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NUBIAN PHARAOHS AND MEROITIC KINGS: THE KINGDOM OF KUSH Necia Desiree Harkless has completed her odyssey of 24 years initiated by a poem that emerged in the odd moments of early morning and her studies as a Donovan Scholar at the University of Kentucky with Dr. William Y. Adams, the leading Nubiologist of the world. The awesome result is her attempt to map the cultural, social, political history of Nubia “as a single people as actors on the world stage as they act out their destinies in the cradle of civilization.” The underlying purpose of her book “is to reconstruct the collective efforts of the past and present Nubian campaigns and their collaborative scholarship so that the African American as well as all Americans can begin to understand the contributions of the civilization of Africa and Asia as a continuous historical entity.” The history of the Kingdom of Kush begins with its earliest kingdom of Kerma in 2500 BC. It continues with the conquest of Egypt by the Nubian Pharaohs in 750 BC, reluctantly recognized as the Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egyptian Pharaohs. They ruled as black pharaohs from their Kingdom at Napatan until they were forced one hundred years later to retreat to Napata by the Assyrians who assumed control of the Egyptians. It was at Meroe, the last empire of the Kush, that forty generations of Meroitic kings and queens continued the Kingdom of Kush reaching monumental and dynastic heights. Their symbiotic relationship with Egypt was over, allowing them to develop their own indigenous culture with a language and script of their own. Their architecture, arts , politics , material and spiritual culture in the minds of many scholars surpassed that of Egypt. Over two hundred pyramids have been investigated. It is an epic that will be long remembered. The dawn of Christianity in the Kingdom of Kush has been found in the treasure cove of the Frescoes of Faras.


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Dr. Necia Desiree Harkless, a native of Detroit Michigan, is a nationally and internationally known scholar in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development, Leadership and Multi-Cultural Education. She has served as an educational consultant throughout the United States, assisting school districts and other organizations develop new programs for children parents and others. She received a fellowship at the University of Illinois to train future teachers. Education : Prairie View State and Agricultural College,( Hempstead,Texas) B.A.(Education and Social Science),1942; Detroit Institute of Musical Art, B.A., 1960; University of Illinois, Champaign, Urbana, M.A., 1969; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, ED.D. (Education), 1974. Memberships: Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission; Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence; Kentucky Youth Orchestra Board; Advisory Board of the Governor's School for the Arts; Lay Eucharistic Minister, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church; Prison Ministry, Blackburn Prison Correctional Complex; Advisory Board, Georgetown College Underground Railroad Research Institute; and The International Society for Nubian Studies. Career: Michigan Department of Social Welfare, Caseworker, 1946-56; Detroit Institute of Musical Arts, Piano and Theory teacher; Detroit Public Schools, Kindergarten Teacher, 1965-1968; Wayne State University College of Education, 1968-74; University of Kentucky, 1974-1981; Georgetown College, 1981-1985; and Donovan Scholar, University of Kentucky 1985-present. Publications: Heart to Heart: Poems and Heart Images by Necia Desiree Harkless; Childress: Touched Many One Man by Ann Taylor Wright, published by Heart to Heart and Associates, Dr. Necia Desiree Harkless, Second Edition, University of Kentucky Library Press; 'Three Black Madonnas in My Life' in She is Everywhere, iUniverse Press. May 8, 2002 was awarded Georgetown College's Doctor of Letters honoris causa for her commitment to the advancement of arts and education; exhibitor of her art in Georgetown's Anne Wright Wilson Art Gallery and elsewhere; curriculum development projects in two universities in Nigeria; state delegate to the International Women's Year conference in Houston Texas; The World Conference on Early Childhood Education in Melbourne, Australia.
Published August 30, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 262 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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