In this paper, I will list a plethora of African disciplines that for some, unknown to me, reason, have been omitted on the map at the intersection of American and European Philosophy. Utilizing the methodology of S.O.S.A.H. I will more than attempt to prove that they are in fact known but ignored in the milieu referred to in the title of this conference. First of all, let me explain the methodology of S.O.S.A.H [Society of Sankofa and Hatata]. Sankofa, is a colorful mythological bird, flying forward but looking back with an egg, representing the future in its mouth. An Akan King who created the mythology of Sankofa said it is not taboo to go back into the past to retrieve what you forgot, was lost, stolen or taken from you. Hatata, a treatise written in 1666 by an Ethiopian named Zara Yacob, means to take apart piece by piece, or look at thoroughly, surprisingly has really a one word meaning in Amharic, an ancient Ethiopian language; and that is “inquiry”. Something that seemingly belongs only to Europeans and Americans.
Carter G. Woodson, in his book the Mis-Education of the Negro, was very prophetic when he said “there are two types of education, one that is given to you and what you teach yourself. And what you teach yourself, you will find more enlightening.
Had I know learned much of the following on my own, [not being taught to me by someone else in a class room; I would have not become enlightened to the level that I find myself today.
I recently changed my racial designation from African American to D.O.A.D., that is a Descendant Of the African Diaspora; proudly.