This is a speech delivered to the Greater Imani Church in Memphis Tennessee. Kwame Toure (formerly Stokeley Carmichael a friend of T’Shaka is acknowledged and is in the audience).
This speech identifies the central idea presented in the book, that a key reason that in ancient African societies there was no abuse of women, children or elders is because the family system was balanced and gave power and respect to males and females, and in many cases gave greater respect to the female than the male. Dr. T’Shaka defines this family system as not patriarchy where men ruled or matriarchy where women ruled. Nor was it matrilineal where the person’s last name came from the mothers line, nor -patrilineal where a person’s ancestry was traced through the fathers ancestors. T’Shaka’s extensive research reveals that ancient African families were Twin-lineal, meaning that a person was descended from male and female ancestors (father and mother, grandmother and grandmother) and power was balanced between males and females.
This balanced empowerment made African women essential in every phase of life, from the economy, to decision making (politics) to religion where God was believed to have both masculine and feminine qualities to the cosmos that was centered around male/female principles. In this speech T’Shaka demonstrates how the Twin-Lineal model can be used to restore balance in Black families today.