“The entire world of Christendom owes its greatest successes to many indigenous Africans; not only God their contributions  before the advent of the Christian Era, but including the Christian Era. In this regard, one must remember that ‘…THE FIRST MARTYRS OF CHRISTENDOM…’ were indigenous Africans, the very ‘FIRST’ being NAMPHAMO. Namphamo was born in Numidia, and African nation that occupies much of the area presently known as Libya and Algeria. The names — TERTULLIAN, CYPRIAN, and AUGUSTINE — are other ‘GREAT PATRONS’ and ‘SAINTS’ [ancestors] of Christendom. All were indigenous Africans [otherwise called ‘Negroes’ by many] to whom Christians of today must, and still, give honour and praise in their churches.”

Source: Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan. Black Man of the Nile. pg. 51-2. 1970. 

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