The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams sixteen years of research and field study to compile. The book was written at a time when many African students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way our history was taught and the way we are perceived by others and ourselves. We began to question assumptions made about our history and took it upon ourselves to create a new body of historical research.
The Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to Africans ourselves. We can not stress the importance of this book enough!