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In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer

Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, World
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In Search Of Black History with Bonnie Greer brings you face-to-face with the people you never knew existed. People whose stories tell us a different tale about who we all are. From the earliest glimmerings of modern humanity, up to the present day, Bonnie Greer uncovers the lives of people of African descent that don’t fit with the accepted history of Western Civilisation we’ve traditionally been taught. From saints, to philosophers, to warrior women and king’s heralds - these people’s lives have been lost, hidden and distorted down the centuries. We’ve lost the full richness and complexity of our shared histories - it’s time to fill in the gaps.

In this eight part series, playwright and former Trustee of the British Museum, Bonnie Greer, travels with us through the ages, meeting the academics and experts who are uncovering these stories at the cutting edge of historical research, and she brings their subjects’ lives to life - with an imaginative re-telling of their stories.

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  • Ama
  • 23-12-2019

A Brilliant piece

This was edifying and really refreshing, the special guests were knowledgeable and brought forth so many new questions, new paradigms. This is a must listen!

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  • swaye
  • 28-12-2019

Needed

insightful, thought provoking & encourages research. A must listen to and more than just once

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  • B. S. Mahtani
  • 23-12-2019

Black women have an untold history.

Loved listening to this and will re-listen many times. Mainly because of the starting point being the eras long before transatlantic slavery. Complex, women-led societies rivalled the Roman Empire - not well known. Many new facts and details, very relevant right to the very present day in terms of eugenics, fake news, criminalization of black people. Heartbreaking stories of people who have more than overcome, but still stifled by institutional racism. Cleverly linking in the debates happening about decolonisation, returning artefacts to their land of origin, the role of museums, libraries, and universities as collectors, managers and knowledge creators. Lots to grapple with, and a realisation, that we are just barely scratching the surface. Chronology very helpful for a beginner like me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2020

Breathtaking storytelling. Everyone should listen

The beauty, horror and complexity of black history told with passion and kindness- this was mind blowing for me. Being white and coming from Norway (which has been culturally secluded throughout most of history), black history was mainly unfamiliar to me. This wonderful series introduces us to intriguing personalities from the early African kingdoms, extraordinarily talented people who fought for their rights or gained power in a world we mostly think of as white - from antiquity to the renaissance; and we meet both the rebels and the collaborators during the slave trade. It is a balanced account showing both the good and the bad, it is moving and beautifully told and shows that black history is not just about suppression and suffering, but also pride, courage, success and diversity.
I feel immensely proud of my fellow (wo-)men who fought for freedom and also humbled when I am reminded how easily deluded and cruel we humans can be. This series is a true journey and an eye opener. Thank you!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-2020

Excellent! Everyone listen!

I would like to learn more about Black history all over the world because sometimes I feel shockingly innocent and naive about the ordeals that happened and still do. This podcast is a riveting, well researched, and beautifully curated overview of Black history in all the places or situations you probably didn't know or think about. I loved this, I'd be happy if this podcast were to continue indefinately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2020

Everyone should listen

I really enjoyed this. I learnt so much about black history. It was technically quiet, and I had to have my headphones on full and I still struggled to hear some of the contributors.

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  • mark
  • 13-01-2020

Brilliant podcast

So interesting and thought provoking this is the story that needs to be told BRILLIANT

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  • Chris Clucas
  • 09-01-2020

Very interesting and well researched

Learnt a part of history I had no idea about and enjoyed narration- author had a lovely soothing melodic tone.

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  • Christina
  • 09-01-2020

Everyone needs to read this!

Can I just say thank you?, this is so needed. I have learnt so much about my history from this podcast, than I have ever seen or heard anywhere else.
Everything we know about black history has been from others perspective, it's incredible that we can now tell our story. Amazing job, when's the follow up?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2020

An Eye Opener

It has given me so much information, about my people. We have such a rich heritage and legacy. Our people should embrace the truth about our ancestors and carry on its growth, which will enrich and heal us.