A Black History Month Lesson From The Beginning-Imhotep [VIDEO]
Malcolm X was fond of saying, “Our history did not begin in chains.”Yet every year that’s where Black History Month lesson plans in schools across America begin. They begin telling the story of our history—in chains.
In fact, back in the eighties during my high school days in Tulsa Oklahoma at Booker T. Washington High School, we were never taught that African people mapped out the stars, calculated and built some of the greatest monuments known to man; like the Tekenu (for which the Washington monument in DC is modeled after), Rahormaket (the Sphinx), and the great pyramids at Giza. We were not taught (and children today are still not being taught) that the world’s first named architect, doctor, poet, and astrologer was Imhotep (the one that comes in peace). As a builder, Imhotep is the first master architect who we know by name. Imhotep’s best known writings were medical text. As a physician, Imhotep is believed to have been the author of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in which more than 90 anatomical terms and 48 injuries are described. Imhotep’s phrase: “Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we shall die” is still said to this day.
So if someone tells you that the father of medicine is Hippocrates; that would be completely incorrect!
Take the chains off the brain! Right Knowledge, Corrects Wrong Behavior! Know Thyself…