Historical Sketches of the Ancient Negro (1920) by Edward and Josephine sought to correct the image of their African ancestors in the perception of Afro-Americans. The authors explore the ancient history of Kush, Ethiopia, Nubia and other African kingdoms, relying on Biblical text and other primary sources to retell the story of black Africans from an Afrocentric point of view, and providing an important early contribution to Ancient African history.
In describing the Ethiopians of the Kingdom of Kush, the authors point to Zipporah and Tharbis, the wives of Moses. Queen Candace, whose eunuch was baptized by Phillip, was an Ethiopian and one of a long line of Candaces (queens) of Kush. Ebed-Melech, the man who rescued the prophet Jeremiah from the pit prison was an Ethiopian. Solomon's renowned visitor, Makeda, queen of Sheba, was another Ethiopian sovereign.
This work is a valuable resource for those interested in Ancient Africa’s contributions to civilization.