The Pan-African Congresses, 1900-1945

  Speakers at The Pan African Congress, Brussels, Belgium,1921 Image Ownership: Public Domain In the nearly half century between 1900 and 1945 various political leaders and intellectuals from Europe, North America, and Africa met six times to discuss colonial control of Africa and develop strategies … Read MoreThe Pan-African Congresses, 1900-1945

Sam Langford: History’s Forgotten Boxer

Image Courtesy of Clay Moyle Sports historian Clay Moyle describes Canadian-born Sam Langford as one of the most successful and yet little known boxers of the 20th Century.  In the excerpt below, drawn from his recently publisher book titled Sam Langford: Boxing’s Greatest Uncrowned Champion, … Read MoreSam Langford: History’s Forgotten Boxer

African Americans and Cuba’s First Experiment in Tourism: The Joe Louis Commission in Post Revolutionary Havana, 1959-1960

  Fidel Castro, Joe Louis, and Unidentified Man, Havana, Cuba 1959 Image Courtesy of Ralph L. Crowder In the article below University of California, Riverside historian Ralph Crowder describes this fascinating but little known attempt by Joe Louis and Fidel Castro to encourage middle class … Read MoreAfrican Americans and Cuba’s First Experiment in Tourism: The Joe Louis Commission in Post Revolutionary Havana, 1959-1960

Africa and Africans in the Imagination of Renaissance Italians (1450-1630)

Africa in 1595 as Known to Italian Explorers and Cartographers Image Courtesy of Northwestern University Digital Map Collection Many Europeans have long exhibited a fascination with the African continent.  However their knowledge of Africa was often incorrect or incomplete.  In the following article University of … Read MoreAfrica and Africans in the Imagination of Renaissance Italians (1450-1630)

The Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History

Black Musicians in Lisbon, Portugal, ca. 1522 Image Ownership: Public Domain In the In  the following account, Professor Allison Blakely of Boston University describes the presence of blacks in Early Modern Europe. His article reminds us that persons of African ancestry resided across Europe. Their … Read MoreThe Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History

Black Composers and Musicians in Classical Music History

John Blanke, Musician at the Court of Henry VIII Image Courtesy of the National Archives of the United Kingdom Utilizing the research of Professor Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, historian William J. Zick in the article below provides vignettes which comprise … Read MoreBlack Composers and Musicians in Classical Music History