Vassa was the only surviving child of the former enslaved African and
anti-slavery campaigner Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus
Vassa. Her grave has recently been rediscovered
in Abney Park Cemetery, Hackney, London.
Daughter: The Life of & Times of Joanna Vassa by Dr Angelina
Osborne. In a book whichadds another
ripple in the trail to discover more about Equiano; it honours
the legacy of the relentless journey of an abolitionist and the
journey to discover what happened to his surviving daughter Joanna
following his death on the 31st March 1797. Equiano'sbook,
‘The Interesting Narrative’ was first published in 1789, went
into nine editions before he died, and was a best-seller. Dr
Osborne's book is the first major attempt at constructing an account
of Equiano's life and that of his daughter in 19th century
Allan Charles Wilmot’s Memoirs are a
must read, as they contain a summary of his life in 1920s Kingston,
Jamaica and his volunteering in 1941 for service in the Royal Navy
during WWII. He resigned from RN in 1943 and volunteered for service
in the Royal Air Force’s air-sea rescue unit. After WWII ended in
1945, Allan was demobbed in 1946 to Jamaica, but after a year on the
island he was back in London, England. There he had a number of jobs
before joining a male singing quartet (The Southlanders) that
dominated the music scene in Britain and Europe during the 1950s and
Sharp gave a presentation entitled ” Do sexism, racism,
privilege and a system of white supremacy exist in Britain today?”at City Hall, London.
Sharp is the author of the new controversial book Changing Generations: Challenging Power & Oppression in Britain Today.
On Saturday 11th July 2015
Michael Williams co-author of the
international best-selling Black Scientists and Inventors series of
books gave a presentation to the the children and parents of the
Akacia C Supplementary School on out standing black scientists and
inventors both modern and old.
On Saturday 4th July 2015
Natasha & daughter speak to mother & child.
Natasha John-Baptiste invites children
and parents to a sunny afternoon of fun and edutainment. At her One
Thing About History is.... family day event.
John-Baptiste is the author of the
popular children's title Mosi meets John Lee love.
In the piece below Michael Jackson speaks on how he believes that the school history books and the national/international media do not tell the truth about Black People's contributions in popular culture... He goes as far as saying that they lie!.He says that "...this has got to stop...and a change is gonna come..." Listen for yourself.
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