Dr. Phillip True is a co-founder of Brhombicosidodecahedron (Brhombic) an educational technology company that focuses on providing information on the history of people of color by converting published literature and information into digital format.
As a computer engineer in the 1980’s, True would never have imagined where his degrees, skills and experience would take him. After a very rewarding career in technology, True took a leap of faith and founded Computerized Educational Resources, Inc. (CER), in which he designed a software system that would allow any number of software products to be created using one authoring system. Products such as Breaking Language Barriers and African Kings & Queens, an African history series from the origin of man to the present day, were all created using the same platform. CER later developed educational CD-ROM software products; the first being “The African American Experience: A History” for Simon & Schuster, the “Negro Leagues Dream Teams” and “Lessons from History.” Housed in a technology center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, True’s products gained such notoriety that he and his staff received a visit from the then Vice President, Al Gore as he recognized cutting-edge small businesses throughout the country. However, this sweet taste of success was just the beginning of what would become a long and transformational journey.
While creating educational products, and throughout the research process, Dr. True came to the realization that there was still a lot of history that he had yet to learn. Fortunately, he was positioned to meet the late African Historian/Lecturer/Author/ Professor, Dr. John Henrik Clarke. After meeting Dr. Clarke and beginning to learn from him, True expressed his desire to “follow in his footsteps and carry his mantle.” Clarke’s response was, “Many people have said that; few people are willing to do the work.” True used that as motivation to dive into what he quickly learned were (and he often refers to as) “the missing pages” of history. At the suggestion of Clarke, True immersed himself in books, including, but not limited to: Ancient Egypt Light of the World by Gerald Masseyand Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man by Albert Churchward. This would catapult Dr. True into a life-long journey and relentless pursuit of knowledge, enlightenment, and self-awareness which would make his mentor and trusted friend, Dr. Clarke, proud.
Today, Dr. True is one of the country’s most well-respected, and widely sought-out African historians, with his primary focus being African history in antiquity and metaphysics. True boasts a large, and unrivaled collection of the rarest books and documents in existence (many of them which are no longer published and/or available for purchase, and a great number to which he owns the exclusive rights). True shares this information with the many students and mentees that he has taken under his wing, in hope that they will carry the torch forward for many generations to come. True also continues to dedicate much of his time to changing the trajectory of lives within the black community, through his many endeavors within the educational realm.
In addition to public speaking engagements, guest appearances at colleges and universities around the country, and educational consulting with public school districts throughout the US., True’s published works have also established him as one of the premier authorities on African and African-American history. The combination of Dr. True’s exceptional knowledge, background in technology, and innovative ideas have given birth to his dream of creating a space which transcends time; a space where ancient African history meets modern technology, so that the missing pages of history are well-documented, preserved, and accessible to all people.