“He made inquiries. She had been born in Grenada, her name Marianne Elizabeth Rochard, the natural daughter of Thomas Daniel Rochard Lepine and of Genevieve Katronice. That night, he and Dillon in court dress paced the front gallery of Government House in anticipation of the arrival of the Marechal. He saw her passing through the garden in the company of a group of young girls, who were ogling the officers as they sat smoking or playing at whist in the gallery. A carriage turned into the drive, two young slaves with torches ran before it, the girls had run away. Not her. The brilliance illuminated her features, enflamed them, he noticed her slightly flaring nostrils, he thought them endearing.”


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Francis Williams: Poet, Scientist, Polyglot

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Black History Month: London’s forgotten RAF hero who survived 3 heart attacks and an attack by the National Front
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Nana Asma’u Bint Shehu dan Fodio (1793-1864)

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The Kiyan Prince Foundation was established in 2008 in memory of Kiyan Prince, Dr Prince’s fifteen-year-old son and a talented footballer who was stabbed in the heart, whilst trying to break up a fight, outside his school gates.

This devasting tragedy marked the beginning of a journey which has not only transformed Dr Prince’s life but also equipped him with the knowledge and skills to support families and help prevent similar cases.

In this process, he has had to defeat two of life’s toughest challenges – anger and revenge, find the strength to forgive and the commitment to substitute anger with positive life skills.

At work, we often take things at face value and fail to see the hardships someone is facing every day.Sometimes a person doesn’t fight a battle with the strength of their biceps, but they must turn inward to find their mental and emotional power.

We are surrounded by people who are silently battling daily but show up every day at work with a smile. As leaders, it’s so important to create a great and safe work environment that allows people to reach out for help. Someone may be fighting an addiction, or someone may have a sick child at home or maybe a single parent fighting every day to hold their home together.

We don’t know, and we may never know, which is why you should always show respect and kindness to everyone. There are amazing and strong people who show up for work every day, giving it their all to help their organization fulfill its purpose but silently fighting battles we know nothing about.


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Black History Studies was launched in March 2007 by husband and wife team Mark and Charmaine Simpson because we noticed that our community wanted to learn about their history from an African perspective

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“In rearing my children I have passed on the philosophy that Nana taught me as a youngster… The right to be treated as an equal by all other men, she said, is man’s birthright. Never permit anyone to treat you otherwise.”

Flt Lieutenant Akin Shenbanjo DFC (1918 – 1995) in full RAF uniform, taken circa 1941. He bravely served as a flight navigator in the Royal Air Force with 76 Squadron, Bomber Command during World War 2, having partaken in more than 60 bombing raids over Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe between his recruitment in 1941 and the War’s end in 1945, decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts, one of the few men of African descent to achieve this honour.

The selfless contribution made by my father and the many other Black servicemen from Africa, the Caribbean and the United States who courageously put their lives on the line for Britain and the other Allied forces during both world wars is a story that needs to be told and commemorated for both present and future generations. It is essential we forever honour their memory and the huge sacrifice made.

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For this week’s Underrepresented Architect, I want to honor Georgia Louise Harris Brown, who is recognized as the second African American woman licensed as an architect in the United States.

Georgia Louise was a pioneering African American architect practicing in Chicago and Brazil from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Bernie Grant Archive, a tribute to the life and times of the late Bernie Grant MP.

Pilot Officer John Henry Smyth was sponsored by the government of his native Sierra Leone to volunteer as an RAF navigator in the Second World War, completing 27 operational missions over Germany and Italy. 

Anna Mac Clarke was a military pioneer during her time. Clarke became the first Black Woman’s Army Corps officer to command an all-white unit.

Clark was born to Nora Mitchel, a cook, and Tom Clark, a laborer. She was raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.  After completing high school, Clarke attended and graduated from Kentucky State College in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics.
After college, Clarke had trouble finding a job in her hometown with her degree. The only jobs available to her were domestic work. She decided to leave home and headed for New York. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. Clarke was the only black graduate in her class in Ft. Des Moines.
Clarke arrived for duty at Douglas Army Airfield in Arizona and made history when she became the first commander of an all-white unit. She later made history again, when she protested against segregated seating in the base theater. Anna Mac Clarke died at the age of 24 from a ruptured appendix.

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The named pair of miniature dress medals worn by Lieutenant-Colonel A. W. Duncan. Alexander William Duncan, youngest son of Thomas Duncan, Grenada, was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in April 1856 and first witnessed active service as an Observer with Spanish forces engaged in North Africa in 1860.

Tributes flood in for UK’s first black policewoman Sislin Allen after death aged 83

Tributes have flooded in for the UK’s first ever black policewoman who has died at the age of 83 at her family home in Jamaica.
Sislin Fay Allen, who faced intense racism when she joined the Metropolitan Police in 1968 aged 29, was heralded as a pioneer by fellow officers and MPs after her death on Monday.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick described her as “a pioneer of her time and an inspiration for many”.

Former Met superintendent Leroy Logan paid tribute to her as a “remarkable” woman.

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20 Inspiring Quotes From Black Women

Black women and their accomplishments are often overlooked during while society centers men, but it’s undeniable that Black women have inexorably shaped the history, making huge contributions in social justice, STEM, literature, art and more.
From Black women abolitionists to the women who led demonstrations and protests during the Civil Rights Movement, or even to the real life mathematicians who helped America get to space in the 1960s (and inspired the movie Hidden Figures), Black women have always been on the front lines of progress — in history and in the present. Here are 20 inspiring, insightful, and powerful quotes from Black women who have changed the world.

Charles S.L. Baker, inventer of that heater we see in so many homes, with an unidentified man, possibly his brother Peter. St. Joseph, Missouri, Feb. 12, 1906.