 

ARF EDITORIAL COMMENTS:  As and when the truth about black contributions to history is unveiled Afrikans themselves will find it difficult to accept it. Because it has been hidden from them for so long and their parents, teachers, preachers and professors do not know it and cannot even accept the truth. Now the point here is the youth whose minds are not yet blocked by the veils of white supremacy must be exposed to these new revelations and that is the only way that the new Afrikan mind can be reformed.

 

 

THE FERVENT OBJECTIVE OF THE ARF IS TO ACCESS, REVIEW AND RE-PACKAGE OUR TRUE HISTORY IN APPROPRIATE FORMATS AT ALL LEVELS OF THE EDUCTIONAL SYSTEMS TO FORM THE BACKDROP OF OUR CULTURAL EDUCATION FOR OUR SUCCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY AFRIKAN RENAISSANCE. THIS  MUST BE ROOTED IN A SERIOUS AND PROFOUND APPRAISSAL OF OUR ANCIENT PAST. (SEE SHAKARI ON EDUCATION).

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