Een paar studenten op campus hebben besloten om elke dag iets kort te schrijven ivm de Afrikaanse en/of Afro-Amerikaanse geschiedenis, of het nu over iets gaat dat in de VS of in Zimbabwe plaatsvond. Deze keer kreeg ik de kans om iets te schrijven en vond dat ik het met jullie even moest delen. Hierbij wil ik ook de reeks happy Black History Month ‘lanceren’: elke dag kan je een nieuw verhaal, gedicht lezen, een lied beluisteren of meer te leren kennen ivm de geschiedenis van slavernij. 
A couple of students on campus decided to write a post about Africans and/or Afro-American history in general, whether it took place in the US or Zimbabwe. This time I had the opportunity to write something, and thought I should share this with you. Hereby I would like to start a series of happy Black History Month posts: every day you will be able to read a new story, poem, hear a song, or learn more about the history of slavery for example.

 

This extract comes from the film 12 Years a Slave (2013) which is based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave (1953) by Solomon Northup. The original story talks about Solomon, a free Afro-American living in NY state, who then was fooled, and went to Washington D.C. He then was kidnapped, and sold to a slaveowner in the Deep South (region in southern part of the U.S).
He along with almost four million Afro-Americans and blacks became slaves during the 18th & 19th century. Solomon was one of the few to be able to share his story at the time, and was released with the help of the state.
Until now, the concept for capturing Afro-Americans and blacks is still present, for example modern slavery in prisons where prisoners sometimes are forced to work for big corporations such as Victoria’s Secret -nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population are Afro-Americans.

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