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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.

Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The US Government’s Infamous 40-Year Experiment on African Americans

For 40 years, from 1932 to 1972, the United States government conducted a controversial and unethical experiment known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. This study targeted a vulnerable population - African American men - and exploited their trust, resulting in tragic consequences.

Clennon W. King Jr: The Man Who Was Confined in a Mental Institution for Attempting to Enroll at a US University in 1958

Clennon W. King Jr. was an extraordinary African-American activist who, in 1958, was confined to a mental institution for attempting to enroll in summer classes at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. His story sheds light on the deep-seated...

Henrietta Lacks: How the Unauthorized Harvest of a Black Woman’s Cells Revolutionized Medicine and Transformed the World

Henrietta Lacks was a remarkable black woman whose cells, which were harvested without her consent, were crucial to a revolutionary medical discovery that ultimately saved countless lives.

Isabella Gibbons: The African Woman Enslaved by Professors at the University of Virginia

Isabella Gibbons, born around 1836, holds a significant place in history as an African woman who endured the hardships of slavery while working as a cook at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

African Kingdoms that Actively Participated in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

While European slave traders were the driving force behind this brutal system, they were not the only participants. African societies also played a role in the capture, sale, and transport of enslaved people.

Buck Breaking: How Slave Masters Used Rape to Emasculate Enslaved African Men

Buck breaking is said to have originated during the Atlantic slave trade, primarily in the Caribbean. It emerged as a means of punishment for rebellious african male slaves, intended to crush their spirits and prevent future resistance

Drapetomania: Enslaved Africans Fleeing Captivity Was Once Considered a Mental Disorder

Drapetomania was a conjectural mental illness that, in 1851, American physician Samuel A. Cartwright hypothesized as the cause of enslaved Africans fleeing captivity. The concept of Drapetomania was proposed by Dr. Samuel A. Cartwright, an American physician, in the mid-19th...

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