From the Back Cover
"Backs Before America" tells the story of Blacks thousands of years before Columbus landed in America. Blacks were in the forefront of human civilization. Dr. Hyman describes the course of the civilization from Egyptian dynasties to the African pharaohs and queens, to early Christian priests, bishops and popes, traders, artists and many more.
Blacks made extensive migrations to distant parts of the world for many centuries and left evidence of artifacts, paintings and languages as proof of their advanced civilization.
Among the historic figures presented in "Backs Before America" are Aesop, the Black Fabulist; Imhotep, Black Egyptian physician; Saint Augustine; Hatshepsut, first queen of Egypt; three Black African Popes; Makeda, Queen of Sheba, and many others.
About the Author
Mark Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and went to Howard University, where he was inspired to research Black history by William Leo Hansberry. His research continued through service in World War II and a career in journalism and public relations. He received a doctorate in African Studies from Temple University in 1992. Dr. Hyman passed away in June 1995.