“Any characterization of race of the ancient Egyptians depends on modern cultural definitions, not on scientific study. Thus, by modern American standards it is reasonable to characterize the Egyptians as ‘black’, while acknowledging the scientific evidence for the physical diversity of Africans.”

Source: Stuart Tyson Smith. Oxford Encyclopedia. 2001. https://medium.com/@addisonsarter93/ancient-egypt-was-white-washed-2244ad402058

“President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, ‘What have you got to lose?’ Three years later, black Americans have rendered their verdict on his presidency with a deeply pessimistic assessment of their place in the United States under a leader seen by an overwhelming majority as racist. The findings come from a Washington Post-Ipsos poll of African Americans nationwide, which reveals fears about whether their children will have a fair shot to succeed and a belief that white Americans don’t fully appreciate the discrimination that black people experience. While personally optimistic about their own lives, black Americans today offer a bleaker view about their community as a whole. They also express determination to try to limit Trump to a single term in office.”

This was just the confirmation I needed to read!

Source: Dan Balz, Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., et al. “Black Americans Pessimistic About Country Under Trump.” The Washington Post. January 17, 2020. https://apple.news/ABd8vQaHZQJm6eDhvbK3j0Q

“The realization that the Egyptians were a highly civilized highly informed and highly gifted people, long trained in the mysteries of the subjective life bestows a new perspective upon the whole vista of their culture. We perceive them developing their physical sciences, manufacturing glass, perfectly imitating precious stones by chemical means, establishing the foundations of music, excelling in dentistry and sufficiently trained in engineering to raise incomparable monuments and to change the course of the Nile River. We also perceive them developing their metaphysical science to the establishment of a magnificent philosophy of conscious immortality and resting from death its terrifying power. Their inspiration was the impulse to all Western civilization and our debt to them is beyond estimation.”

Source: Manly P. Hall.

“Lake Turkana is a miraculous anomaly of life-giving water in a parched and unforgiving land. Formed millions of years ago in the tectonic upheavals that created East Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Turkana is the largest permanent desert lake in the world. The lake is home to the world’s largest population of Nile crocodiles, hippos, and hundreds of bird and fish species. Its shores have revealed the oldest-known fossil remains of Homo habilis. Today, more than a quarter million indigenous peoples from at least ten tribes have become masters of wresting sustenance from the harsh landscape. Without the lake, life here would be virtually impossible.”