Paul Crooks spent 13 years searching for his African roots. He found out that his great great great grandfather walked free from the Cousins’ Cove sugar plantation, Jamaica in 1838. This prompted Paul’s curiosity about what lay behind the decision to free the enslaved people of the Caribbean.
Audiences will gain an understanding of how and why economic considerations played into decision making about abolishing the slave trade and the system of slavery.
Who is this talk for
Stories of ancestors who resisted racial injustice can fire the imagination and spur individuals to higher levels of achievement or performance in their work and personal life.
The talk is suitable for you if you
- are inspired and motivated by learning about the inspirational people and historical events that make up where we are today
- want to develop your knowledge and understanding of Black History.
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.
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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.
Date and time
Sun, 29 January 2023, 19:00 – 20:00 GMT
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Tickets: £5.98 – £9.21
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.
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