Colorism Origins | Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers

Sunday 11 August

Paul Crooks from Ancestry Talks will provide insight into the roots of colorism, stemming from his research into his family history that spans over 200 years.

 

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his discussion, Paul will explore how many Africans and Caribbeans perceive race through the lens of a color hierarchy established during the transatlantic enslavement. The discussion will include:

  • What the 1817 Slave Registers reveal about the roots of colorism.
  • How African Caribbean ancestors were conditioned to embrace colorism.
  • Why colorism did not disintegrate after the end of transatlantic slavery.

Who is this talk for?

This talk is suitable for you if:

  • You want to develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between African Caribbean history and African American history.
  • You’re new to exploring family history.

Receive discounted access to one-on-one advice on tracing your African ancestry with Paul Crooks, a Genealogy Specialist. More details will be available upon completing your registration for this event. Trailer video: https://youtu.be/tz-KU_v2tLY

How to gain access to this event

This talk will be held over Zoom. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration confirmation email.

Plus Ticket: Along with event access, Plus Ticket holders will receive a digital copy of the ‘Africans, Irish, and the Music of the Caribbean’ eBook, delivered via email after the-event.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/T-K6Yp-UW8s

Premium Ticket: Premium access includes all Plus offerings, plus a digital copy of Paul Crooks’ latest novel ‘Descendants,’ sent to you electronically after the event.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/BmI8rTjUEmE

Deluxe Ticket: Deluxe attendees enjoy all Premium benefits, with the added bonus of the ‘DNA Testing Demystified: Separating Fact from Fiction in Genealogy’ eBook to deepen your understanding of genealogy sent to you electronically after the event.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/mQanCy3o1XM

About the speaker

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into Black genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 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. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” 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.

Paul is first among peers being an individual advocate for helping schools figure out how to deliver empowering history that

  • helps young people increase their self-esteem
  • others to look at black history through a more appreciative lens

Be sure to follow Black History Speaker Paul Crooks on Eventbrite!

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