Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop was one of the most able scholars to write about Africa, and also one of the greatest Black historians. The publication of his first book in the United States, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth of Reality, is a cause for celebration. Professor of Egyptology, University of Dakar, Senegal, 1961-86; founder and director, Radiocarbon Laboratory (first carbon-14 dating laboratory in Africa), Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, University of Dakar; member of International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 1971-86; writer. Founder of two political parties in Senegal, Bloc des Masses Sénégalaises, 1961, and Front National Sénégalais, 1964; both parties subsequently outlawed by the ruling government. Dr. Diop died on February 7, 1986 in Dakar, Senegal.
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