|In February of 1986, at the invitation of the Black Student Union at
Los Angeles City College, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima delivered perhaps one of
the most brilliant lectures of his career. He essentially obliterated
the Columbus Myth and explained how Africa disintegrated under centuries
of onslaught from without.
Trained as a linguist, historian, writer and anthropologist all wrapped into one, Dr. Van Sertima was uniquely qualified as a world renowned scholar who studied Africa and the African diaspora. His scholarship place him among the pantheon of the world most brilliant minds in his field.
His most famous work is the international bestseller (They came before Columbus), and the journals of African civilization. He is a literary critic, a linguist, and anthropologist and has made a name in all three fields.
Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima (26 January 1935 – 25 May 2009) was a Guyanese-born associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in the United States. He was best known for his Olmec alternative origin speculations, a brand of pre-Columbian contact theory, which he proposed in his book “They Came Before Columbus” (1976). While his Olmec theory has "spread widely in African American community, both lay and scholarly", it was mostly ignored in Mesoamericanist scholarship, or else dismissed as Afrocentric pseudohistory to the effect of "robbing native American cultures".
Tags: 911, F, FS Sertima, Ivan Van Sertima, Africa, Civilization, They Came Before Columbus, Literary Critic, Linguistics, Anthropology, Black Studies
Produced: 2015, Episode: IVS-OCM
Category: Education, 58:00
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