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Black Women in History Hatshepsut, Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Queen Hatshepsut

By Danielle Savage

“I have done this from a loving heart for my Father Amun;
I have entered into his scheme for this first jubilee;
I was wise by his excellent Spirit, and I forgot nothing of that which he exacted.
My Majesty knoweth that he is Divine.”
-Maatkare Hatshepsut. http://www.maatkare.com/

Queen Hatshepsut was a pharaoh during Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty, an all-Black dynasty. Some historians believe she was the Pharaoh’s daughter who drew [baby] Moses out of the Nile.
Hatshepsut was married to her half-brother Thutmose II, who died quickly after he took the royal throne. She then led as co-ruler with Thutmose III, her nine-year-old nephew/stepson.  Once her nephew grew older, becoming a threat to her dominion, she locked him in the palace.
She then crowned herself king and pharaoh over Upper and Lower Egypt and built a tomb for herself in the Valley of the Kings, according to encyclopedia.com.
Instead of focusing on conquering new lands, Hatshepsut’s central focus was to open up Egypt’s trade routes She sent countless ships on voyages to trade and barter, expanding the country’s trade. She was the first pharaoh to appoint Asians to powerful positions.
A very religious leader, Hatshepsut pushed to counteract the idolization of Set, identified as the god Ba’al, the primary pagan idol of the Old Testament…
The cause of the Queen’s death is unknown. Some historians estimate that Thutmose III was about 30-years-old when she died. He was extremely angry at her, so angry that he destroyed her images and erased her name from the record of her many accomplishments.
But Hatshepsut name is still remembered and honored as “one of the most powerful women in history” (whenweruled.com).
For more information go to www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Hatshepsut.aspx or www.whenweruled.com/articles.php?lng=en&pg=16

Keith Carson Hosts “Family Journeys” Black History Event

Keith Carson

The Great Migration of African Americans to the Bay Area is a vital aspect of our collective history, yet many youth are not familiar with the story of their ancestors.  Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson is organizing a unique Black History Month event on Saturday, February 19 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Black Repertory Theatre in Berkeley to bring a glimpse of those stories to youth and adults alike.
Family Journeys: The Migration of African Americans to the Bay Area and Intergenerational Dialogue will feature an informative panel discussion where audience members will learn about the Great Migration and the contributions of African Americans to the Bay Area.  They will hear the stories of the men and women who arrived to work in the shipyards and stayed to raise families, worship and create a flourishing and diverse community and Bay Area history.
Community luminaries in the fields of Black studies, history and faith will paint a vivid picture of the complex history of African American contributions to the Bay Area economy, culture and political landscape.  The invited panelists include Professor Oba T’Shaka, Former Chair of the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University; Pastor Martha Taylor, Elmhurst Presbyterian Church; and Betty Reid Soskin, Outreach Specialist at Rosie the Riveter WWII/Home Front National Historical Park.  The panel will be moderated by Davey D of Hard Knock Radio. Read more