- Written by Samuel Justiss Vance
The first step pyramid was designed by Imhotep. He was a brilliant architect and physician who enriched Egyptian culture and, as a Black innovative intellectual, shared great knowledge with Egypt during the time of Pharaoh Djoser (2687-2668 B.C.). His contributions and influence in Egypt have lasted into modern times and will be visible for future generations.
Imhotep is germane to this dialogue because he is a perfect example of how far back Black intellectualism goes. It is unfortunate indeed that there are people that believe that Black intellectualism started with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or Frederick Douglass. Nothing could be further from the truth — Black intellectualism is a gift that has been passed down through the ages.