Beard History Month - Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan

"Show me how you treat your woman and I will show you the condition of your race." - Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan

Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as "Dr. Ben" was born December 31, 1918, to a Afro-Puerto Rican Jewish mother and an Ethiopian father in what is known as the "Falasha" Hebrew community in Gondar, Ethiopia.

He attended schools in Brazil, Spain, Puerto Rico, and Cuba and earned degrees in engineering and anthropology.

He has written and published over forty-nine books and papers, revealing much of the information unearthed while he was in Egypt. Two of his better known works include, Black Man of the Nile and His Family and Africa: Mother of Major Western Religions. Considered an Afrocentric historian whose work is focused mainly on black presence in ancient Egypt. He contends in his writings that the pharaohs came out of the heart of Africa and that the original Jews were from Ethiopia and were black Africans, and the white Jews adopted the faith and customs later.

Dr. Ben was an extraordinary man of many talents, but principally a man who held the African woman in the highest esteem. He honored the Black Woman who is the source of the Black Family.
He helped set the stage for a whole new approach in interpreting Africa’s contributions to civilization and its legacy. He lit the fire of intellectual and cultural consciousness in Africans worldwide. Establishing connections between Africans in America, Africa, Asia and Europe are all attributed to Dr. Ben-Jochannan, a man of vision, seer, and intellectual giant.

Many of his books challenged the distortions of Europeans in writing, publishing and disseminating knowledge about the arts, sciences, religion, etc., of the ancient people today called Egyptians. Dr. Ben has rightly included omissions and corrected distortions systematically implanted and perpetrated by racist Western, European and American historiography that has falsified the historical past with a prejudiced interpretation against African people. Many of his books challenged the distortions of Europeans in writing, publishing and disseminating knowledge about the arts, sciences, religion, regarding ancient Africa as representation and modern interpretation. Dr. Ben dared to expose the hypocrisy of western scholarship. He attacked the foundational pillars upon which a false legacy rests.