The height of imperial 'Black Power' in the ancient world was probably New Kingdom Kemet, which was very imperial. However, Kemet managed only to extend east into the Levant and south as far as the 4th-5th Cataract.
On the other hand, this is the Islamic empire at its height (in extent).
Robert Goldston, Sword of the Prophet (1979): 72:
“The domain of Islam stretched from the Pyrenes to the Himalayas, from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, from central Asia to Central Africa. Not only had the Arabs conquered this huge area, but they had remained to govern it…In all of recorded history their accomplishment remains unique.”
David Levering Lewis, God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 (2008): 3:
“the Arabs accomplished the greatest revolution in power, religion, culture and wealth in history”
The “Arabs” that achieved this “unique” accomplishment were black-skinned Arabs, descendents of the Africans who settled in Arabia several millennia prior. This is documented in Arabic, Latin, Chinese and Persian sources. The Islamic Empire was the work of the Black Rashidun caliphs of Medina (Abu Bak, Umar, Uthman) and the Black Umayyad caliphs in Damascus and Al-Andulus. Dana Marniche, in her important article “Fear of Blackness: Descriptions and Ethnogenesis of the original Afro-Arabian tribes of ‘Moorish’ Spain,“ affirms :
“Although the Arabians were not the first to be called Moors, it was the color of the people leaving the peninsula of Arabia that was mainly due the use of the term ‘Moor’ for black and woolly haired people in Spain, France, Italy and other parts of Europe in Islamic times. When the Chanson de Roland which speaks of the time of the Moorish battles in Gallic France speaks of ‘those hordes and hordes blacker than the blackest ink – no shred of white on them except their teeth…’ it is no mere exaggeration. Anyone familiar with the Arabic writings of the Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian historians up until the 14th century knows that this is also their description of the early ‘pure’ Arab clans of the Arabian peninsula.”
Authentic Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula
Sir Roland and Saracens, Battle of Roncevaux. Miniature from Charles V’s, Grandes chroniques de France (ca. 1370s)
Never since the rise of White Supremacy and the sleep of God’s people has there been such a display of ‘Black Power.’ In order to achieve this global empire of Black Power, these black-skinned Arab Muslims had to demolish the existing white power structure which consisted of the Byzantine and the Sasanian Empires.
Byzantine Empire (330 CE - 1453)
Sassanian Empire at its apogee (224–651)
The Byzantines and Sasanians ruled much of the known world, including Africa, for centuries prior to the rise of the Islamic Empire. The Black Muslims demolished the southern portion of the Byzantine Empire, freeing Africa, and totally decimated the Sasanian Empire. Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth of Reality(1967): 119 notes:
“Except for the Islamic breakthrough, Europe has ruled Africa down to the present day.”
This Islamic “breakthrough” that temporarily freed Africa from Europe’s rule was a “Black Islamic breakthrough”.
Where else in the annals of recorded history for the last 6000 years can one document a comparable display of Black Power? The coming of Master Fard Muhammad (TWAPID) initiated the process that will eventually eclipse this, but that process has not fully played itself out yet. We still have a long way to go, I believe.
The guardians of White Supremacy since the rise of the Islamic Empire continue to acknowledge Black Islam as its cheif threat. After overthrowing the Byzantines in North Africa the Muslims (Black Arab and African) headed to Europe and, after defeating the Visigoth army and killing the last Visigoth king, Roderick, in 711 they added the Iberian Peninsula to the Islamic empire. For 800 years Black (and mulatto) Muslims called Moors ruled southwest Europe. As a consequence, in the psyche of White Christian Europe the Black Muslim incarnated evil itself. As James Brunson and Runoko Rashidi note in their articel, "Moors in Antiquity":
"because of his dark complexion and Islamic faith, the Moor became in Europe a symbol of guile, evil, and hate."
The material coming out of Europe during this period leaves no room to doubt that the Black Muslim was perceived as thegreatest threat to White Christendom. This fact is probably illustrated by the 11th century coat of arms commemorating Peter III of Aragon’s victory over the Moors in 1096. During the battle four Moorish princes fell. On the coat of arms their black heads surround a Christian cross. This was updated on a gold coin after 1700 by King Charles of Hapsburg. These Black Muslim heads on this European Christian coat of arms undoubtedly symbolized victory over the perceived chief threat.
Hapsburg gold coin of Aragon coat of arms. From Sertima, GoldenAge.
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (d. 1950) was an influential American political scientist and white supremacist. He was also an historian with a History degree from Harvard University. As an historian he was a keen student of Islamic history in particular as his book, The New World of Islam, clearly displays. Stoddard was concerned with the fall of White Supremacy and rise of the world of color. HE documented this trend and his fears of it in his work, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy. In it he makes an important confession:
"Concerning Islam’s steady progress in black Africa there can beno shadow of a doubt. Every candid European observer tells the same story. ‘Mohammedanism,’ says Sir Charles Elliot, ‘can still give the natives a motive for animosity against Europeans…’Twenty years ago another English observer, T.R. Threlfall, wrote: ‘…The rapid spread of militant Mohammedanism among the…tribes to the north of the equator is a serious factor in the fight for racial supremacy in Africa…’ Islam is as yet unknown south of the Zambezi, but white men universally dread thepossibility of its appearance…"
Black Islam continues to be the cheif threat against White Supreamcy.
Cartoon from 1964 edition of Esquire Magazine depicting the former late president of France, Charles de Gaulle , speaking to white world leaders including Moshe Dayan and others from Israel and other places, pointing to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and declaring: "Were it not for this man, we would have a glorious future."
Newsweeks Magazine anouncing that, once again, the face of 'Islamic terror' is Black.