Black history

Explore the histories of Black people in Europe with stories and content from Europeana

Notable people

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How Audre Lorde made Black and feminist history in Germany

collage showing artwork of Juan de Pareja by Diego Velázquez, photograph of Nellie Cooman and image of Toussaint Louverture
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The stories and achievements of Black figures from the past to the present

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Discover the history of a modern dance theatre that helped propel stories of a nation to the world

black and white photograph of Ira Aldridge, who wears formal clothing
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African-American Shakespearean actor and abolitionist who was renowned across Europe

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Dancer, spy and freedom fighter - Josephine Baker was a force throughout her life as a performer and activist.

colour portrait of Joseph Bologne, who wears a red coat and holds a sword
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The life of Joseph Bologne, a French 18th century fencer, soldier and composer

painting of a young Black man who wears a green suit with gold buttons and large white collar, he carries a small box
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Three portraits telling a remarkable story of diplomacy and colonial history in the 17th century

black and white photograph of a group of people, women carrying large baskets on their heads and men standing in or beside a small boat
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Photographer sisters who chronicled early 20th century life in Suriname

black and white portrait of Angela Davis
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African-American political activist, philosopher and author combatting racism, sexism and homophobia

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Transatlantic perspectives on American abolitionist and anti-slavery campaigner

grainy black and white photograph of Leone Jacovacci who flexes his arm muscles
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Afro-Italian boxer who was Italian champion in the 1920s, angering fascists

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African-American fashion designer who broke barriers in the European fashion industry

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Singer, actor and activist known for her distinctive singing style and voice

colourful drawing with many different figures
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Cuban whose art was influenced both by Catholic and African traditions

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Three Black authors from the Americas who have lived in Europe

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Singer-songwriter and advocate for the rights of Black people across the world

black and white photograph of Jesse Owens running
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The 1936 Olympic champion who battled poverty and racial bigotry with sporting success

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Patrice Lumumba, Mariama Bâ and Fela Kuti's politics, literature and music

Gallery

Explore a gallery with some of the most influential black musicians that made history

Lives and communities

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The everyday lives of people from the African diaspora captured by photographers.

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Explore portrayals of Black people in European art, which are often exoticised, subjugated and minoritised

black and white photograph of a group of footballers who wear suits
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Photos, films and memorabilia showing Black footballers who have played in teams across Europe

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Multicultural theatre company inspiring new generations of performers

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Exploring moments in the history of Britain’s Black communities

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Poetry, writing and music in Guadeloupe Creole, Twi, Ewe and Xhosa, four languages of the African diaspora

painting of Aleksander Pushkin
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The ways in which mixed raced people have contributed to the stories of Europe

A creole woman in a red turban
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Kreolitude and what it can bring to people