Black History: Legendary Women of Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Thursday 19 October

Join Paul Crooks on a captivating journey as he unveils the hidden narratives of legendary Black women who left an indelible mark on our world long before the transatlantic slave trade cast its shadow.


In this engaging talk, you will be transported through time to unearth the awe-inspiring feats of extraordinary women including Hatshepsut, Makeda, The Candaces of Meroe and Amina of Zaria, tracing their profound impact and marvelling at the insurmountable obstacles they conquered on their path to greatness.

By delving into the remarkable stories of these iconic women, we can kindle the flames of inspiration within future generations, encouraging them to defy adversity and dismantle the barriers that constrain their boundless potential. From their unwavering resilience in the face of oppression and injustice to the enduring legacies they’ve bestowed upon us, their narratives offer invaluable lessons to anyone seeking a wellspring of motivation and inspiration.

Whether you are a newcomer to the exploration of Black history or an enthusiast seeking to deepen your comprehension of the profound contributions of Black women throughout the ages, this talk promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience for all. Join us as we celebrate these trailblazers and glean wisdom from their remarkable journeys.

About Paul Crooks

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into Black genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back six generations, to ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his Ancestors enslaved on plantations in North America. Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to North America and ultimately back to the Gold Coast.

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 genealogy.

Paul 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. Following events with Harrow Libraries during Black History Month 2022, and Windrush 75 we are delighted to welcome Paul back to Harrow Libraries online as part of our BHM 2023 programme.

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