October Tool-Kit: Historical Perspectives

Each month we will be posting a new digital tool-kit with reading materials and resources to aid in counter-movements and the enhancement of critical media literate and de-colonial perspectives. This month for the Black History and Achievement events happening in the UK and Netherlands respectively, ERIF amplifies essays and analyses, from the global black diaspora, which look to the past in order to answer questions about the present. 


7 black composers who changed the course of classical music history (2018) by Classic FM

7 Black British Women Throughout History That Deserve To Be Household Names In 2019 (2019) by Niellah Arboine 

15 Rare Photos of Black Rosie the Riveters by Cristen Conger

The 16 year old Algerian artist who influenced Picasso and Matisse (2018) by Jane Drinkard

Africa’s Lost Kingdoms (2019) by Howard W. French

African sailors aboard Henry VIII’s warship reveal hidden diversity of Tudor England (2019) by Josh Gabbatiss

Another England

Before the dreaded colonial invasion, here’s how hair was done in Africa by Ajadi

Belgium has apologised for its abuse of mixed race children – it’s time for Ireland to do the same (2019) by Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff

Black histories aren’t all urban: Tales from the West Country (2017) by Louisa Adjoa Parker

“Black sounding” names and their surprising history (2019) by Say it Loud

Brazil’s Only HBCU Publishes a Black Cultural History (2019) by Afropunk

Brazil’s sugar plantations were brutal — ‘Angola Janga’ follows the slaves who fought back (2019) by Dominic Umile

The Colonial History of India’s Favourite Sari Blouse (2017) by Payal Mohta

Colonial Postcards and Women as Props for War-Making (2017) by Sarah Sentilles

French museum renames paintings after black models (2019) by Reuters 

Hidden Herstory: The Leesburg Stockade Girls | by Tulani Salahu-Din

Hidden Histories: the first black people photographed in Britain – in pictures (2014) The Guardian

Historian lifts lid on Swiss-African past (2010) by Frédéric Burnand & Simon Bradley

How African Muslims “Civilized Spain” (2017) by Garikai Chengu

How black women were whitewashed by art (2019) by Sophia Smith Galer

How can we untangle white supremacy from Medieval studies? (2017) by David M. Perry

How punk and reggae fought back against racism in the 70s (2015) by Stuart Brumfitt

How Scotland erased Guyana from its past (2019) by Yvonne Singh

How the Nazis wiped out the Romani middle class (2018) by Jonathan Lee

Indo-Africans: The forgotten story of the Black Dutchmen (2010) by Afro-Europe

It’s Time to Talk about Black Tudors (2014) by Rowena Mondiwa

Johnnie Carr: The unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement (2019) Jae Jones 

Last known US slave ship found in Alabama (2019) by The Guardian

Meet the warrior woman from Dahomey who trained Haitian revolutionary hero Dessalines (2019) by Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson 

Not All the Knights of the Round Table Were White (2014) by Rose Eveleth

Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history (2019) by CBS News

The Black Kings of Morocco by Lisapo Ya Kama

The Enduring Spirit Of Black Peru And Afro-Peruvian Music (2017) by Cayleigh-May Forbes

The forgotten history of the reno: manchester’s original nightclub for mixed race youth (2019) by Kamila Rymajdo

The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today (2016) by Catherine Hall

What the Discovery of the Last American Slave Ship Means to Descendants (2019) by National Geographic

Yes, there were people of colour in pre-Modern Europe (2017) by David M Perry


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