The African Abroad: The Black Man’s Evolution in Western Civilization Volume 2
Sometimes groundbreaking literary pieces of the past have hidden jewels that must be revisited by forthcoming generations, as is the case with pastor, Ivy League scholar, and unconventional revolutionary William Henry Ferris book, The African Abroad. Written almost a century ago, Ferris challenges societal norms in the fields of history, theology, philosophy as it pertains to Black people and those of African descent. Considered as one of the founding fathers of African studies, Ferris expounds on the history of familiar and not so familiar great Black men around the globe as well as the African ancestry of great historical figures such as Aesop, Hannibal Barca, Russian author Alexander Pushkin, and even founding father Alexander Hamilton.
In Volume Two, Ferris continues his foray into African history and the African presence in ancient civilizations throughout the world, and launches into an exploration of African politics at the time of his writing. This volume is packed with biographical accounts of Black leaders, both African and abroad, some famous and some unknown to today s readers, but all worthy of note. Ferris discusses prominent Black abolitionists, explorers, academics, and spiritual leaders of his time, as well as a group of eminent Black historical figures, who he calls the Forty Colored Immortals, which includes personalities as diverse as Toussaint L Ouverture, Mohamed Askia, and Amenhotep III. It is unlikely that any other author has attempted to assemble such a diverse collection of Black biographies. That William Henry Ferris did so over a century ago is nothing short of extraordinary.