Martin R Delany
The Origin Of Races and Color
The Origin of Races and Color presented a bold challenge to racist views of African inferiority. Martin Delany wrote in opposition to a developing oppressive intellectualism that used Darwin’s thesis, ‘the survival of the fittest’ to support its demented theories of Black inferiority.
Skillfully blending biblical history, archaeology and anthropology, Delany offered evidence to the ‘serious inquirer’ suggesting the first humans were African, and that these Africans were ‘builders of the pyramids, sculptors of the sphinxes, and original god-kings’ With such radical assertions, Delany advanced a model of ancient history that contradicted the very foundation of intellectual racism. Delany looked ay the history of the world and saw Africa at its center. He believed knowledge of one’s past was essential, and that it could provide Black people with the regenerative force necessary to inspire their self-improvement.