At various periods in ancient times, the “Land of the Blacks” meant all of Ethiopia, all Ethiopia meant all Africa, and all Blacks were Africans or Ethiopians or Thebans, etc. There were numerous independent states in the Western Lands of the Blacks (Western Sudan) that may have claimed a membership alliance with the Ethiopian Empire as an expression of pride - nothing more than a symbolic gesture to the great state that was the “Mother of the Race” and which bore the race’s name, Ethiopian.
It is well known that “Ethiopian” is the Greek rendering of Black or the “sun-burnt people”. All honors must go to the Ancient Greek and Roman historians who did not seem to know what racism is, certainly not as it developed in modern white civilization. They in dealing with Africa simply “told it like it was”. Pliny, Herodotus, Diodorus, Eratosthenes, Plutarch, et al., along with the Bible, all refute the interpretations of African history by modern Caucasians.
Dr. Chancellor Williams