Colorism Origins: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers

Sunday 4th September

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

 

Black History Month Speaker Paul Crooks will provide insight into the roots of colorism, stemming from his research into his family history, going back over 200 years.

Paul will discuss why many Black British and North American people view race through the lens of a colour hierarchy prescribed during transatlantic enslavement. Discussion includes

  • what the 1817 Slave Registers reveal about the roots of colorism
  • how Black British and North American ancestors were taught to embrace colorism
  • why colorism never disintegrated after transatlantic slavery ended
  • the extent to which understanding of the history of the modern era can: a) be used as a tool for empowerment; b) recalibrate the discourse on race, colour & identity; and c) enable people to reflect on attitudes and behaviour in relation to colorism.

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

“Martin Luther King, Jr”

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 and African American history
  • you’re new to exploring family 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.

Black History Month Speaker Paul Crooks will provide insight into the roots of colorism, stemming from his research into his family history, going back over 200 years.

Paul will discuss why many Black British and North American people view race through the lens of a colour hierarchy prescribed during transatlantic enslavement. Discussion includes

  • what the 1817 Slave Registers reveal about the roots of colorism
  • how Black British and North American ancestors were taught to embrace colorism
  • why colorism never disintegrated after transatlantic slavery ended
  • the extent to which understanding of the history of the modern era can: a) be used as a tool for empowerment; b) recalibrate the discourse on race, colour & identity; and c) enable people to reflect on attitudes and behaviour in relation to colorism.

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

“Martin Luther King, Jr”

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 and African American history
  • you’re new to exploring family 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.

Organiser of Colorism Origins: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers

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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