Drusilla Dunjee Houston (1876-1941) was a teacher, journalist, and self-taught historian. Inspired by the works of WEB DuBois, Houston undertook a quest to discover African history from an African American perspective. In Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire, Houston identifies the Kushite civilization of Sudan, with its capital city Meroe, to be the cradle of humanity. She examines ancient Egypt to the north, the land and people of Ethiopia to the south, and on to Arabia, to find elements of Kushite culture. From there, she turns her gaze to Mesopotamia, to the land of Chaldea and to Babylonia, the land of marvels, and beyond to the Medes and Persians. Finally, Houston investigates the civilization of India, Hindu religion, and literature to round off her interesting thesis.