Michael Ohajuru Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ,presents how the Victorians plundered African treasures with a white – supremacist attitude based on their understanding of what they believed as their God given right – to ‘civilise’ a continent that they understood had no history. Systematically they plundered in the name of Christianity and when the real motive was capitalism – money and greed.
This talk exposes the hypocrisy in the European philosophy towards Africa – a continent which according to their philosophers and historians had no history , no art and no literature .
Hear how white male European intellectual elites and academics marvelled at the beauty and brilliance of the Benin treasures unable to believe that ‘barbarians ‘ could produce such wonders:
We were at once astounded at such an unexpected find, and puzzled to account for so highly developed an art among a race so entirely barbarous
Sir Charles Hercules Read (1857 –1929) British archaeologist and curator at the British Museum
Black Lives Matter is making the establishment think again – this talk shows how things are changing.
Other coming events from Black History Walks
- Black History River Cruise
- Black History Bus Tour
- Stamps, Statues and Star Trek
- 20 Banned Black films you need to see
- Black image in the National Gallery
- Theatreland Black History walk
- African Superheroes Day
- Phoenix Family Fun day Caribbean Superheroes
- Hackney/St Paul’s Bank Black History Walk
- 15 Years of African Odysseys anniversary events
- Call of Duty Black History Breakdown
- Black filmmakers (bfm) empire with Nadia Denton
- Harlem in Mayfair Black History Walk