Empowering Black History: Toussaint of the Haitian Revolution

Sun, 8 August 2021 19:00 – 20:00 BST

In this Black history masterclass, Paul Crooks focuses on Toussaint L’Overture one of the greatest military commanders of the modern era.

When researching his families Black History, Paul Crooks discovered his great great great grandfather walked free from a sugar plantation in Jamaica in 1838. Paul wanted to know more about what lay behind the decision to free the enslaved people of the Caribbean.

The Haitian revolution led by Toussaint L’Overture inspired events in Jamaica that ultimately led the British government legislating to end the system of enslavement in colonies in the Caribbean.

Paul will focus on Toussaint L’Overture’s:

  • leadership capabilities
  • strategic decision-making capabilities when confronted with tantalising situations
  • brinkmanship

This talk complements Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Empowering Black History series of online events.

HOW TO GET THE EVENT LINK

Links to the one hour online live cast will be provided via an automated email an hour before the event starts.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Paul Crooks is unique as a published author and genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry and African Caribbean history. He came to prominence with his pioneering research into African Caribbean genealogy During the 1990s, when he became the first to trace his family history back 6 generations, from London to his ancestors captured off the West African coast 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 brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black ancestry.

Paul appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? with Moira Stuart as the expert in African Caribbean family history. He 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.

WHO IS THIS TALK FOR?

The talk is suitable for you if:

  • You want to develop your knowledge and understanding of black history
  • you’re new to exploring family history

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