May 30th, 2009 by omar , 7 CommentsPrint This Post
One of Guyana’s most accomplished and respected scholars, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, died earlier this week at the age of 74. We’ve spoken a bit about his work before, and now is as good a time as ever to give the man his due. Oscar Ramjeet wrote a peice on Van Sertima that appeared online today. Check an excerpt from the article below…
…Guyanese have not only contributed to the Caribbean, but the entire world.
I just learned of the passing of Dr Ivan Van Sertima, a former professor of the University of Rutgers and an important son of the soil, who told the United Nations that Columbus did not in fact discover the Americas.
Van Sertima was a Guyanese-British historian, linguist and anthropologist. He was a noted for his Afrocentric theory of pre-Columbian contact between Africa and the Americas….
Van Sertima was a prolific writer on the history of Africa and The Americas. To purchase some of his work, including his most well-known, They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America, click here: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima @ Amazon.com.
Also, check out a few videos of Dr. Van Sertima at work after the jump…
A celebrated classic, They Came Before Columbus, deals with a number of contacts — both planned and accidental, between Africans and Americans in different historical periods. Evidence for a physical/cultural presence of Africans in Early America is methodically examined.
Dr. Van Sertima reveals to us a compelling, dramatic and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of black Africans in ancient America.
With his considerable scholarship, Van Sertima examines the facts of navigation and shipbuilding, the sources of latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates, the scores of cultural analogies found nowhere else except in America and Africa, African languages and the transportation of plants, cloth and animals from Africa to the Americas. And from the diaries, letters and journals of the explorers themselves; from Carbon-14 dated sculptures found in the Americas; from the Arabic documents, charts, maps from the recorded tales of the griots to the Kings of Mali; from dated skeletons found as recently as 1975, the author builds his pyramid of evidence.
They Came Before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima, Part 3
They Came Before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima, Part 4
They Came Before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima, Part 5
They Came Before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima, Part 6
They Came Before Columbus – Dr Ivan Van Sertima, Part 7