The Continuing Relevance of Cheikh Anta Diop
“At the World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, held in
“The African continent's fight against colonialism engendered both the ‘warrior-nationalist’, demanding political independence, and the 'scholar-activist', retrieving the stolen 'family
“It was against this background of cultural spoliation, that Cheikh Anta, and others, committed themselves to ‘the project of restitution of the authentic history of
“He envisaged an
“It was also mainly his work that exposed the immeasurable debt that Greek civilisation owed to
“His books were largely responsible for, at least, the partial re-orientation of attitudes about the place of African people in history, in scholarly circles around the world. The scientific rigour of his method made him temperamentally unsuited to the coy sensibilities of the Negritude movement; and ‘Negritudisms’ such as ‘emotion is Negro and reason Greek’ (Senghore) and ‘those who explored neither the seas nor the sky’ (Cesaire), were anathema to his ears.
“He was born in