The African American Experience in Italy, 1852 to 2013

Ralph Ellison at the American Academy in Rome, 1957 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” In the following article longtime BlackPast.org contributor and San Diego State University Librarian Robert Fikes discusses African American emigrants to and visitors in Italy. Since the 1850s, African Americans have gone to … Read MoreThe African American Experience in Italy, 1852 to 2013

Africans, African Americans, Great Britain and the United States: The Curious History of the Rio Pongo in the Early 19th Century

Image Courtesy of Bruce L. Mouser In the essay below, Bruce L. Mouser, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, describes the conflicting goals of African Creoles, African Americans, and British and American colonizationists in the fate of the Rio Pongo Valley … Read MoreAfricans, African Americans, Great Britain and the United States: The Curious History of the Rio Pongo in the Early 19th Century

Russia’s Black Entertainment Empresario: The Remarkable Saga of Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas (Frederick Bruce Thomas)

  Image Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration II Yale University literature scholar and historian Vladimir Alexandrov introduces The Black Russian— his new biography of a forgotten African American who led an extraordinary life in Russia and Turkey at the beginning of the … Read MoreRussia’s Black Entertainment Empresario: The Remarkable Saga of Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas (Frederick Bruce Thomas)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours

  Image Courtesy of the Royal College of Music In the article below Hilary Burrage, Executive Chair of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation, a United Kingdom (UK)-based non-profit organisation, describes the composer and how she came to regard and preserve his work and legacy. It has … Read MoreSamuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours

Jazz in Occupied China: Black Jazzmen at the Japanese Prison Camp in Weihsien, China during World War II

Earl Whaley Band, Shanghai, China, 1937/Weihsien Prisoner-of-War Camp During World War II Image Ownership: Public Domain/Image Courtesy of Palmer Johnson Desmond Power, a third generation British subject born in Tientsin (now Tianjin), China in 1923, was incarcerated along with 1,500 other foreign nationals in 1943 … Read MoreJazz in Occupied China: Black Jazzmen at the Japanese Prison Camp in Weihsien, China during World War II

The Black Diaspora in Israel, 1965 to 2011

New World Passover Celebration, Dimora, Israel, 2010 Image Courtesy of the Dimora Alumni Association With the exception of the well-publicized Operation Moses, Joshua, and Solomon Airlift of 20,000 Ethiopian Jews from that war and famine ravaged nation to Israel between 1984 and 1991, few people outside … Read MoreThe Black Diaspora in Israel, 1965 to 2011

Nicomedes Santa Cruz: A Black Public Intellectual in Twentieth-Century Peru

Image Ownership: Public Domain In the following article University of Oregon historian Carlos Aguirre describes the self-taught poet, writer, and folklorist Nicomedes Santa Cruz, one of the understudied black intellectual leaders in Peru and Latin America. Nicomedes Santa Cruz was, without a doubt, the most … Read MoreNicomedes Santa Cruz: A Black Public Intellectual in Twentieth-Century Peru

Jan Mostaert’s Portrait of a Moor (1520-1530)

This painting is at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam,Holland. It is seen here courtesy of the Rijksmuseum. In the following account University of Cincinnati historian John K. Brackett describes the famous 16th Century painting of a black courtier at the court of Margaret of Austria, the Duchess … Read MoreJan Mostaert’s Portrait of a Moor (1520-1530)

Distant Whistles, Muted Flutes: Ada Wright in Glasgow, 1932

Ada Wright Welcomed By Glasgow Workers, July 4, 1932 Image Courtesy of Irene Brown In the following account writer Irene Brown recalls through her father’s photo the visit of Ada Wright, mother to Roy and Andy Wright, two of the nine Scottsboro Boys accused of … Read MoreDistant Whistles, Muted Flutes: Ada Wright in Glasgow, 1932

Two Families, Two Destinies: A Personal Perspective on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

Never Again, Rwandan Genocide Skulls on Display “Image Ownership: Public Domain” From April to July 1994 Rwanda suffered through a period of government-sanctioned mass murder which resulted in the deaths of nearly one million Tutsi men, women and children. Most observers point to myriad factors … Read MoreTwo Families, Two Destinies: A Personal Perspective on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994