(Historian / Primary Researcher)
Director, Advancing The Research (ATR)
+1 (510) 878-7279
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Oakland, CA, USA 96421

Professor Manu Ampim is a historian and primary (first-hand) researcher specializing in African and African American history and culture. He has a Master of Arts in History/African American Studies from Morgan State University. His master’s thesis, “The Revolutionary Martin Luther King, Jr.” (1989) is being expanded into a two-volume work entitled, Martin Luther King: The Evolution of a Revolutionary.

He has taught in the Department of History at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), and at San Francisco State University in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Also, Ampim has studied at Oxford University in England, and collaborated on a NASA-sponsored research project, which examined the ancient climate and migration patterns in Africa. Currently, Prof. Ampim is a tenured professor of History and Africana Studies at Contra Costa College (San Pablo, CA). He is also the director of Advancing the Research (Oakland, CA), where he created a 7-Step Primary Research Methodology home study course. 

Professor Ampim has taken educational tours to North Africa and Central America. In addition, from 1989-1991 he conducted an extensive pioneering 13-country research tour to all of the major museums, institutes and libraries throughout America, Europe and Canada, which house ancient Kushite, Nubian, and Egyptian artifacts. Since the 1990s, he has completed various field research projects in Egypt, Nubia, Sudan, and Ethiopia to continue his primary research at dozens of field sites and museums to study ancient African social organization and spiritual culture, pyramid construction science, document modern forgeries, and to record the vanishing evidence of classical African civilizations in the Nile Valley. In 2012, he co-founded the Save Nubia Project, a campaign of Advancing the Research, which is focused on preserving the archaeological sites of ancient Kush and Nubia in the Sudan, which are threatened by the construction of large dams. Ampim’s Winter 2022 field research in 4 East African countries is the continuation of his pioneering work among the living indigenous cultures to uncover the historical origins of ancient Kush, which is a field of study he has coined as “Kushology.”

Prof. Ampim’s most extensive set of articles is the six-part essay on “The Vanishing Evidence of Classical African Civilizations.” He has written a pioneering book on Black community development and the influence of the current Africentric movement, and he has also written several essays in Egypt: Child of Africa (1994), edited by Ivan Van Sertima. He has written a new introduction to the classic work, Stolen Legacy (1954) by George G.M. James, and has exposed the great Willie Lynch hoax in his 2013 book, Death of the Willie Lynch Speech, which contains the confession letter of the alleged forger. Ampim’s recent book is A History of African Civilizations (2nd ed., 2023) and his most influential work will be his long-awaited book, Modern Fraud, which is the documentation of the Rahotep and Nofret statues as among the greatest forgeries in the history of ancient African archaeology.

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