George G.M. James, Guyana’s Shining Star – A Tribute

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Sometimes in the glorious history of ideas, a great thinker is defined byone work. Francis Bacon is best known for his “Novum Organum; Herbert Spencer for “First Principles”; Thomas Hobbes for “Leviathan.” George G.M. James’ magnus opus is “Stolen Legacy.” I will attempt to show why his great book is so important in black thought.

Born in British Guiana (now Guyana) sometime during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century to Rev. Linch and Margaret James, he wrote the best-known book on the African origins of Western philosophy.

After completing elementary and secondary schooling in his native land, he went to England to further his studies. He earned B.A., B.T., and M.A. degrees from Durham University, where he was a candidate for the D.Litt. Further post-graduate work at Columbia University earned him a PhD, most likely in the Classics. He also earned a
teaching certificate in the State of New York to teach mathematics, Latin and Greek.

His university tenures were extensive. He served as Professor of Logic and Greek at Livingston College in North Carolina for 2 years. For ten years he was Professor of Languages and philosophy at Johnson C. Smith College at Charlotte, North Carolina. His teaching career ended at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, a black institution. He died under mysterious circumstances the same year his “Stolen Legacy” was published. Apparently one afternoon he left his job and friends and was later found dead in Nashville, Tennessee.

Since no biography of Dr. James exists, the truth of his death might never be known. It is disgraceful that his native Guyana has never paid tribute in any way, shape or form to this, her native son. It is more disgraceful that the University of Arkansas, a black institution, does not have a certificate on its walls acknowledging his tenure. It is even stranger, extremely perplexing, that “Stolen Legacy” was written during Dr. James’ tenure at that university, but THERE IS NO COPY OF THE BOOK IN ITS LIBRARY!!!.

The Public Library in Georgetown, Guyana, contained copies of Plato’s
“Symposium”, but no copy of ˜Stolen Legacy”, written by a Guyanese. When I was studying philosophy, George G. M. James’ name was never mentioned and I only discovered his book after college.

Why did I not hear about him or his book? Why do European scholars vilify “Stolen Legacy” at every count? Because it dared to question the usual assumptions about the origins of much of Western thinking, and prove that black people were not as dumb as we were told.

To quote Prof. Ben Jochannan, “If you ever dare to read the works of George G.M. James,you will never again be the same as before you did. He stands at head of the line with Akhenaten, Ramesis, St. Augustine, Terrence, and so many others who heeded the warning, “Man know thyself” This is great praise from one of
the great scholars of African influences in Western philosophy.

Dr. James argues that Greek philosophy and the mystery systems of Greece and Rome were stolen from Egypt, and he challenges the notion that civilization originated in Greece. His thesis in “Stolen Legacy” is that, “The Greeks were not the authors of Greek philosophy, but the people of North Africa, commonly called the Egyptians.” He painstakingly documents the African origins of
Graeco-Roman philosophical thought.

He writes, “The term Greek philosophy, to begin with, is a misnomer, for there is no such philosophy in existence. The ancient Egyptians had developed a very complex religious system called the Mysteries, which was also the first system of salvation.”

European arrogance and its notion of the white man’s burden rests on the assumption that Greece invented philosophy, the arts and the sciences. Dr. James challenged the foundations of Judaism and Judaeo-Christianity, “Stolen Legacy,” Pages 177-178 assert that the statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis with her child Horus in her arms is the origin of the Virgin Mary with the baby
Jesus in her arms.

He also contends that, “All the great religious leaders from Moses to Christ were initiates of the Egyptian Mysteries.” Dr. James also tells us that in his “Timaeus”, Plato says that aspirants for mystical wisdom
visited Egypt for initiation and were told by the priests of Sais, “You Greeks are but children” in the secret doctrine, but were admitted for information enabling them to promote their spiritual advancement.

Dr. James has been called an Afro-centrist, derived from Afro-centrism, a derisive term, that is used to describe a historical approach that argues that European scholarship has largely neglected or denied the intellectual contributions of Ancient African on their civilization and formulated ” a generally European-centered model of world civilization and history.”

Instead of complimenting historians like Prof. James and Dr. Ben Jochannan for their sterling contributions to our understanding of world history, many scholars denigrate them. For example, in “Not Out Of Africa”, Mary Lefkowitz argues that Afrocentrism is an excuse to teach myth as history. But Dr. James’ and the claim of others that ancient African intellectual traditions were the basis of European intellectual traditions is not myth, but withstand the scrutiny of history.

In “James revived”, Prof. Ben Jochannan quotes from “Ruins of Empire” by Count C.F. Volney, an eighteenth century French academic ‘of the highest esteem”, page xvii:

“There (speaking of Egypt) a people now forgotten discovered while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race of men now rejected for their black skin and wooly hair founded on the study of the laws of nature those civil and religious systems which still govern the universe.” Dr. James’ Importance

Dr. James, Prof. Yoef A.A. Ben Jochannan and others of their views teach us the truth about our ancestors. The achievements of Kimet (Africa is the derisive European term ) are startling to this day. Dr. James and others point to Kufu’s Great Pyramid (even if Eurocentrists deny Nefertiti and Cleopatra as being black, they accept that Kufu was black), the Grand Lodge at Luxor, the Pyramid Texts, the Kimetian Book of the Dead, the Kimetian Mystery Systems as
examples of African genius.

When European scholars state that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built 2,000 years before the Common Era, Dr. James and others
prove that it was built 8,000 years earlier.

When European teachers told us that Africa was “the dark continent”, he and others proved that it was the only continent of light. Indeed, men like Dr. James should be enshrined in the Intellectual Hall of Fame for those who dare expose the lies that Europe had told for so long.

Dr. George G.M. James was born in British Guiana but he belongs to the world. The movement he started was to show how Africa was the cradle of civilization and the origin of European enlightenment.

To date no biography of Dr. James exists. I hope that someone will commence research and publish a book on him. It is long overdue in the name of Black History.

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34 thoughts on “George G.M. James, Guyana’s Shining Star – A Tribute”

  1. I have yet to get a hold of this precious book, Stolen Legacy by this Great African Teacher. Everytime I come across extracts of it, I just get goosebumps!

    The teachings, the facts emanating, the energy flowing from the genetic memory charged by George G.M. James’ opus is an intellectual & spiritual pilgrimage I know I will conduct one day soon………

  2. Scott

    What are you ranting about? Do you want to discuss the thesis of G.M. James? This thesis has since been confirmed by great scholars like the Pharaoh Dr. Cheik Anta Diop, who is featured on Rasta Livewire, check his video, and Dr. Theophile Obenga, the great African sage, featured also on this website, check him.

    The Greeks who were basically a mixed race of people composing of Africans, middle Easterns and some Dorians were created and civilized by the TaMurians (Ancient Egyptians). No one argues about that these days.

    Your theories are dated and defunct. Roll over Beethoven, Chuck Berry n Rock n Roll r here!

    Bow to the sage G.M. James!


    1. On the one hand we have Skopje claiming that Alexander the Great and all [Greek] Macedonians were Slavs.
      On the other hand we have Africans claiming that we literally stole our philosophy and culture from them.

      I honestly do not know whether to laugh at all of you, or cry on your behalf, for being so desperate, mislead and ignorant…if others follow your -bad- example, it won’t be long before Paris Hilton claims she’s a direct descendant of Cleopatra who -as she will most
      likely support- was actually an Eskimo on vacation in Egypt.
      Wait a minute!
      I believe that following James’ retarded method, I can prove Cleopatra was in fact an Eskimo! Egypt is hotter than Siberia (FACT); most women enjoy showing off their curves on the beach (FACT); Cleopatra was considered a charming woman (FACT)… so YES! It all makes sense. Cleopatra couldn’t wear her new bikini in Siberia -as it was too cold- so she went to Egypt to bathe in the Nile. The Egyptians were bedazzled by her beauty and sense of fashion, and crowned her queen! I guess spurious rationalizations CAN be used as valid historical arguments…thanks to retards like James.

      All joking aside, we all know Cleopatra was Greek-Macedonian…

      But one might ask : Why you try to steal Greek history? Because lost souls, people like you and the Skopje Bulgarians and Slavs, NEED to have a history to tell and there is no greater history than GREEK history. So, why not claim (STEAL) Greek history? After all, what have YOU got to lose? Of course people might laugh at you, in the same way I’m laughing at you, but compared to what you have to win, ridicule and embarrassment is a small price to pay. James silly stories and spurious theories have been repeatedly refuted by many scholars, yet here you are trying to convince us he’s a “sage”.

      You said that “No one argues about that -James’ theories- these days.”

      Here is a recent article (December 2009) that exposes his ignorance :
      Here is a bonus article – not so much related to James’ book, as it is to Afrocentrism – on the notion that Africans are a superior race !!! Maybe I shouldn’t be arguing with that idea – I might get labeled as a racist !!! Hmmm…Afro-Nazis. How original and refreshing :

      There are many MANY scholars that have exposed the “historian” James as a fraud and failure, yet accepted him as an imaginative storyteller – or should I say fairytale writer.

      At his point, I would like to pose a question :
      In regards to Chapter Two of James’ fraudulent and ridicilous book; how many great and world renowned philosophers and scholars can you name that produced their work during a period of absolute peaceful internal (physical, mental & spiritual) and external (quiet & uninterrupted) state?

      MANY great scholars, philosophers and writers, even music composers, have lived turbulent lives, have been prosecuted, have lived in sadness and poverty, yet they managed to produce their most valued works – even during times of illness, war, and/or severe emotional stress.
      Marx, Dostoevsky, Schopenhauer, Sartre, Boethius, Kafka, Freire, Mozart, are just a few examples of people that were tormented either by sadness, illness, rejection, or even prosecution, imprisonment and fear of death. Of course, that did not stop them from producing their highly praised work.
      Was James not educated enough to be familiar with their work and the conditions under it was produced? Or was he in fact an idiot, addressing other idiots? Or perhaps both?

      Because, after all, James believed it is impossible for philosophy to bloom & flourish during turbulent times !!! If that is not idiocy I really don’t know what is…

      Last but not least, let us not forget what Heraclitus said about war :
      “War is the father of all things and king of everything. Some men it turns to gods, and some to (common) people”.
      It was in fact war that made Greeks the gods you envy so much.

      As far as your last comment is concerned :
      I do not bow to clowns, idiots and charlatans like James. In fact, I do not bow to anyone.
      I am Greek.
      I KNOW the TRUE history of my ancestors – you and all the sages (sic) you bow to, are way too ignorant and malevolent to challenge the truth.

      Keep drinking the James Kool-Aid and I’ll make sure you’ll keep getting played.

      1. Sott

        There is nothing new in your neurotically marred argument. You have a tinge of racism in your idiotic sneer but we do not need to explore those monkey like tendencies. We will get down to your point which is that according to your false authorities, ancient Greeks developed an indigenous civilization which they then exported to Egypt. But there lies your delusion, mis-education and lack of critical thinking.

        Egypt was the fount of civilization and had reached the summit of human attainment 3000 years before Greece was even settled. The Greeks were still savages by the time the Egyptians had mapped the stars, developed chemistry, alpha-beta, government, metallury, philo-sophia, etc.

        Herodotus the Greek accepts that the entire Greek civilization including its Gods and religions came from Egypt.

        Pythagoras was a disciple of the Egyptian school of Hermes Trismegistus. If you knew the importance of Pythagoras in Greek history you would begin to understand…

        The Holy Bible, the Holy Koran, the Greek Myths all sing of the greatness of the Egyptians, and the Sudanese, and the Puntities.

        These sources of yours are puny, infantile and vain. They cannot re-write history nor change reality..

        Wise up.


      2. Your ancestors were bunch of illiterates.Firstly,Alexander the Butcher(Homsexual) could read nor write.After his thugs Aristotle and his gang thieves ransack the library, they could not translate what they stole.It them some years before they were able to do so.There is NOTHING as Greek history or Philosophy,all copied and stolen from the AFRICANS.We need no arguments nor debates about our own with a RETARDED EUROCLOWN like.Everything you claim to have belongs to us.You live lies and will die with lies.Europeans are bunch of LIARS.

      3. Is that why the first thing Alexander the “great” did upon arrival was to raid the Egyptian libraries? And that quote about war is the dumbest I ever heard. Next you’ll say that Imhotep was not, among other things (world traveler, architect..) the father of medicine, that the staff with snakes intertwined is not of Egyptian origin. He did perform brain surgery, you know. I know what the Greeks are famous for, “greek”. By the way, Bush first raided the libraries of Iraq too.

    2. You should applaud the significance of this post as I do. It is very important for Black and White people to continue the effort to find the facts and spread the message. I am posting this reply almost three years after your post, however, I want to share with the writer and others just how much I appreciate this information. There is very little information on George G.M. James and I intend to continue to research this Historian and Scholar and honor commitment to research and scholarship.

    1. Loser! You cannot respond.

      This is what happens when wanna-be internet scholars start making claims they cannot substantiate.

      You have failed to live up to the challenge I posed which is:

      G. James’ book is still so powerful that white supremacists like Mary Lefkowitz are left still fighting to rebut the premises of this book, even 40 years after the book was first published.

      The greatest scholars in the world accept G. James thesis. Our hero and your nemesis Cheik Anta Diop validated G. James before the UNESCO committe on world history in 1976. Cheik had PH.D in about three fields of study. Dr. Theophile Obenga PH.D validated G. James. Dr. Clyde Winters PH.D validated James. Dr Molefi Asante PH.D validated James’ books and thesis. And thousands of other PH.Ds, M.As, and LL.Ms, all validate and worship G. James as a classical work on history.

      The direct narrative of ancient Greeks support G. James’ works..

      Greek civilization was stolen from the Egyptians because Greece was yet thousands of years from being civilized when Egypt was the world’s classical civilization and the light of humanity.

      The Egyptian civilization is three thousand years older than Greece. Go read Herodotus book History instead of fooloing around on cheap quality websites.


      Welcome to Rastalivewire, where we humble your hubris and angst.


  3. scott is suffering from the death of the white mystique. we’re living in the midst of the white mystique decline. what a glorious day to witness the last cycle of the concept of whiteness…and quite possibly the last cycle of the most physically weak humans to inhabit the planet earth! the sun is literally melting them. he may wanna drink some of that kool aid in the raw form of hatsheptsut or the mixed form of a cleo to secure himself a place on our future planet! the greek/white/devil reign caused so much damage to the planet that only hue(melanin)mans will survive what’s to come. the only GREEK concept that stood the test of time is homosexuality and religious (catholic) relations with little boys. good luck caligula. ; )

    1. Love you sister Serene. Well Europeans have calcified pineal gland and that makes them less intelligent to us AfricanS. Scott is a RETARDED EUROCLOWN so he can’t think properly as all PSYCOPATHIC RACIST BIGOTS do . He could also be an HOMOSEXUAL PERVERT. The time is up for Europeans and so they are running scared.
      We have to tell our own story no more European His-story crap because those day are gone. Now we know our HISTORY.

  4. scott. your own white scientist states ,that the first humans come from africa. that means you come from negros. whites get cancer from the sun. if the sun is your enemy you guys are in trouble. i know i cant spell or write, but uguys get the jist of what i’m saying. this is not eye serene she is educated i’m not .just a friend of hers.

  5. cleopatra is mixed. mixed means n***** in this country.obama is mixed cleopatra is mixed. the egyptians are still in africa they are called somolians and ethiopians. they look just like them. like iman the supermodel from somolia uknow that chick that was in the remember the times video by michale jackson. she played queen nefertiti. this is not eye serene. can’t spell or write bare with me.

  6. not eye serene. the name is jo jo. any way.africans come in all hues from light to dark. straight features, full features. nappy hair to semi straight. i have a ethiopian friend and he is dark as tar and has straight hair. white come in one color, ghost color. even hitler thought and knew the greeks were not pure whites,fact. the only pure whites,ayrian.are swedes. fact, if you are not blond blue eyed you are not pure white. greeks are not pure, wow look how italy is so close to africa makes you think. again, if you are not blond and blue eyed u are not pure white.

  7. Greeks were the origin of civilization thesame as Christopher Columbus discovered America…….. ohh before I forget, he discovered it when the natives already had complex civilizations . well, never mind, lest forgot that and still consider that the greeks are the origin of civilization….. morons…

  8. So if the Greeks stole their philosophy from Egypt, what was stopping the Egyptians from writing their philosophy down as the Greeks did? Just because an idea is plagiarized doesn’t stop the original idea, text or document from existing. No one was stopping the Egyptians from doing so. Zero credible evidence adds up to an idea not being true. The proponents of this theory think that if they just say it often enough, long enough, it must be true. It is pure sophistry — to use a Greek term.

    1. Very well argued Babs!
      James himself argued that the Egyptians were hoarding their knowledge for their secret societies so this mysticality became a reality when the Greeks educated themselves with it and refined it: like Mozart transcribing the forbidden Miseriery on his trips to the Vatican. We are now blessed with this beautiful music; so we are fortunate to have the Greek transposition of a type of knowledge that was never going to be known if the Greeks had been selfish enough to keep up the conspiracy of keeping it hidden (crypto). James himself would never have known about any of it, far less to ague about it. I believe that James was just a frustrated academic who became tired of being taunted by racists, themselves mostly the educated ignorant. Philosophy is now fit for human consumption as it were, and not just for the mystics.

    2. And most the “Egyptians” of today are not the original inhabitants. They don’t want the truth to come out either, that the Egyptian Dynasty is a product of all dark skinned people. Most of the inhabitants of Egypt today can trace their origin to Turkey and the Ottoman Empire.

  9. @babs, they did commit their knowledge to writing (practice as well). what you fail to understand, or accept is that the greek settlers and fake arabs each cyclically burned or demolished the famed libraries and institutions of khemet. and i guess you would know about sophistry, since europeans have been hustling masses since they were illumined by the moors–one of the sources of your acclaimed institutions of learning.

  10. @babs. Let me say this, Egyptians and African have always wrote their history down. First on papyrus and then in STONE. They figure the papyrus material wasn’t lasting, so they started putting it in stone for people like you can enjoy thousands and thousands years later. Delphi was an outpost of the Memphite Theology in Egypt, which goes back thousands of years before Greek civilisation ever existed. Greeks went to Egypt to be educated, they brought back the Egyptian religion which angered the government in Athens. Entering the Temple at Memphis the inscription on the pillars ‘know thyself’ is where the Delphi got it from. Athens burnt down the Delphi for corrupting the youths and it was the Egyptian who financed the rebuilding of the Delphi

  11. To all the doubters of George GM James’ book Stolen Legacy. This book has never been out of print since it was published in 1954. I am positive its not only Black people who keep it in print. Historians and Scholars all reference this book, but never admit to reading it. WHY IS THAT

  12. I have been to Egypt this year for 1month specifically to Alexander, Cairo, Giza, Suqqara and Luxor. I have seen with my own eyes the wonderful pyramids temples and tombs and I have also visited for extensive periods of time the Cairo Imhotep and Luxor museums. In Addition; I have also seen the Karnak Temple which is in Luxor the oldest and biggest temple in the world. I have witnessed the art works, writings and on the wall that our ancient African brothers and sisters have laid out for us to see so I have to fully agree with George G. M. James book “The Stolen Legacy” It is pure truth!! I read his book before I made the journey home to the Mother Land!!!! I have to say the what’s disturbing is that when visiting Egypt you will notice a lot of our statues having been defaced. The nose and lips are missing off of too many of our statues which is a obvious attempt by the Europeans to remove African presence out of Kemit (Egypt). Before there was the name Egypt it was called Ethiopia, Kush, Kemit ….Alkebulan!!!! Europeans have always and still do go through greats extremes to re-name, re-claim, steel, take, fake, rob, kill, destroy, burn down, turn around upside down anything that they can get their greed driven hands on pertaining to the Africa!!! My brothers and sisters….continue to seek your truth/history and liberate your minds!!!!! peace!!

  13. There are texts that support the fact that greeks were taught in Ancient Kemet. Some even admit to the fact. Give proper credit where it is due.

  14. I gave this book to my sun. Extremely well documented&precise. Sad to say I didn’t know about the murder cover up. Another victim for awakening the mentally dead. I will no devote more time in the study of “George GM James life&works

    1. It’s this simple, so-called whites are our children and they don’t have Genetic make up to prove anything, we been here. The Originals they are Carbon copies!! Get your DNA UP!!

  15. This happens all of the time. When Blacks claim their history, whites lose their minds. Immaturity, as well as racism abounds. When you try to hold them to a point, they usually just throw they toys and then disappear. They are only emotional about the situation. But you have to understand, they have only images of the very, very few Africans that live in the bush and appear uncivilized to them, which by the way, is how they are presented.

  16. If I only started wearing baseball caps I would symbolically take my cap off too Dr. George James and countless others

  17. I am concerned that there may be pirated reproduced copies of “Stolen Legacy” by Dr. George G.M. James in print today by people who don’t possess copyright legal rights to it. Amazon, Walmart, Barnes and Nobles, and on and on. Where can I get a copy of the original text? There is a website called with an article called, “An Investigation into the Death of Professor George G.M. James.” He was born on 11-9-1893 and passed away on 6-30-1956. There is a copy of the death certificate. He was treated for leukemia at a Black Hospital. The person who wrote the article states that one still cannot rule out the possibility of fowl play with Dr. James’ untimely passing and death shortly after he published “Stolen Legacy.”

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