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Black History Lectures IV: The Presence of the Moors in Europe and the United Kingdom
25 August, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Museum of Cambridge for a fascinating evening with Dr Carol Brown-Leonardi.
Carol, a researcher in the British Windrush generation and Caribbean Folklore, will share her research on topics of Black British History at the Museum of Cambridge. In a series of in-person lectures on the last Friday of the month, Carol will explore Black History from the Romans to the Tudors.
The Moors are Northern Africans and they had extensive knowledge of ancient Egypt and Nubia, which was fostered from constant cultural exchanges between the Africans of Northwest and North Africa. They are important because they gave us some of the fundamental structures from which we could construct key elements of our society. They introduced science, literature, and other forms of knowledge to Europe that lifted it out of the dark ages, when they conquered the Iberian Peninsula in A.D. 711. The Iberian Peninsula, then known as the Al-Andalus territory, thrived as the centre of arts and culture, it was esteemed for its scientific advancements and economic prosperity. The Moors existed and ruled Europe for over 700 years and resided in the Royal houses of Europe, where they collaborated on many levels with each other, which included marriage. There is very little discussion about the presence of black people in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales before the 1500’s. This lecture aims to gain some insights on some of the influences from the Moors as well as black individuals that lived or visited England before and during this period.
Dr Carol Brown-Leonardi
Dr Carol Brown-Leonardi works at the Open University. Since 2000 Dr Brown-Leonardi has carried out long-term fieldwork and research projects on political discourse and non-renewable resources in the Mackenzie Valley, Canada and research on reindeer racing and training race reindeer in Northern Finland. Her current research investigates how Britain’s exit from the European Union has affected the perceptions and decision-making of mixed-nationality couples (British and Finnish) to stay and live permanently in Finland or the United Kingdom. Carol’s most recent work focuses on the Windrush deportee’s experience following the hostile environment policy to understand the levels of inclusion and exclusion experienced in both British and Caribbean society. Carol is interested in local history and contributed to the research for the Equiano Bridge Project.
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