COURSE: When We Ruled: Thousands of Years of African Heritage

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 at 19:00 - Tuesday, 2 August 2016 at 21:00

NEW: Black History Course
When We Ruled: Thousands of Years of African Heritage

Tuesdays, 5 July – 2 August, 7.00pm-9.00pm

Led by leading Black historian Robin Walker, When We Ruled is a 5-week introductory course that will contextualise the broad history of the African Diaspora, from mediaeval to modern times.

You will learn about the visible monuments, manuscripts, and fine art that demonstrate a rich African heritage. From this historical evidence, you will further explore the histories of gold-rich civilisations in West Africa before the onset of slavery; a wider perspective of the Translantic Slave Trade and African resistance; Black women in history; and the rise of the Pan African Movement both here in London and internationally.

Course lecturers: Robin Walker, Danny Thompson, Dean Gregory

Fees and Eligibility

Courses are suitable for all abilities. Recommended for 15 years and older.
Fees per 5-week course are £50 per person.
Please ensure you are able to commit to the full course to fully benefit, as each week covers different topics and subject areas.

Course Breakdown

When We Ruled: Thousands of Years of a Visible African Heritage
Black Women in History
The West African Empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai
Slavery is Not Our History
The Pan African Movement

For enquiries about the Black Cultural Archives’ Black History Courses, email

Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. Learn more about the work we do, visit

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