This highly technical and scholarly book is fast becoming a classic in the study of ancient African history.
The book is actually an English translation of large parts of two of Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop's works in French: Nations Negres et Culture and Anteriorite des Civilizations Negres.
The late Mercer Cook (French Professor Emeritus, Howard University) did a marvelous job translating the complex historical facts, themes and ideas of one of the world?s greatest scholars.
Diop boldly states his position in the Preface( p.XIV) : "1. Ancient Egypt was a Negro Civilization. The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until historians dare connect it with the history of Egypt".The ancient Egyptians were Negroes. The moral fruit of their civilization is to be counted among the assets of the Black world, the Black world is the very initiator of the 'western' civilization flaunted before our eyes today. Pythagorean mathematics, the theory of the four elements of Thales of Miletus, Epicurean materialism, Platonic idealism, Judaism Islam, and modern science are rooted in Egyptian cosmology and science. One needs only to meditate on Osiris , the redeemer-god who sacrifices himself, dies, and is resurrected to save mankind, a figure essentially identifiable with Christ. A visitor to Thebes in the Valley of the Kings can view the Moslem inferno in detail (in the tomb of Seti I, of the Nineteenth Dynasty), 1700 years before the Koran. Osiris at the tribunal of the dead is indeed the 'lord' of the revealed religions, sitting enthroned on Judgment Day, and we know that certain Biblical passages are practically copies of Egyptian moral texts. "