African pride: consciousness of one’s own dignity as an African person*.
However, such a pride is alarmingly scarce. Africans (black people everywhere) are so ignorant of their history and not the diluted version taught in schools, I mean true African history that, the slightest audacious display of African pride is shot down with accusations of extremism, or pseudo-history. The black-skinned people of this world for centuries has been subjugated to inferior or second-rate treatment by Europeans who do not even think us worthy enough to occupy space on this earth much less to have a sense of history.
Well, what must be stated and restated is not only should we have a sense of history but that, we do have a History and when you start delving into the rich cultural, spiritual, philosophical, astronomical, agricultural, artistic, engineering and medical history that is ours you will not only feel a sense of pride but you will walk 2 feet taller (Yes! our history is that vast and wondrous). When you know about the history and know who were our ancestors i.e Imhotep-Father of medicine (not Hippocrates), and that the black race has been on the earth for millenia ,one will start to see that African peoples are not meant to live in the shadow of no race.
The pride in our history should come with no apologies. Because one is aware of their heritage and their ancestors pioneering contributions to the human race, this premise is hardly dependant upon an inferior perception of other races. In fact, it is the exact opposite.
We have been lost for so long, to the point that we allowed another race to dictate our future, our present and our past, to the point of abject slavery and cultural robbery,all with our consent. It’s time for Africans to wake up from their historical and cultural amnesia and commence to move with the greatness they possess.
Ivan Van Sertima
* Definition taken from the Oxford dictionary for Pride with the adjusted definiton for African Pride made by me.