Sam P.K. Collins and Anthony Browder after the March 15, 2019 edition of The AllEyesOnDC Show (AllEyesOnDC)
Oftentimes, when cultural historian Anthony Browder speaks in front of audiences, he drops knowledge about the Kemetic origins of the warped, European paradigm in which Black Africans find themselves. However, he took on more of a personal tone during the March 15 edition of The AllEyesOnDC Show when he reflected on his coming of age in his hometown of Chicago and the changes D.C. has undergone since he matriculated to Howard University several decades ago.
The two-hour conversation at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe between Browder and Sam P.K. Collins centered on the popularity of “From the Browder File, an anthology of short essays about the American African experience that Browder released in February of 1989. Those entries, some of which touched on religion, how Black sports stars run away from races, the significance of melanin, and the metaphysical meaning of Blackness, bear some relevance in this day and age.
As he had done decades prior, Browder criticized those who hadn’t grown conscientious about the content they watch, and unhealthy habits they’ve taken on in the Babylon system. His solution for Black African liberation focused on concept of Karma — doing good deeds so that goodness flows around in one’s life — and the need for strong individuals and families who can do their part in their immediate circles.
His assessment, though apocalyptic, forced audience members to come to terms with the reality that all Africans, especially those not mentally or spiritually sound to act in the spirit of their ancestors, will make it.
Staying true to his worldview, Browder showed how he and members of the ASA Restoration Project, had been able to expand scholarship about the Blackness of Kemetic ancestors. During the AllEyesOnDC segment, he explained how, through fortitude and tight-knit relationships with Egyptians on the ground, he had been able to excavate 2700-year old tomb of Kushite noblemen over several years. This discovery further confirmed the depth of the Black African presence in Kemet, more than what Eurocentric scholars had wanted to acknowledge.
The artifacts discovered under the auspices of the ASA Restoration Project, named after historian and Browder’s mentor Asa Hilliard, had found their place in an exhibit in Kemet and further solidified Browder’s place as a credible expert in Kemetian history and culture. As all elders of his generation have done or have thought about doing, Browder has put systems in place to transfer his popular Egypt on the Potomac tour, and other offerings of his IKG Cultural Resource Center to his daughter Atlantis Browder and young researchers with whom he’s worked over the last few years.
To that point, Browder didn’t mince words in criticizing today’s young Youtube scholars for what he described as their lack of respect for research and the arrogance with which they disseminate half-baked information and disrespect elders. During this AllEyesOnDC segment, he encouraged those up-and-coming voices in the conscious community to gain a suitable depth of knowledge and truly walk in the tradition of Hilliard, John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, and others at whose feet he sat.