Saturday, October 25, 2008

Conference: Third Eye conference to explore King Tut's ethnicity

Dallas News

What was the ethnicity of King Tut? Because Egypt is on the northern region of the African continent, some black culture enthusiasts vigorously proclaim long-standing theories that black Africans can claim the young pharaoh as a racial kinsman.

The Third Eye, a black history, heritage and culture study group, will explore King Tut's ethnicity as the topic of the group's 23rd annual African Awakening Conference, from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.

The conference is an independent event designed to coincide with the much-heralded exhibition of Tutankhamun's artifacts and mummified body through May 17at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Third Eye topic is "King Tut is Back and He's Still Black: The African Heritage of King Tutankhamun," a nod to the exhibition's previous U.S. tours and the mummy's skin that appears black. Noted Nile Valley history scholar Ashra Kwesi is the main speaker.

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