- Prior to the Greek use of the word “Egypt,” Africans referred to their land as Kemet, that is, the Black Land. “Kemet” was the strongest term used by the ancients in Pharaonic times to indicate blackness. It meant “coal black.” The word Kemet (KMT), written in hieroglyphic form, was represented by a block of wood, which was charred on the end. The name which the people of Kemet called themselves was Kemmiu, which literally translates as “The Blacks.”
- The word “Kemiu” was also used to describe the vast population that inhabited a considerable portion of the Nile Valley In ancient times, there was no physical distinction made between the people who occupied the lands now called Egypt and sudan. The ancient Egyptians saw themselves as “Blacks.” Who were portrayed as no different from other blacks in Africa, but were physically and phenotypically, different from the Indo-Europeans (Caucasoids) or the Semites (Mulattos).
Charles Finch informs us that the ancient Egyptian word:
…for the African lands to the south of them was “Khenti – ‘Khentiu’ denoting the Sudanic peoples who lived there – and this is also their word for ‘first foremost, beginning, origin, (and) chief’