Black Studies, as a self-defined academic discipline, has its origin in the sociopolitical struggle of the 1960s when scholarly activists fought to establish the study of the Black experience in the university curriculum. Over time, Black Studies has become a multifaceted discourse that examines the philosophy and praxis of African people, covering a range of topics that include history, politics, sociology, psychology, economics, and religion. Within this interdisciplinary framework, Karenga, a pivotal scholar in the discipline, argues that Africans, both on the continent and in diaspora., are a religious people who have demonstrated a concern for spiritual realities from ancient times to the present day. Upon studying the history and theology of African religion, Karenga and other Black Studies advocates consistently begin with the traditions of the Ancient Nile Valley and continue with an examination of more recent belief systems, like those of the Dogon of Mali. (Adams 1979; Asante 2002; Diop 1974, 1991;Griaule 1978; Griaule and Dieterlen 1965; Karenga 1990, 2002; Painter 2007).