Father of African Studies

54kingdoms and Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan

Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan (popular known as Dr. Ben) joined the ancestors on March 19, 2015. He was a sage and profound Egyptologist scholar, who dedicated his life to uncovering the suppressed history of African people, challenging narratives that had written Africa out of world history. In the 1960s, Dr. Ben emerged as prominent figure in Harlem, pushing his anticolonial message to its limit, arguing that the very foundations of Western civilization, including Greek philosophy, Judaism and Christianity, were African in origin. He regularly lectured to crowded auditoriums; he was a disciple of Marcus Garvey and a confidant of Malcolm X, and he appeared on stages with Amiri Baraka, Al Sharpton, James Brown and Louis Farrakhan. For more than five decades, Dr. Ben has led what has now become a mass effort to emphasize African contributions to the world. African Origins of the Major “Western Religions”: first published in 1970, continues to be one of Dr. Ben's most thought-provoking works. By highlighting the African influences and roots of these religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), Dr. Ben reveals an untold history that many would prefer to forget. An author of many significant books, which can be purchased on Amazon.

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