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In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer

Written by: 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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eye opening

fantastic series. a must listen for anyone interested in the history of the oppressed.

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This was very enlightening thank you, I am not part of the culture but always wanting to know more and thankful that this gave me the opportunity to learn more about Black History

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  • Harold Pringle
  • 2020-06-24

A delightful awakening for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The slave revolts in the middle passage was particularly interesting because the comparison of the manifests showed that when there were more women on board the likelihood of revolt was higher. The roles of women in these revolts was also brushed aside by the slavers who told the stories.
The history of the 1000 year reign of Warrior Queens in Cush was also enlightening and the fact that Augustus Caesar's statue among other artifacts were never returned to Rome as described by Rome.
The narrator was clear and the music was appropriate.

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  • David
  • 2020-07-08

Hypocritical

Author is hypocritical- when she agrees with something or there is something she wants to believe, the science is THERE, the science is SETTLED, science PROVES... it can’t be argued against. If she doesn’t like something considered settled, quote “it’s important that we apply new tests, that we have new angles, that we bring on the excluded, the marginalized, the hidden, the unspoken, the thing that unsettles our own theories” - “if you want to challenge settled knowledge you are taking a risk, and most people do not take risks” but if it’s a theory she likes it’s SETTLED- no risk taking, no challenges accepted, it’s the END of the discussion.

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  • Jen D.
  • 2020-07-01

Great to hear another side of history!

I really enjoyed this and was glad to hear some untold stories. I think it's important to hear all sides of history because you get closer to the truth.
One thing that bothered me though was that Greer would take something unknown and assume it as fact. She would ask a question to a historian and they would say we don't know that, but it could be possible. Then she would restate it as fact. I know she was trying to paint a picture for the listeners, but you can't say something is fact when it is not known for sure.
Overall, it was a good listen and I learned a lot about slave stories that I didn't learn in high school. I think that schools should teach this part of history along with what is currently taught so students can get more than one perspective and piece together the history for themselves.

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  • Mary Southern
  • 2020-06-29

Thought-provoking content for researchers of all fields

As a scientist (though not a historian) I really appreciate that this series reminds listeners about the implicit biases which have been embedded into our education and research process. Learning this history is important, but so is remembering that we have to be active in working to counter the injustice, prejudice, and racism of the past that underlies what we do now. This series gives listeners both, and is also an enjoyable listening experience. Worth a listen even if you have studied Black History.

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  • Mary St John
  • 2020-06-28

New curriculum

This series is fantastic!! It should’ve taught in all American high schools
It needs to be available in paperback as well.

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  • Julio Castro
  • 2020-07-06

Great interviews, but narrator pushed ideology

it'd be a five stars if the narrator stopped misinterpreting the stories with her ideology.

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  • Mervyn
  • 2020-07-05

A crit on Racism.

We need this history, but let's leave events from past where they belong, in the past. the guilty are no longer here. Don't cause anger & ire against those not guilty. Teach with the knowledge you have. Only understanding can change the negative. Only those who see PEOPLE and not coloured can join with the understanding of being a person and not take on the attitude of the animals. Animals are wary of anything that doesn't resemble them. we haave brains and can discern .

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  • Lilly
  • 2020-07-02

Excellent podcast bringing amazing insight!

What an amazing journey! I highly recommend this podcast to ALL curious souls out there. To all who seek to learn the truth about a great nation of amazing people. Don't wait another moment, download this beautiful podcast and transform what you thought you knew. Loved it!!!

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  • Catalina
  • 2020-07-02

Very Powerful and Educational

Although this series barely touches upon the history and contributions of African Americans in this country, it does give a rich and telling history of the African experience in other countries and through the ages.

Very Informative with a lot of scientific facts to back their affirmations.

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  • Yas
  • 2020-07-02

Well articulated

Bonnie Greer has put together a well articulated work on largely obscure part of Black History. This is a must hear for all who really care for the Black race.

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