A Great Black History: When Tacky Declared War on Britain

Sun, 25 July 2021 19:00 – 20:00 BST

Tacky’s War is a not often spoken history of how a hero responds when his people are denied justice, equality, and freedom.

When researching his family’s Black history, Paul Crooks discovered his great great great grandfather walked free from a sugar plantation in Jamaica in 1838. Paul wanted to know more about what lay behind the decision to free the enslaved people of the Caribbean.

Tacky’s War is one of the great stories of enslavement and resistance in modern Black history. There were many great Black leaders of freedom movements in the modern era, but is Tacky the greatest unsung hero of them all? You are invited to draw your own conclusion.

This talk complements Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Empowering Black History series of online events.

HOW TO GET THE EVENT LINK

Links to the one hour online live cast will be provided via an automated email an hour before the event starts.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Paul Crooks is unique as a published author and genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry and African Caribbean history. He came to prominence with his pioneering research into African Caribbean genealogy During the 1990s, when he became the first to trace his family history back 6 generations, from London to his ancestors captured off the West African coast 200 years ago. He discovered his ancestors were enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. His books, Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black ancestry.

Paul appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? with Moira Stuart as the expert in African Caribbean family history. He is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in African Caribbean genealogy.

WHO IS THIS TALK FOR?

The talk is suitable for you if

  • you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of black history
  • you’re new to exploring family history

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