Amenemhet I, Pharaoh of 12th Dynasty                Taharqa, 25th Dynasty Pharaoh of          1991 B.C. to 1961 B.C.                                     Egypt & Kush            690-664 BCE

            Welcome To The African History Videos Website

     This website makes available the videos shot and produced by Attorney Professors, Andre’ and Daphne Wooten, to share the sites, knowledge and treasures they have seen in some of their travels.

     The focus is on ancient art and African History found in the temples, tombs and museums of Egypt, Nubia, London, Paris, and New York. For each ancient art peace tells and carries it’s own story and history. For those informed folks who have wanted to see the temples of the Nile and study the evidence of ancient KMT-Kemet, which many main stream authors and producers have over looked ignored or misinterpreted, we present the evidence and the ancient African Art work that is plain for all to see.

     If a picture is work a thousand words, we have a few million pictures to show you. These shows are perfect for home schooling parents who want to show their children the rich artistic and cultural evidence of classical African civilization these programs show that evidence.

     For those wanting a unique Black History month experience of seeing Africa through the eyes of an educated African-American tourist, teacher and jurist, these programs will bring the real evidence to your group. View Chapters of ancient African History illustrated by the Temples, Tombs, and art work of the Nile, Africa, Jamaica, South Africa, West Africa, Brazil, Fiji, Hawaii and many more places around the globe.

     These two 10 minute clips are just an introduction to hours of travel videos.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wid8eA6igtU&feature=plcp

     An Introduction to our Ancient African History and Civilization program course begins with visit to the pyramids, the Sphinx, Cairo Antiquities Museum for the early evidence.

               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34d5EBVyJKo&feature=plcp

     Journey up the Nile from Cairo to ancient Wa’Set-Thebes, modern Luxor for a look at the Grand Temple of Amen Ra, The Valleys of the Kings and The Queens and the Luxor Antiquities Museum to view more of the early evidence of ancient African Civilization. When I was growing up I always wondered how did things like the political and socio-economic positions of various world populations including African-Americans come to be this way?

     After earning a degree in World History at Reed College in Oregon and a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Washington, I was asked to teach a course on African-American and the development of Constitutional Law for the Black Studies Department of the University of Washington.

     That was when I made my first trip to the African continent, for I strongly believed that to teach African-American History one had to know something about the culture and history of Africa before the Trans Atlantic slave trade. My wife and I began shooting videos of our trips to Egypt, Nubia, South Africa, The British Museum, The Louvre, the Cairo, Luxor and Aswan Antiquities museums in the 1990's.

     We have now produced over 50 shows on various aspects of International African World History. This African History Video series begins touring Giza, Sakara and the Cairo Antiquities museum in modern Egypt. Move up the Nile river touring the temples and museums there in Luxor, Aswan, Abu Sembel, Philae, Kom Ombo, Kalabsha, Wadi Es Seboua and many other ancient Egyptian and Nubian Temples.

     Visits were made to the Louvre Museum in Paris and British Museum in London to record and include many of the ancient Egyptian (Kemetic) and Nubian ancient artifacts and exquisite ancient art works there. We also have a half hour video on the Temples, tombs, statues and art work of many of the clearly African Pharaohs of Egypt-KMT, such as Zhoser builder of the first pyramid, Senwosret, Amenemhet, Menthuhotep, Thutmoses, I, II, III and IV, and Amenophis-Amemhotep I, II, III, and IV and many others. We feature a half hour video on the Temples tombs, statues and art work of many of the clearly African Queens Egypt-KMT, such as Hatshepsut, Nefertari, Queen Tiye, and many more.

     Other of our African History videos in the series trace the millenniums of migrations of people out of Africa to the South Pacific and Fiji, Jamaica in the Carribean, Brazil, Hawaii and North America, the invasion of West Africa.

    And the struggle of African-American for freedom and political and economic equality in the New World. Attorney Andre Wooten has produced a series of seminars by top Civil Rights attorneys Johnny Cochran, Morris Dees, Samuel Paz, Andre Wooten and Daphne Barbee-Wooten, Ted Shaw and many others on how to win civil rights cases. And we have classics such as Angela Davis speaks on fighting the Prison-Industrial Complex and Dick Gregory talking as only he can about American History and Culture.

     Recently we have also created 5 hour long programs on our trip to South Africa and 6 hour long programs of our trip to Ghana on the West Coast of Africa with the National Bar Association attorneys.

               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqm8u_aaa1k&feature=plcp       

       New Kingdom Pharaoh, general and great builder

                     

  Khufu - Cheops, 4th Dynasty, Builder of the Grand Pyramid

                         2700 - 2660 B.C. E. 


Zoser      (Photo of Zoser's Statue taken from his pyramid is Now in The Cairo Antiquities Museum)

Zoser (active ca. 2686 B.C.) was the first king of the Third Dynasty, which ushered in Egypt's first golden age, the Old Kingdom.

Djoser (also read as Djeser and Zoser) was an ancient Egyptian king (pharaoh) of the 3rd dynasty during the Old Kingdom and the founder of this epoque. He is well known under his Hellenized names Tosorthros (by Manetho) and Sesorthos (byEusebius). He was the son of king Khasekhemwy and queen Nimaethap, but if he also was the direct throne successor is still unclear. Most Ramesside Kinglists name a king Nebka before him, but since there are still difficulties in connecting that name with contemporary horus names, some Egyptologists question the handed down throne sequence.

Zoser is always described on his monuments as the "Horus Neteryerkhet." In the so-called Turin Canon of Kings, a hieratic papyrus dating from about the reign of Ramses II, his importance as the founder of a new epoch (Third Dynasty, 2686-2613 B.C.) is noted by the exceptional use of red ink in writing his name. According to the Turin list, he reigned for 19 years, but this period seems much too short for the erection of his vast monument, the Step Pyramid. The Ptolemaic historian Manetho allots him a reign of 29 years.

Zoser's main claim to fame is his Step Pyramid at Saqqara, overlooking the ancient capital city of Memphis. The man responsible for its conception and construction was Zoser's architect Imhotep. Known to the Greeks as Imouthes, he became a legendary figure to later generations of Egyptians, who looked upon him not only as an architect but also as a learned physician and astronomer. In the Saite period (663-525 B.C.) he was deified and he was identified by the Greeks with their own god of medicine, Asklepios (Aesculapius).

The Step Pyramid was the dominant edifice of a large complex of stone buildings and courtyards which were intended for various ceremonies in connection with the afterlife of Zoser. Its base measurements were approximately 411 feet from east to west and 358 feet from north to south. In its final form it rose in six unequal stages to a height of 204 feet. The substructure of the pyramid consists of a deep shaft which gives access to a maze of corridors and rooms without parallel in other pyramids of the Old Kingdom.

The pyramid and the related complex of buildings were enclosed by a massive stone wall, covering an area approximately 597 yards from north to south and 304 yards from east to west. Limestone from the Tura quarries on the east side of the Nile was used for the outer facing of the buildings, and local stone for the inner cores.

A large brick mastaba at Bêt Khallâf in Upper Egypt may also have been constructed for Zoser, possibly as a cenotaph. At Wadi Maghâra in the Sinai Peninsula is a relief depicting Zoser smiting the Bedouin of the region. A lengthy rock inscription of Ptolemaic date on the island of Sehêl in the First Cataract of the Nile recounts how, through the counsel of Imhotep, Zoser brought to an end a seven-year famine which had afflicted Egypt by presenting to the ram-headed god Khnum of Elephantine, who controlled the Nile inundation, the stretch of territory in Lower Nubia known in Greek as the Dodekaschoinos. The historical accuracy of this inscription is a matter of debate.  

One of the most famous contemporaries of king Djoser was his vizir, "head of the royal shipyard" and "overseer of all stone works",Imhotep. Imhotep oversaw stone building projects such as the tombs of King Djoser and King Sekhemkhet. It is possible, that Imhotep was mentioned in the also famous Papyrus Westcar, in a story called "Khufu and the magicians". But because the papyrus is badly damaged at the beginning, Imhotep's name is lost today. A papyrus from the ancient Egyptian temple of Tebtunis, dating to the 2nd century AD, preserves a long story in the demotic script about Djoser and Imhotep. At Djoser's time Imhotep was of such importance and fame that he was honoured by being mentioned on statues of king Djoser in his necropolis at Saqqara.