Black History |Colorism Origins: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers

Paul reveals why British and North American people view race through the lens of a colour hierarchy.

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history"
Martin Luther King, Jr

This talk will help audiences interested in Black History gain an appreciation of

  • what the 1817 Slave Registers reveal about the roots of colorism
  • how Black British and North American ancestors embraced ideas of colorism
  • why colorism continued after transatlantic slavery ended
  • the extent to which understanding the history of the modern era can be used as a tool for empowerment
  • how a deeper understanding of colorism origins can prove positive in recalibrating the discourse on race, color & identity;
  • how discourse on colorism can support others to modify attitudes and behaviors.


The talk is suitable for you if

  • you’re new to exploring family history
  • you have some experience searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information
  • you’ve started and you’re having problems furthering your search
  • you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of Black History.