Before These Shores … Our Colored Past

History and historical reference is unique as it tends to reflect the views of the author, rather than an objective representation of an event that occurred. It is commonplace for conflict between nations to be narrated differently as the perspective of the opposing sides may vary. Herein lies the irony in the term history as oftentimes writers offer their rendition of an event, that then becomes history or in essence … his-story.

What then is the perspective of those who have not offered their account or documented their plight? What happens to those who have been conquered and were not given the opportunity to provide their outlook? Does the perspective of the conquered even matter, does anyone care?

This is the position of so many without a voice, they are compelled to accept the narrative of those who have subjugated them and taken their voice. This has become the position of so many millions that were transported as cargo through the transatlantic slave trade and the hundreds of millions of their descendants that still remain under the social oppression caused by hundreds of years of mental, physical and social restraint.

Those subjected to chattel slavery through yokes of iron bonds find themselves in this dilemma. A group of people or groups without a history to write or a story to tell. Sections of people who depend on overseers to provide a glimpse of chronicled data of who they are and why they are here.

While numerous documents related to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade may show how captives arrived here, all those renditions fail to speak to the actual history of those who were enslaved. Who were these people before they were rounded up and forced to endure the most inhumane journeys in history, mandated to build foreign lands and enrich the nations economies through products such as sugar, tobacco and cotton just to name a few?

Who were these individuals before they were shipped off shores of Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Angola and different parts of the Ivory Coast? Who were these people before they arrived at ports in North and South America and the Caribbean Islands? How was it decided which captives from each ship would go to which colonized location or back to the colonizer’s country? What language did the captives speak when they were captured? What was their spiritual affiliation before they began to take on the religions of the captives that brought them over the stormy Atlantic Ocean?

The history of slavery does not readily address any of these questions. If there are clear accounts of ancient history dating back to 7TH and 8TH century BCE and before, then it should be easy to provide factual data to address the modern history of 500 years ago. Yet, that information is abstract and general at best.

Therefore, it has become incumbent upon those who wish to know to further inquire about our history before the middle passage. We must know who we were Before These Shores.

Before These Shores will come to represent the journey to retrace our history and culture Before These Shores of the Americas, the Caribbean Islands and other ports in the different parts of Europe.

Before These Shores will come to represent the culmination of research, writings and interviews of people throughout the world.  The goal is to piece together the fragmented history of the millions stolen from their homeland via the various routes in Africa to the coasts of the Western Hemisphere.  Ports that became rich ports, where new countries were born and ancient identities were concealed.  Before These Shores will begin to research the languages and cultures within those African countries that were used as a womb to birth the entire Western World.

We invite you to embark on this journey with us as we seek to address topics such as Hebrew linguistics associated with many of our names and our Afro-asiatic practices to the financial devastation in many parts of the Middle East and the African continent due to the displacement of close to 20 million viable males and females from those places.  We will be touching on spiritual and religious practices and the differences between the two concepts.  We will discuss the political and social impacts of many historical events from a Hebraic spiritual perspective.

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