n African Journal of Rhetoric - W.E.B. Du Bois and Cheikh Anta Diop on the origins and race of the Ancient Egyptians : some comparative notes

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054


In 1966 at the First World Festival of Black Arts held in Dakar, Senegal, W. E. B. Du Bois and Cheikh Anta Diop were both awarded with the prize for the most influential African intellectuals of the 20th century because their works represented an African intellectual revolution against the colonial/White supremacist order of knowledge and opened up the space for a new epistemology of African studies. Although Du Bois and Diop never directly engaged the ideas of each other in writing, they share an intellectual kinship in their broad theoretical framework that manifests in many significant similarities in their explorations and conceptions of African history and politics that has not been examined closely enough by existing scholarship. This study seeks to fill these lacunae through outlining a brief comparative study of the views of Diop and Du Bois in their respective examinations of the origins and race of the Ancient Egyptians and the importance that each attached to it in conversation with charting the future of African people in the modern world.

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