On January 30, 2020, we interviewed Mfundishi Jhutyms, a respected community elder and master teacher, at 121 W. 125th Street & Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem—a street celebrated for black arts, culture, entertainment, and its rich history in Black culture, including the world-famous Apollo theater. We appreciate him for sharing insights on race, roots, culture, and Black history during the interview.

As one of the elders what year did you become part or the conscious community?

1964 as a member of the Organization of African American Unity under Malcolm X, El –Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

First time you went to Africa and when is your next tour?

My first trips to Afrika was Tanzania, in 1971 when I graduated from Norfolk State Univ. my second was 1976 to Ghana. My next tour trip to Afrika is Aug. 15th to Egypt for a week and Ghana for a week. This well make 30 trips to Egypt.

What are most people interested in when they see you on the street?

They want to buy my books “Spiritual Warriors are Healers and my new book; Mentchu-hotep and the spirit of the Medjay! Next they want me to recommend the right crystals for their life journey.

Is gentrification making your business better or worse?

It’s not really effecting my business right now, because a lot of my black business is from out of town and tourist! Black people in Harlem are not book buyers, all the black bookstores in Harlem went out of business.

What books would you recommend someone who is new to culture?

My books of course Mfundishi Jhutyms Hassan Salim, then Dr. Ben, Dr. Clarke, Dr. Diop, Dr Jacob Carruthers, Dr. Asa Hillard., George G. M James, Ayi Kwesi Armah, Chinua Achebe, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Dr. Van Sertima, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Edgar Ridley, I want my readers to know the names of these great authors, so the souls will be remembered forever!

They did DNA testing on Ramesses II and King Tut both test came back matching the majority of people of Central and South Africa according to DNA Tribes Digest January 1, 2012. Is it by design that most people are unaware of this?

Yes, Egyptology was created to falsify History and make the greatness of North east Afrika White! And naturally the ancient Egyptians had to be white, even though they painted themselves black! And all this greatness from Northeast Afrika really is European Greek and Roman.

How did Egypt build the Great Pyramids?

First of all, with a lot of Love, and innerstanding of nature and our solar system and divine mathematics, so is above, so is below. The Great Pyramid was a power plant a great energy grid, energy transmitter, water purifier, meditation and divine ceremony center, initiation center Kalendar and the list goes on!

Did ancient Christians worship Allah before Muslims?

No the worship of Allah that is used in the religion of Islam came after Christianity and is an extension of Christianity, they both worship the Old testament.

Any last words of advice?

Afrikans have the right to share in the glory of ancient Kemet no matter where they are from, the diaspora or east or west Afrika. One of the main academic proponents of the view that the ancient Egyptian civilization was founded by black Africans was the Senegalese historian Cheikh Anta Diop.

“Ancient Egypt was a Afrikan civilization. The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in the air and cannot be written correctly until African historians dare to connect it with the history of Kemet (Egypt). The African historian who evades the problem of Egypt is neither modest nor objective nor unruffled. He is ignorant, cowardly and neurotic. The ancient Egyptians were Black Afrikans. The moral fruit of their civilization is to be counted among the assets of the Black world.” Cheikh Anta Diop, taken from The African Origin of Civilization.

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