Director: Ousmane William Mbaye
This event is co-presented by Catalyst Mbongi
This film tells the story of Senegalese anthropologist, philosopher and physicist, Cheikh Anta Diop, a man who worked his entire life for truth and justice in order to strengthen historical awareness and dignity to Africa. Many consider Cheikh Anta Diop to be one of the greatest scientists after Darwin, a specialist in humanity’s origins and precolonial African culture, he demonstrated that Africa was the cradle of humanity.
After his death on February 7, 1986 newspapers ran the headlines : “The Universal Man,” “The Giant of Knowledge,” and “The Last Pharaoh.” Thirty years later, Mbaye’s film sheds light on the work of an important scientific mind, trailblazing scholar and political figure, venerated by some, decried by others, and unknown to most.
This film is followed by a conversation moderated by Dr Burnett W. Gallman with historians Baba Derrick Jackson, Sister Faida Whitaker-Mfomboutmoun, James Robenson, and Bobby Donaldson.