Black History of Resistance: Jamaica’s Spanish Maroons

Sunday 3th April

Online Black history masterclass reminding how the past informs the present; ie the genesis of the continuing struggle for racial equality.


London based Black history speaker Paul Crooks is among the most insightful and genealogists discussing engaging topics relating to the legacy of British slave-ownership and Black British ancestry. Paul also discusses how he used his research to reconstruct the historical narrative of Black people enslaved in ex-British colonies in the Caribbean and North America.

In this masterclass, Paul spotlights Maroon activities as being the genesis of anti-racism and racial equality.

Paul’s season of events celebrates the pivotal role Jamaica’s Spanish Maroons played in Black and British history. In this masterclass, Paul discusses why Jamaica’s Maroons wars can be seen as a prelude to modern day discourse on racial justice /anti-racism and inclusion.

Paul will encourage you to draw your own conclusion on a particularly turbulent time in the history of the British colonies in the Caribbean; andhow the past informs the present

Who is this talk for?

The talk is suitable for you if

  • you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of parallels between African Caribbean history and African American history
  • you’re new to exploring family history

Premium Ticket holders

Premium Ticket holders will receive The First Maroon War Timeline interactive PowerPoint following the event. See demonstration video below

About the speaker

Paul Crooks is a published author and pioneering genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry and Black history.

Paul came to prominence with his pioneering research into Black genealogy During the 1990s, when he became the first to trace his family history back 6 generations, from London to his ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America 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 have brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy.

Paul Crooks has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? with Moira Stuart as the expert in Black genealogy and has been recognised for inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry.

Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in Black genealogy.

This event will not be recorded for later distribution or upload to Youtube.

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Organiser of Black History of Resistance: Jamaica’s Spanish Maroons

Welcome to Black History Speaker Paul Crooks’ masterclasses – a unique programme of onlaine and live events exploring Black Ancestry, whilst extending knowledge of Black History.

Paul Crooks is a Black History Speaker and pioneering Black genealogist. He helps people satisfy a deep need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us. Black History and Ancestry are journeys of many lifetimes woven together from the past, the present and the future.

There are lessons to be learned – both good and bad – from the way our ancestors have interacted to survive racial injustice. Those historical stories can serve to inspire individuals to higher levels of achievement. Inspirational stories from the pages of Black history fire peoples’ imaginations and spur them on to higher levels of performance in their personal and work lives.

Paul’s online and live events inspire a deeper understanding of difference. He speaks on important topics relating to the Black experience, including identity, inequality and national history.

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