African History


One of the main projects that attracted such workers was the building of the Panama Canal. Additionally, about 40,000 Jamaicans and Barbadians settled in Cuba in the early 20th century after migrating there to work in the sugar industry.

Listening Tree Video (LT) June 22, 2021 COUNTERING THE CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY BLACK BOYS (1977)

Classic video companion to the million selling book series by Jawanza Kunjufu is still relevant 3 decades later. Presented for historical purposes.

Listening Tree Video (LT) June 22, 2021 USA: THE ELAINE MASSACRE

The bloodiest racial conflict in U.S. history

Listening Tree Video (LT) June 22, 2021 Slavery and Suffering – History Of Africa with Zeinab Badawi [Episode 16]

In this episode Zeinab Badawi looks at the impact on Africa itself of one of the most evil chapters in human history: the trans Atlantic slave trade.

Listening Tree Uncategorized Video (LT) June 12, 2021 THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN CANADA

This week we’re in Canada taking a look at black Canadian history and culture! The first recorded African man in Canada was Mathieu da Costa who arrived in 1608 and acted as an interpreter for the French coloniser Samuel de Champlain. You’ve surely heard of Harriet Tubman! She was instrumental in helping enslaved Africans escape to freedom in Canada. And have you heard of Africville in Nova Scotia? For 150 years it was home to a sizeable Black Canadian population, until they were forcibly displaced as the settlement was condemned by the authorities and deconstructed. We speak about all this and so much more, in this video!

Assurance & Many Men by Ransom Beatz
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Illustration by: Jimena Isabel Merchán. Find her on Instagram at: @jimenaimm


It’s surprsing how little the Dutch’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade is talked about considering that they trafficked an estimated half a million enslaved Africans during that time! This episode throws up a lot of interesting questions about how we regard cultural traditions in a modern context where race and racism are concerned. We talk fine art, golden carriages and black face in this bite-sized look at black history in the Netherlands.

If you are interested in doing a black history tour in Amsterdam then contact the wonderful Jennifer Tosch from Black Heritage Tours!

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Feelings by Prodby106

Encyclopaedia Africana K February 14, 2021 AFRICAN KINGDOMS: KUSH. Rival to Egypt, the Nubian kingdom of Kush exuded power and gold

Adorned with tall, slender pyramids, the wealthy Nile city of Meroë was the seat of power of Kush, an ancient kingdom and rival to Egypt.

C Encyclopaedia Africana September 11, 2020 DR CHEIKH ANTA DIOP

Only by reexamining and restoring Africa’s distorted, maligned and obscured place in history could the physical and psychological shackles of colonialism be lifted from our Motherland and from African people dispersed globally.

D Encyclopaedia Africana September 5, 2020 DAVID OLUSOGA

My mission is to make history accessible and tell stories of the past across every medium. In genre terms, I am a historian of empire.

Encyclopaedia Africana T August 28, 2020 TIMBUKTU (MALI)

Brief synthesis Located at the gateway to the Sahara desert, within the confines of the fertile zone of the Sudan  and in an exceptionally  propitious site near to the river, Timbuktu is one of the cities of Africa whose name is the most heavily charged with history. Founded in the 5th century, the economic and …

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