The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty
A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch an internal investigation.

The document, which emerged during the production of Finding Your Roots, a celebrity genealogy show, is neither unique nor unusual. It is one of thousands that record the primal Continue reading “The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed”

I Dream of Congo- Saturday, 23 Feb 2013

I dream of Congo
Save the Congo has joined forces with Congo Connect to bring the very heart of Africa to the streets of London.

Join us at Conway Hall for some shoulder-shaking-Soukous and hip-wringing-rumba as musicians from Congo like Gasandji, Ya Kil and Matondo Mulele – winner of the World Music Networks Jan Charts, play and sing the night away.

‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo. To celebrate the success of the exhibition we invite you to come and party with us, Kinshasa style. Continue reading “I Dream of Congo- Saturday, 23 Feb 2013”

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