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Running head: CHEIKH ANTA DIOP 1
Cheikh Anta Diop’s Contribution to the History of Black People
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Socl. 442 Sociology of African Culture
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November 25, 2019

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CHEIKH ANTA DIOP 1
Cheikh Anta Diop’s Contribution to the History of Black People
Introduction
Cheikh Anta Diop made significant contributions to pre-colonial African culture
literature by exploring the foundations of African culture dating back to ancient Egyptian
civilization. The historian, anthropologist, and physicist, wrote extensively on black culture and
its sources of before colonialism, while making a case for a united black Africa and an
empowered black people. His work on African linguistics and culture, particularly by comparing
his native language Wolof to ancient Egyptian underlined the cultural inspirations of African
cultures from the revolutionary Egyptian civilization. To support his thesis, Diop developed a
melanin test that proved that ancient Egyptian pharaohs were black while also defining extends
of black people and their continuity of culture. However, Diop’s work was less celebrated and
accepted because he used his knowledge and expertise to show that black Africa had a history
before racial prejudices and challenge conventional beliefs on the history of black people while
championing for a unified and empowered Africa.
Diop’s Similarities between Egyptian and African Languages
Cheikh Anta Diop argues that Ancient Egyptian were Black people that traveled down
the river from Nubia. His key point was Ancient Egyptian culture has similarities to the African
culture, such as the matrilineal tradition, adaption of Religion (had similar Gods to the Nubians
and painted them black), and language. One of Diop’s key argument was that African languages
were similar to ancient Egyptian. Diop theorized Ancient Egyptian language was a family of
black Africa languages by making linguistic ties between Wolof and Ancient Egyptian. Diop
examined the correspondences between meanings in Ancient Egyptian and Wolof. In the
comparison, Diop provided an example of words such as kef” means in ancient Egyptian means

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Running head: CHEIKH ANTA DIOP 1 Cheikh Anta Diop’s Contribution to the History of Black People Student’s name: Socl. 442 Sociology of African Culture Institutional affiliation: November 25, 2019 CHEIKH ANTA DIOP 1 Cheikh Anta Diop’s Contribution to the History of Black People Introduction Cheikh Anta Diop made significant contributions to pre-colonial African culture literature by exploring the foundations of African culture dating back to ancient Egyptian civilization. The historian, anthropologist, and physicist, wrote extensively on black culture and its sources of before colonialism, while making a case for a united black Africa and an empowered black people. His work on African linguistics and culture, particularly by comparing his native language Wolof to ancient Egyptian underlined the cultural inspirations of African cultures from the revolutionary Egyptian civilization. To support his thesis, Diop developed a melanin test that proved that ancient Egyptian pharaohs were black while also defining extends of black people and their continuity of culture. However, Diop’s work was less celebrated and accepted because he used his knowledge and expertise to show that black Africa had a history before racial prejudices and challenge conventional beliefs on the history of black people while championing for a unified and empowered Africa. Diop’s Similarities between Egyptian and African Languages Cheikh Anta Diop argues that Ancient Egyptian were Black people t ...
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