Slavery always has, and always will, produce insurrections where it exists, because it is a violation of the natural order of things, and no human power can much longer perpetuate it.--abolitionist Angelina Grimke in her 1836 Appeal to the Christian
The chattel slavery of Africans instituted in the Americas tended to oppress not only by race but also by gender. Treated little differently from their male counterparts, black slave women endured a system of brutality that sought not only to expl
Arab geographers speak of an empire called Kanem as early as the 9th century AD. At its height, the kingdom controlled territory from Libya to Lake Chad to Kano in Nigeria and lasted, in varying forms, until 1893.
Detail from "The Death of Major Pierson," 1782-84, oil painting by John Singleton Copley depicting a black soldier fighting for the British during the American Revolution. Black soldiers in Dunmore's Royal Ethiopian Regiment had "Liberty to Slaves" e
Around 3100 BCE, a rich royal culture flourished in what is today Southern Egypt. Recent finds have concluded that these people called their region Ta-Seti, meaning "Land of the Bow." Later rulers of the region would give Ta-Seti new names- Kash,
Mural from the church of Abreha and Atsbeha in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia. Legend has it that the blackened and soot filled ceiling was set afire by the warrior Queen Gudit, who is said to have conquered Axum around the 10th century.
Historian Carter G. Woodson would establish Negro History Week in 1926, choosing Feburary to coincide with numerous important events. By 1976 the Association for Afro-American History and Life, in order to further Woodson's legacy, decided to expand
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected leader of what is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lumumba’s pan-Africanism and
So posting this here now because the new souped up site allows for media! Video from the Discovery Channel's 2003 documentary Nefertiti Resurrected. It was Egyptologist's Joanne Fletcher's contention that she may have found the remains of the famed 1
Malik Ambar, born in 16th century Harar Ethiopia and sold into slavery beyond the continent, would eventually rise to the level of regent of Ahmednagar, found a city, oversee architectural projects and become a powerful player in the politics of 17th
There is a misconception that Africa was cut off from the world prior to European contact. Nothing could be further from the truth. Parts of Africa were very much engaged with the world. One vibrant example of that engagement was the involvement of
I actually use this film in a course on Slavery in Cinema. Students always have some "interesting" reactions. Wilmott uses some very "dark humour" to tackle issues that in the end, aren't so funny--but you find yourself laughing anyway, if only at th
Yesterday, Nov. 11th was Armistice Day around the world, first created by allied nations to commemorate the end of WWI, a time of remembrance of all those who lost their lives as well as a time to reflect on war's horrors and the hopes for peace. In
In the summer of 1900, a black day laborer in New Orleans named Robert Charles touched off a race riot after a violent confrontation with a white police officer. In the week that followed, Charles would shoot twenty-seven whites, including seven poli