African Glory: The Story of Vanished Negro Civilizations
African Glory was first published in 1954, a time when few books on African history were written from an African perspective. In this sense, African Glory provided a bold alternative. Written as an intimate history of Africa and its ancient civilizations, the book opposed the stereotyped and often racist histories of Africa. These his-stories were seldom more than histories of European intrusion and colonization of the Mother Continent.
Born in Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast), Dr. J.C. deGraft-Johnson was fully qualifies to write this alternative history. He obtained his advance education in Great Britain receiving a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Ediburgh University. At the same time, he was thoroughly familiar with the culture and history of his motherland, having received his early education in West African schools. These factors are ever present as one reads “The Story of Vanished Negro Civilizations.”
Almost a half century after its initial publication, African Glory still provides a vivid and dynamic connection to the African past.
Our departed elder Dr. John Henrik Clarke contributed the afterword for our edition. His afterword places African Glory and its author within the larger struggle for world wide African independence. Dr. Clarke also provided a supplemental bibliography that adds to the many sources cited in African Glory.