Black Africans in ancient America: They came before Columbus

August 11, 20120 Comments

He is the author of They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America, which was published by Random House in 1977 and is presently in its twenty-ninth printing. It was published in French in 1981 and in the same year, was awarded the Clarence L. Holte Prize, a prize awarded every two years “for a work of excellence in literature and the humanities relating to the cultural heritage of Africa and the African diaspora.” from 

Lecture given by Dr Ivan Van Sertima discussing African history. Transferred from VHS so quality is not the best. Recorded in 1986 at Camden Town Hall, London. Caribbean Cultural International & Karnak House. If you like this you may also be interested in the related video “Afrikans in Science”

With the skill of a novelist, Ivan Van Sertima reveals to readers compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Africans in ancient America. It is the marriage of twin crafts–the artist’s and the scholar’s–in a book that makes it possible to see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of Black Africans in Pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilization they found here.
From Random House, 1976 – History  – 288 pages


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