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BLACK ANCESTRY TALKS: Marking The 40th Anniversary of ROOTS Mini-series

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Marking The 40th Anniversary of ROOTS Miniseries.

In 1977, the miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time.

Paul Crooks, the author of Ancestors, traced his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana. Paul’s acclaimed novel and appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) inspired a generation to start exploring Black and British ancestry.

Weaving Black history and Black ancestry, Paul will talk about his book and his journey to find his family history as a case study.

Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

Booking is essential. You are advised to book your ticket early as venue space is limited.

Light refreshments available.

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About Ancestors by Paul Crooks

Ancestors is a dynamic and inspiring novel is the result of Paul Crooks’ thirteen-year quest to find his African forebears. His amazing journey took him from suburban north London to the Caribbean and from there to the Gold Coast of Africa where his story originally began.

In the late 18th century, at the age of ten, Paul Crooks' great-great-great-grandfather John Alexander Crooks was captured and put aboard a slave ship from West Africa bound for Jamaica. Ancestors is the fictionalized account of John’s experiences in the forty years from 1798 to 1838, the year the slaves in the British West Indies were set free. Masterfully blending fact and fiction in a tale of power and justice, religion, loyalty, and ethics.

Paul brings alive an episode in British and Caribbean history that saw the rise of the slave revolt to end slavery in British Colonies. Paul Crooks also describes some of the research he undertook, the sources and repositories of information he accessed, the barriers that he had to overcome, and his joy at discovering lost families, past and present.

Author's Message: Ancestors is my attempt to reconstruct my family’s pre-emancipation history in a way that is both informative and enjoyable.

For more about Paul Crooks: https://paulcrooks.info/


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