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11 Ancient African Writing Systems You Should Know

Like many things, Africa was the birthplace of the written language. In fact, many written languages predate the Greek language, which is documented to have originated circa 1400 B.C.E. and is generally considered to be the oldest European language.

Even before the ancient Egyptians dominated East Africa and most of the Middle East, there were even older languages written and spoken by Black people.

For example, the oldest written language on earth is considered to be the Proto-Saharan language dating to around 5000-3000 B.C.E. This language was used by people living near the Kharga Oasis, west of Nubia.

In this most recent Atlanta Black Star original, we look at other languages that gave birth to the written word globally.

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