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Dr. David Imhotep: The Author Behind The First Americans Were African

Dr. David Imhotep: The Author Behind The First Americans Were African

The questions that Dr. David Imhotep has been answering for years is how Americans originated from Africans. He is the author of “The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence”, which was originally published in 2011. Dr. Imhotep has released a new edition of the book titled “The First Americans Were Africans: Revisited” in 2017.

As schoolchildren, we were taught that Asian nomads arrived in the Americas through the Bering Land Bridge thousands of years ago, eventually leading to the development of Paleo-Indians. These people spread throughout the northern and southern parts of the continent and became the Native Americans, who then interacted with Christopher Columbus and other European conquistadors.

This is what we know as the truth. But what if it’s not really the truth? What if the Americas had a completely different history that the government and the people are not ready to accept?

Who is Dr. David Imhotep?

Before we take a closer look at the book, it’s important to learn more about the person behind it. The author was born David C. Jones and later took on David Imhotep as his African name. He was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he completed his degree in Business Administration, then moved to the University of Maryland, Collage Park, to play for the Maryland Terrapins. He got a Masters of Science Degree in Science as well as a Masters of Science Degree in Computer Education both from Nova University, and he later received a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Donsbach University in California.

Dr. Imhotep concentrated on his nutrition career for several years, writing nutrition columns for a Miami newspaper and magazine and hosting a nutrition-focused radio show. He also worked with several clients who wanted to improve their diet; one of them was famous boxer Muhammad Ali, whom Dr. Imhotep assisted on his last seven fights.

After becoming an expert in nutrition, Dr. David Imhotep turned his attention to history, specifically African history. He worked with the professors in Union University in Cincinnati, Ohio, to develop a doctoral program for philosophy in arts and sciences focusing on ancient African history, and he is the first person on earth to hold a Ph.D. in this area.

This achievement isn’t really surprising since Dr. Imhotep has been interested in Black history for years. In fact, he has been doing research on Black history and collecting information about it since 1980. His research has taken him to various places including Hawaii, Central America, Egypt, Nubia, and Europe, allowing him to collect relevant and interesting evidence.

After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr.Imhotep started teaching at National College in 2002 until 2009. He took a break after that to write the first edition of “The First Americans Were Africans”, which was published in 2011 and had received an international literary award a year after.

The First Americans Were Africans” captured the attention of both ordinary readers and history experts. Some of them agreed with Dr. Imhotep’s research, while others disliked the fact that it didn’t mesh with what mainstream history taught. Either way, it’s clear that the book has generated a lot of discussion and debates, which is why Dr. Imhotep has been highly sought out for interviews with newspapers and magazines — including the New York Times and the Washington Post — as well as radio and TV shows. He has also been invited to speak in several events and regularly conducts lectures and seminars on ancient African civilizations and other related topics.

Aside from being an author, historian, professor, and speaker, Dr. Imhotep has served at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium as its President of the Egyptology Society for five years. He was also a member of the Dade County Public Schools Multicultural Board of Miami and has served as its consultant, and he has worked as a coordinator for the 500 African Role Model Program in Dade County. This gave him the opportunity to inspire inner city children through African history lectures. Dr. Imhotep has also given lectures at the Dade County Jail and the Juvenile Justice Detention Center.

Were Africans Really the First Americans?

SPECIAL REPORT: Columbus and the Africans Who Preceded Him “The First Americans Were Africans” refutes the generally held belief that northeast Asians had crossed the Bering Strait around 13,000 years ago and were the first people to settle in the Americas. And it does more than that: in the book, Dr. David Imhotep outlines carefully researched and highly convincing evidence showing that Africans arrived first on the continent’s shores and that they had built a thriving culture long before the Mongolians arrived through the Bering Strait.

As Dr. Imhotep points out, many of the world’s ancient civilizations rose around the Nile River in Africa. People who lived in the area learned to grab on to floating tree limbs to safely cross the river, and they eventually learned to build dugout canoes out of tree trunks. As years went by, they progressed into building sailboats and larger boats and using these to cross large bodies of water. This coincides with some of the text in the Popol Vuh (the sacred book of the Quiche Mayan Indians), which states that the Olmec people had arrived in Mexico in “ships made of bark”.

Historical dwellings in the Americas also match those that are found in Africa.  The Pueblo people, for example, built and lived in cliff dwellings in Colorado. The dwellings have been found out to be highly similar to those created by the Manding, who lived in semi-arid houses and created cliff houses. The Dogon people, who live in Mali in West Africa and consider themselves as descendants of the Manding, still dwell in cliff houses.

Dr. Imhotep disputes the idea that Asians crossed the Bering Strait 13,000 years ago. He points out that the land bridge at the time was one to two miles high and 1,500 to 2,000 miles long, and it was completely covered in ice and did not have any vegetation. With these conditions, it would have been impossible for humans to survive while crossing the bridge since they did not have anything to eat — not even vegetarian animals would have been found in the area.

However, Dr. Imhotep does acknowledge that Asians — specifically Mongolians — were able to cross the Bering Strait, but at a later date, probably around 2,600 B.C., when the land bridge had more favorable conditions. The Mongolians arrived in large numbers and eventually overpowered the African gene pool in the Americas, which was why people in the continent began to look more Asian.

Pure-blooded Africans were slowly pushed to the southern part of the Americas, specifically to Tierra del Fuego, a southern archipelago that’s currently shared by Chile. As a result, when English ships landed in Tierra del Fuego in the 1870s, they were surprised to see that the people who lived in the area closely resembled Africans. In fact, the cover of “The First Americans Were Africans” is a photograph of an African-looking man taken by the crew of the 1872-1876 HMS Challenger expedition, which landed on Tierra del Fuego. The photo is now on display at the Natural Museum of London.

The pointers above are just some of the many topics that Dr.David Imhotep discussed in his book. In the latest edition of his book, “The First Americans Were Africans: Revisited”, he adds 14 more pictures and over a thousand more footnotes, which effectively doubles the volume of the book and makes it even more informative. The book will be released on July 2017.

Supporting Evidence

It’s important to note that Dr. Imhotep is not the only one who believes that the Africans were the first settlers in America. Several archaeologists have uncovered evidence that people have arrived in the Americas and have been living in the continent more than 13,000 years ago. In Brazil, for example, researchers have discovered stone tools that have been dated back to 22,000 years ago. In Uruguay, paleontologists have uncovered evidence showing that humans hunted sloths in the area around 30,000 years ago.

Dr. Niede Guidon, an archaeologist who was part of the team that discovered ancient rock art in northeast Brazil, believes that humans arrived in the Americas around 100,000 years ago and came by boat from Africa, not through land from Asia.

Imhotep on Passion and Race Esteem

The body of work outlined in “The First Americans Were Africans” obviously required extensive research. However, Dr. David Imhotep does not really mind all the hard work simply because it’s one of the things that he’s passionate about. As he puts it:  “If your passion is in your work, your work becomes your passion.” This is evidently clear in his radio and TV interviews as well as his lectures, wherein attendees never have to go through a dull moment due to this enthusiasm about his work as well as his humor and engaging discussions.

Dr. Imhotep believes that learning more about ancient African history is key to developing “race esteem” in African Americans as well as other Black people. This, in turn, can help them develop better self-esteem, which makes it possible for them to improve all areas of their life.



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