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Bai Bureh: The African Leader Exiled for Leading an Uprising Against the British in 1898

Bai Bureh was a Sierra Leonean ruler, military strategist, and Muslim cleric, who led an uprising against British rule in 1898 in Northern Sierra Leone.

John Blanke: The African Musician Who Played the Trumpet for King Henry VIII of England

John Blanke was an exceptional African musician who made an enduring impact within the Tudor court of England during the 15th century. He notably served as a trumpeter for both King Henry VII and his successor, King Henry VIII.

Wilson Chinn: The Branded Slave Whose Forehead Bore His Owner’s Initials

Wilson Chinn was an escaped American slave who gained recognition for being photographed with the initials of his owner, Volsey B. Marmillion, branded on his forehead.

Soweto Uprising: The Children’s Protest that Led to a Massacre in Apartheid South Africa in 1976

On June 16, 1976, thousands of black students took to the streets of Soweto to protest the compulsory use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in black schools. This peaceful demonstration turned into a tragic and violent event when police responded with brutality

Slocum Massacre: The Forgotten Texas Race Massacre of 1910

The Slocum Massacre was a violent incident that took place in the small town of Slocum, Texas, on July 29, 1910. During this event, a group of white mobs attacked and killed African American residents in the area.

Whipped Peter: The Photograph That Exposed the Brutality of American Slavery

Gordon, also known as "Whipped Peter," was a former enslaved man who became famous for being the subject of photographs that revealed the extensive scarring on his back from the brutal whippings he endured during slavery.

Maceo Snipes, the United States WWII Veteran Who Was Shot for Exercising His Right to Vote

Maceo Snipes was a brave United States Army veteran of World War II who was fatally shot on July 18, 1946, just hours after casting his vote in the Georgia Democratic primary.

Maria de Fonseca: The African Queen Who Was Beheaded for Betraying her King to the Belgians

Maria de Fonseca was the queen of Katanga and the favorite wife of Msiri, the warrior-king of Katanga, who met a tragic end for allegedly betraying her king, Msiri, to the Belgians.

The Creation Story of the Fang people of Africa

According to Fang mythology, in the beginning, there was only Nzame, the supreme being, who encompassed three distinct aspects: Nzame, Mebere, and Nkwa. Nzame, the creative force, embarked on the task of forming the universe and breathing life into the earth

How Africans Were Lured into Slave Ships by European Slave Traders

During the transatlantic slave trade, European slave traders employed various cunning tactics to lure Africans onto their ships, capitalizing on their vulnerability and ignorance. This article explores the deceptive methods employed by European slavers and the heart-wrenching stories of Africans who were lured into the treacherous journey across the Atlantic.

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