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National Geographic, February 2008

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Nubian King Taharqa at the height of his power

National Geographic
Apparently in honor of African American Heritage Month (aka "Black History Month"), National Geographic chose the above cover for its February 2008 issue. It reads: "The Black Pharaohs: Conquerors of Ancient Egypt." While the effort is to be applauded, there are still some questionable conclusions reached by the author, Robert Draper. Nevertheless, his candor in addressing European racism in hiding the Black Pharaohs from the world is admirable. 
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Black Pharaohs
“Piye was the first of the so-called black pharaohs—a series of Nubian kings who ruled over all of Egypt for three-quarters of a century as that country’s 25th dynasty. … The black pharaohs reunified a tattered Egypt and filled its landscape with glorious monuments, creating an empire that stretched from the southern border at present-day Khartoum all the way north to the Mediterranean Sea. They stood up to the bloodthirsty Assyrians, perhaps saving Jerusalem in the process.”—Pages 38, 39.
 
Hidden History
“Until recently, theirs was a chapter of history that largely went untold. Only in the past four decades have archaeologists resurrected their story—and come to recognize that the black pharaohs didn’t appear out of nowhere. They sprang from the robust African civilization that had flourished on the southern banks of the Nile for 2,500 years, going back at least as far as the first Egyptian dynasty.”—Page 39.
 
Sudan’s Pyramids
“Today Sudan’s pyramids—greater in number than all of Egypt’s—are haunting spectacles in the Nubian Desert….[H]undreds of miles north, at Cairo or Luxor, curiosity seekers arrive by the busload to jostle and crane for views of the Egyptian wonders, Sudan’s seldom-visited pyramids at El Kurru, Nuri, and Meroë stand serenely amid an arid landscape that scarcely hints of the thriving culture of ancient Nubia.”—Page 39.

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Nubian Queen Kawit getting her hair done

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Powerful Queen Tiye, King Tut's grandmother

Eurocentric History
“The ancient world was devoid of racism. At the time of Piye’s historic conquest, the fact that his skin was dark was irrelevant. Artwork from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome shows a clear awareness of racial features and skin tone, but there is little evidence that darker skin was seen as a sign of inferiority. Only after the Europeans powers colonized Africa in the 19th century did Western scholars pay attention to the color of the Nubians’ skin, to uncharitable effect.”—Page 39.  
 
Nubians vs. Assyrians
“To the east, the Assyrians were fast building their own empire. In 701 b.c., when they marched into Judah in present-day Israel, the Nubians decided to act. At the city of Eltekeh, the two armies met. And although the Assyrian emperor, Sennacherib, would brag lustily that he ‘inflicted defeat upon them,’ a young Nubian prince, perhaps 20, son of the great pharaoh Piye, managed to survive. That the Assyrians, whose tastes ran to wholesale slaughter, failed to kill the prince suggests their victory was anything but total. In any event, when the Assyrians left town and massed against the gates of Jerusalem, that city’s embattled leader, Hezekiah, hoped his Egyptian allies would come to the rescue. The Assyrians issued a taunting reply, immortalized in the Old Testament’s Book of II Kings: ‘Thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed [of] Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: So is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.’”—Pages 44, 48.
 
 21st Century Eurocentricity?
“Revisiting that golden age in the African desert does little to advance the case of Afrocentric Egyptologists, who argue that all ancient Egyptians, from King Tut to Cleopatra, were black Africans. Nonetheless, the saga of the Nubians proves that a civilization from deep in Africa not only thrived but briefly dominated in ancient times, intermingling and sometimes intermarrying with their Egyptian neighbors to the north. (King Tut’s own grandmother, the 18th-dynasty Queen Tiye, is claimed by some to be of Nubian heritage.)”—Page 44.

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Firpo Carr at all girl's school in Nubia in 2006 C.E. presenting bestselling book, Germany's Black Holocaust as a gift

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Ancient Nubians under King Piye attacking the great walled capital of Memphis in Lower Egypt in 730 B.C.