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10 Books Still Transforming The Consciousness of Black People

Diop The African Origin of Civilization

“The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality” by Cheikh Anta Diop

Cheikh Anta Diop, a Senegalese Egyptologist, makes the case that both mankind and civilization started with Black people. His book argues that ancient Egypt was largely Black African in race and culture during the first 2,000 years of its existence.  Before Diop, the world believed that ancient Egyptians were not Black, and that the great Egyptian civilization that gave so much to the world, could not have come from dark brown-skinned Africans.



Developmental Psychology of the Black Child

“Developmental Psychology of the Black Child” by Amos N. Wilson

Are there any significant differences in the mental and physical growth and development of Black and white children? What effect does race awareness have on the mental and personality development of Black children?  Why do Black children generally score lower than other children on IQ tests? Do Black parents socialize their children to be inferior to white children?

If you have been looking for a single source that answers these questions from a Black perspective, then this may be the book for you. “The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child,”  the first of a series of books about the growth, development, and education of the Black child, is written in a scholarly but understandable way and forthrightly confronts these and other issues.

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