Black History | Colorism Origins: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers

Sunday 4th February 2024

A Black history masterclass on what the 1817 Slave registers reveal about the origins of colorism.


Paul Crooks is unique among UK Black History Month speakers discussing engaging topics relating to the experience of Black British & North American people. Stemming from his research into his family’s Black history, going back over 200 years, Paul reveals why British and North American people view race through the lens of a colour hierarchy.

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history”

Martin Luther King, Jr

This talk will help audiences interested in Black History gain an appreciation of

  • what the 1817 Slave Registers reveal about the roots of colorism
  • how Black British and North American ancestors embraced ideas of colorism
  • why colorism continued after transatlantic slavery ended
  • the extent to which understanding the history of the modern era can be used as a tool for empowerment
  • how a deeper understanding of colorism origins can prove positive in recalibrating the discourse on race, color & identity;
  • how discourse on colorism can support others to modify attitudes and behavior.

The event is part of the Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Season of Empowering Black History.

Who Is This Talk For?

The talk is suitable for you if

  • you’re new to exploring family history
  • you have some experience of searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information
  • you’ve started and you’re having problems furthering your search
  • you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of Black History.

Premium Ticket holders

Premium Ticket holders will receive African, Irish & the Music of the Caribbean, A research project by Paul Crooks following the event.

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