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In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer

Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Miriam E Donaldson
  • 11-02-2020

What an eye opener! Great!

Loved it. So much info.
Couldn't get enough. Well voiced, well paced.
Planning to listen again, now.

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  • dgrant_jr
  • 02-02-2020

an education for all

as a mixed race person, I've always taken a keen interest in learning more about my black heritage. this was a fresh look at history and introduced a number of new influential character which I will enjoy researching further.
this series is for people of all colours and backgrounds and well worth the time listening.

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  • o johnson
  • 27-01-2020

Fascinating

Really enjoyed this. I studied anthropology as an undergraduate and so found the first episode especially interesting. Eye opening, enjoyable to listen to, and informative on black history and why it is so important.
I’m just about to listen to it for the second time.

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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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  • swaye
  • 28-12-2019

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

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  • Tony Martin
  • 10-01-2020

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poorly written from the prejudiced perception that everything Black is good and White is Bad.

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  • Drew Watson
  • 15-02-2020

Worth a listen.

An interesting listen and almost certain to tell you some stories you've never heard before.

it felt a bit patronising at times and seemed to wobble between cleverly balanced research and the standard, woke 'Europe = bad' diatribe.

But if you have a long journey and can handle being reminded that Empire was bad and slavery is the only reason the west isn't a poverty stricken wasteland, them it's worth dipping into.

Caveat: if you suffer from racism, don't listen, it will almost certainly make you worse.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 13-02-2020

Wonderful

Fantastic series with important stories, narrated with a soothing voice. This is history we should all know. Highly recommended.