Black History Month – Mansa Musa

0 Posted by - February 3, 2015 - Lift Every Voice

When we usually discuss Black History we usually talk about well-known individuals like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Harriett Tubman to name a few.  We go over our physical slavery and its effects, segregation and the Civil Rights movement.  All played very important parts in the development of our culture and history, but what about before America?  This Black History Month we would like to focus on who we were before slaves.  You really didn’t believe our history began at slavery did you?  Or did you believe that Negro people only lived in grass huts and danced around fires?  I respect my tribal brothers and sisters as well, as they live life in pure simplicity.  However, our history is much richer.  We are the mothers and fathers of civilization, science, mathematics, and arts.  This month we will share with you history that you may not have known, all of which can be backed up if you do a little research and investigation yourself.  First, we’d like to introduce to you the legendary Mansa Musa.


Mansa Musa was a great emperor of the West African Empire of Mali in the from 1312-1337.  He was most most notable for his riches, and he built the Great Mosque at Timbuktu.  He is said to possible the richest man of all time with a net worth of 400 billion!  Simply put, Musa was balling.  He had gold all in his chains, gold all in his rangs’, and would put your favorite rappers to shame.  He was also known for his pilgrimiage to Mecca that put Mali on the map for its wealth.  During this pilgrimage it was said that his procession included 60,00 men, 12,00 slaves who each carried four pounds of gold bars.  They were also dressed to the GAWDS honey in silks with gold staffs.  This wasn’t your European western version of slavery obviously, as they mostly organized the horses and handled bags.  He was sure to be generous along his journey giving to those he came in contact with along the way.

To learn more about Mansa Musa, you can watch the video and check out the books below.  Enjoy!

“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”  Marcus Garvey

Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali

Mansa Musa:  The Lion of Mali




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