An educator and a journalist, Drusilla Dunjee Houston, born on June 20, , in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, was the daughter of Rev. John William Dunjee. Drusilla Dunjee Houston was a multi-talented black American woman writer of the 19th and early 20th century. While her only known published. Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire – Drusilla Dunjee Houston. Price: $ Front cover: Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire.

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Houston, Drusilla Dunjee | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

The Negro – W. How can leadership point the forward dinjee that is utterly ignorant of the past? First he expanded their family farm to produce vegetables and other produce for sale.

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Be the first to review this product! With this work, Houston is remembered as the earliest known and possibly the only African American woman to write a multi-volume study of ancient Africa where she boldly proclaimed inan African origin of civilization and culture during one of the most turbulent periods for black Americans in American history. I can assure everyone that the author [Houston] must have used considerable oil in her lamp represented by her exhaustive research, the indefatigable labor that resulted i the astonishing compilation before me Living in Oklahoma, her access to specialized libraries was limited.

Books I was only the beginning.

Wonderful Ethiopians

Houston and was one of ten siblings, only five of whom lived to adulthood. Brands View all brands. She assisted in founding the Dogan Reading Room of Oklahoma and served as the group’s president. Between and her death in Houston wrote nearly 3, editorials on subjects including the Tulsa Race Riot, the Houston Riots ofand the East St. Drusillx Requirements The essay must be wholly focused on some aspect dynjee history on black women from the U.

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Houston, Drusilla Dunjee () | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Houston was Contributing Editor but assumed major responsibility in keeping the paper financially solvent, while at the same time conducting her own research and writing on various historical and social matters. Houston was the daughter of Rev. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Regrettably, four volumes in the series appear lost, but Volume II subtitled Origin of Civilization from the Cushites was discovered in and published again in The Ruins of Empires – C.

To promote readability and conserve consumable resources, images and interactive elements in the digital version do not appear in print format. She had moved there for her health, as the dry climate was believed to benefit people with lung disease, and TB was incurable at the time. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. In she eloped with Price Houston.

Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award

Of her nine siblings, only Roscoe, Irving, Blanche, and Ella lived to adulthood. One of the letters must come from an ABWH member. Like many African American women writers swallowed up and languishing in the historical gap, Houston is one of the most prolific and all but forgotten African American women writers of the 20th century.

While we debate her theories, one historical fact is fairly clear: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Aside from her writings on ancient African history and later American history, Dunjee Houston was a multi-faceted figure, who, at one time or another during her wide-ranging career was an educator, elegist, racial uplift theorist, institution builder and journalist.

From toDunjee taught kindergarten and elementary school in Oklahoma City. Houston was always fearful that her works would be lost and forgotten and that they would never reach the audience she desired, namely the children.


Houston left her own mark as a pioneering advocate of the study of Black History. The film continued to be screened into the s. Includes an introductory note about Houston and her work, a select bibliography, commentary by James Spady, Afterword by Asa G. The most famous of her siblings was Roscoe Conkling Dunjee, Editor of the Oklahoma Black Dispatchan influential midwestern newspaper with national prominence.

Her father was influential in the American Baptist Home Missionary Society and traveled throughout the country establishing Baptist congregations in areas inhabited by poor Black rural dwellers.

She was a co-founder of the Dogan Reading Room of Oklahoma and served as its president.

Africa had several advanced civilizations in antiquity which flourished at the same time as the better known European and Asian ones. First published inDrusilla Dunjee Houston a self-taught historiandescribes the origin of civilization and establishes links among the ancient Black populations in Arabia, Persia, Babylonia, and India.

Drusilla Dunjee Houston, was a teacher, journalist and self-taught historian. Houston became an independent historian. Regrettably, all appear lost with the exception of Book II, Origin of Civilization from the Cushites which was recently discovered and published by a long time Houston researcher and scholar Dr.

All prices are in USD. Sign in or Create an account. Nevertheless, the Cushites were the earliest known Black African civilization. The other survivors included Roscoe, Irving, Blanche, and Ella. We promise to never spam you, and just use your email address to identify you as a valid customer. Through this work, Houston left her own mark as a pioneering advocate of the study of Africa, especially ancient African history and is credited with creating a Pan African framework proclaiming the African origin of civilization.

The couple settled in McAlester, in Indian Territory.