• Destruction of Black Civilization

  • Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
  • By: Chancellor Williams
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kent
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-16-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BN Publishing
  • 4.7 (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams 16 years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be "a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most 'liberal' white authors (and their Negro disciples): 'You belong to a race of nobodies. You have no worthwhile history to point to with pride.'" The book was written at a time when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new body of historical research. The book is premised on the question: If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? The Caucasian answer is simple and well known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom."
Williams instead contends that many elements - nature, imperialism, and stolen legacies - have aided in the destruction of the black civilization. The Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to the Africans themselves, offering instead "a history of blacks that is a history of blacks. Because only from history can we learn what our strengths were and, especially, in what particular aspect we are weak and vulnerable. Our history can then become at once the foundation and guiding light for united efforts in serious[ly] planning what we should be about now."
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By Alan on 10-16-17

Timeless piece of work

A timeless historical work, which is relevant not only for the time that it was written but for today and for future dates. We are taught that so much of our history starts at the point of slavery. This book points out our rich history thousands of years before that. In addition it points out many reasons why we are in the unfortunate position that we are in as a group of people. Along with the autobiography of Malcolm X The Destruction of Black Civilization should be read by all young black men and women.

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By Deborah Daughtry on 01-16-18

Draft recording?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Important early history released during a time when little history was available to non scholars about Africa. A non european interpretation infused with the fury of its time, the author naturally resentful of the lies and ommissions taught in schools of his time.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Kent?

the narrator should have had an editor. His voice is fine but too many errors.

Was Destruction of Black Civilization worth the listening time?

I read this book in the early 80s and wanted to revisit it considering my maturation, education and the evolution of African history in the general scholarship canon.

Any additional comments?

Confused why Audible hasn't edited this recording. Many pronunciations are incorrect and many out-takes have not been removed. Shameful quality oversight.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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