YOUNG VOICES: Learn about African contribution to world's knowledge

2013-08-12T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Learn about African contribution to world's knowledgeBy Kevin Surney
August 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The current state of the young black community has gained my attention; therefore, I feel obligated to enlighten them about the early African civilizations and their importance in the development of western civilization.

The great kingdoms of Africa were the most influential regarding their contributions to western civilization. They maintained a high level of wisdom in the fields of science, mathematics, geography, architecture, medicine, writing, agriculture and overall scholarship.

The very essence of their existence rivals that of ancient Greeks and Romans, who were deemed the founders of western civilization. All knowledge they possessed came from one of the early African civilizations, which was a dominant leader with influential stature in its possession of knowledge.

The African background plays a key role in the development of western civilization, although the Africans don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

I found it rather interesting that the early African civilizations were the ones that taught other nations how to read and write. The Africans held quite a few scripts and possessed the knowledge to teach and mold different cultures into scholars.

Why were the Africans denied for their accomplishments or achievements in various fields of study? I believe the people who decided to discredit the Africans have personal prejudices toward people of darker skin.

In some ways, they might even be jealous that the Africans were the great scholars; the great constructors of beautiful architecture; the great thinkers who enhanced the fields of science and mathematics; the great agricultural practices that the Africans possessed, and decided to block out the history of the early African civilizations.

The ancient Ethiopian obelisk of Aksum is a landmark for our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. If they choose to discredit the early African civilizations, then why is this ancient Ethiopian obelisk a centerpiece and affiliated with our nation’s capital? The obelisk is shown and highlighted in many full-length feature films as a symbol affiliated with American patriotism.

The knowledge I’ve received about the early African civilizations broadens my search for the truth of the African background and their contributions to western civilization.

Learn about who you are, not what they want you to be. It’s time to use that tool between your two shoulders.

Kevin Surney of Merrillville is a junior at Indiana University Northwest. The opinions are the writer's.

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