Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker’s grandmother was English, she had been accused of stealing a bucket of milk ( which she said the cow she was milking kicked over) and she was sentenced to seven years of indentured servitude in a relatively new British colony, Marland. When her time was served, she set off, bare handed,  in a […]

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Saartjie Baartman

Saartjie Baartman was born on the Gamtoos River in the Eastern Cape in 1789 of a Khoisan family in which is now South Africa. The Khoisan are among southern Africa’s oldest known inhabitants, people who made a major role in shaping South Africa’s past and present. Back in those days, bands of Dutch raiding parties […]

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Toyin Agbetu

Toyin Agbetu made headlines in March (2007) when he interrupted the Westminster Abbey service to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and demanded that the Queen make a public apology. When Toyin Agbetu challenged the Queen, the incident was widely reported as the act of a madman, a security threat in […]

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Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson was one of the first African Americans to become a professional artist in America. Born into slavery around 1763, as the son of a white man and a black woman who was the slave of another man, Johnson was purchased by his father from his mother’s owner when he was about a year […]

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Jimi Hendrix

‘Jim came on very quietly to enormous applause. Then he said softly into the microphone, ‘This number is for a friend of mine.’ He then began an improvisation that had a beauty that was simply appalling. Immediately everyone knew that the friend was Martin Luther King Jr. , and this music somehow seemed to convey […]

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Maasai Olympics

The Maasai olympics is held on 10th December in the Sidai Oleng widely few sanctuary in Ambo self following a series of regional events, the emphasis is firmly on the hunt for medals rather than lions. Watch cattle farmers turned athletes complete for the glory in traditional Maasai disciplines such as high-jumping and spear throwing. […]

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