Its interesting how much of Black history we have not been taught and have to find out for ourselves. I've recently been reading about the Maroon cultures in the Americas and I'm surprised to learn of the extent of the sustained and meaningful black resistance to the indignity and cruelty of African slavery.
These histories are by far more culturally relevant to me than the history of the Habsburgs of Europe, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the German Kaisers and other such European lore that I was made to write exams about, or the Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare and Keats that I was force-fed as a schoolboy in West-Africa all those years ago. It is shocking how much of our true history is unknown to many of us.
The resistance put up by these heroic peoples is much too important to our sense of self-worth and to our pride and dignity as a people and I think it is almost criminal that it has been allowed to remain suppressed for so long.
I expect to be doing a more detailed piece on this soon, detailing the achievements of these brave African peoples, who resisted oppression and fought back, successfully in many cases. Please seek out information concerning this important part of the history of our people, if you can. Peace..