In 1988, the course of Max Viltz’s life was profoundly affected by a trip to Egypt, led by an Egyptologist, Dr. Josef Ben-Jochannan, from Cornell University. The doctor led groups of African-Americans to Egypt to give a better understanding of African history in that country.
Viltz said she was impressed by “the realization of the positive impact Black Africans had in that country. It stood in great contrast to the impressions most people in the West have due to negative media images.”
Once back home, Max and co-founder Femi Viltz started the African Study Group in Long Beach, “to share the missing pages of this African history. To learn that we had this great culture and history of empires with kings and queens was amazing.”
Viltz made numerous trips to different parts of Africa, learning more and collecting artifacts along the way. This led to a life-changing leap of faith. She left a rewarding, stable, 25-year job with Boeing to…