Revisiting Kemet and guiding Obama
Alton H.Maddox | 4/12/2011, 4:37 p.m.
Many Blacks will be attending the presidential inauguration on January 20 like most Black students matriculated to Howard University, hopefully, only in the early 1960s.These students had a Eurocentric vision of the world and were searching for fun. Of course, there were exceptions. On the other hand, the African-centered students stood out like sore thumbs. In addition to Dr. Martin L. King Jr., Dr. John Henrik Clarke should be posthumously honored on January 20. Dr. Yosef Ben-Yochannan should also be honored. The same honor could be given to the late Dr. Chancellor Williams and Dr. Nathan Wright of Howard University. All of the professors opened some of our eyes to the Nile Valley presence in the United States.
Brown v.Board of Education is closing our eyes once again. In New York City, for example, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has seized control of the public school system and has disenfranchised Black parents. Rev. Al Sharpton joined Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to maintain the status quo. Currently, an African-centered education is outlawed in New York City. Compare the Sankofa International Academy in Brooklyn.
Dr. Leonard Jeffries and Anthony Browder should have their hands full in the nation's capital this year. They are both well-versed Egyptologists. Blacks who intend to attend the presidential inauguration should have already enlisted their expertise.
Unless Blacks have an understanding of "Kemet on the Potomac," touring Washington, D.C., on January 20 will be like "the blind leading the blind." Most of the symbols and architecture have Kemetic origins. Benjamin Banneker is the city's master planner. It is insight and not eyesight that distinguishes the sightless from the sighted.
I hope that President-elect Barack Hussein Obama is not suffering from the same educational maladies that had beset Drs. Carter G. Woodson and W. E. B. DuBois. These men distinguished themselves later in their lives. Their takeoffs were bumpy.
Woodson, the "Father of Negro History Week," admitted that it took 30 years to get Harvard out of his system. He would write "The Miseducation of the Negro." DuBois sought a commission for "wearing a wire" under Joel Spingarn for the intelligence branch of the U.S. Army.
Enslaved Africans not only completed the building of the White House in 1809--the White House was rebuilt in 1815 after the British torched it in 1814.Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will swear Obama in on stones of the Capitol steps laid by his revered African ancestors. Hopefully, Obama will see the "big picture." Otherwise, the fate of a people who refuse to organize will be sealed. January 20 will be a rite of passage for Obama. In placing his hand on Abraham Lincoln's bible and taking the presidential oath of office, he will be transformed from ordinary citizen to "leader of the free world." Whites expect him to be Shine of the Titanic. Bush 43 and the former living presidents met with Obama last week to give him his orientation into the secret society. The business of the "founding fathers," who met secretly in Philadelphia to write the U.S. Constitution in 1787, is serious. Each president is expected to follow the script.