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In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer

Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, World
5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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Needed

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

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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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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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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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Brilliant podcast

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

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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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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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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.

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a stunning reevaluation

I am thrilled and awed by what I have heard. so needed, many heartfelt thanks.