Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams

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Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500BC to 2000AD by Williams, Chancellor

This is a widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent, the people of African descent in the United States and in the diaspora. This is well researched scholarly work detailing the development of civilisation in Africa and its destruction.

The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams 16 years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be “a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most liberal white authors and their Negro disciples: “You belong to a race of nobodies. You have no worthwhile history to point to with pride.”

The book was written at a time when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new body of historical research.

The book is premised on the question: If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them, since then, at the bottom of world society? Precisely, what happened?

The Caucasian answer is simple and well known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom.” Williams, instead, contends that many elements – nature, imperialism, and stolen legacies – have aided in the destruction of the black civilization.

The Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to the Africans themselves. The book, thus, offers “a history of blacks that is a history of blacks”.

“Because, only from history can we learn what our strengths were and, especially, in what particular aspect we are weak and vulnerable. Our history can then become at once the foundation and guiding light for united efforts

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5 reviews for Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams

  1. marvin francis

    The absolute truth.

  2. Juliana

    This is a very powerful book, I am Caucasian and I am so grateful I came across Chancellor Williams. What a man and teacher. What a force of thought and knowledge, this is a must read for every black person, a must read for whites as well, for the African history they taught us is plain wrong and unforgivably biased.

  3. Alberta Viala

    Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of African people and diaspora

    Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of African people and diaspora. It takes you from the earliest of African civilisations up to the 20th century. I read this book whilst studying on a black history course and it greatly enhanced my knowledge and understanding of how things happened the way they did and the importance of the African narrative when it comes to our own history.

    I believe it’s important to understand the past, in order to understand the present and this book did just that and much more. There is much more to learn beyond this book and I would also recommend Black Labor, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice
    which details the economic conditions of black people (although from an African American perspective, but still relevant) which continue to plague the community today.

    The challenge now is how we use this information to empower ourselves and move forward as a people. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a starting point on Black History.

  4. Ianik

    I think this is the first time I’ve written a review in a while. I just had to for this book. Read this book to have a concrete understanding of black history. I’ve recommended it to anyone I know seeking additional knowledge of black history. Once you learn that you was once a king, you’ll stop at nothing to gain that position again.

  5. A ROBINSON

    Very thought provoking and addresses the significant gap in what happened to Black people around the world and why.

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