Journeys through the Black Atlantic:

Exploring the political aspirations and achievements of Black Atlantic people and cultures

The Black Atlantic is a network of cultures spanning Africa, North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe forged, in the first instance, by the transatlantic slave trade. This timeline records some of the political, intellectual, aesthetic and activist work done in this transnational cultural formation since 1945.

2008

04

Nov

Barack Obama

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama was elected as the first Black President of the United States…

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2005

10

Oct

Paris Riots

The Paris Riots occurred after an incident where three North African teens were electrocuted after being chased by police officers in Clichy-sous-Bois…

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29

Aug

Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, leaving thousands of people homeless as almost a million homes were…

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2001

11

Sep

9/11

9/11 heavily affected the 2000s in North America and the Muslim world. Changes in immigration and travel security meant that more and more people…

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1994

07

Apr

Rwandan Genocide

After the assassination of President Habyarimana on April 6, 1994, Hutu forces began murdering Tutsi and moderate Hutu military and political leaders…

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1992

29

Apr

LA Riots

On March 3, 1991, Rodney King’s beating at the hands of LAPD Police Officers was captured on film and shared globally. The beating took place after a high speed chase…

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1989

01

Jan

Looking For Langston

Isaac Julien’s drama-documentary that led to his popularity and combined archival footage of Harlem…

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1985

16

Dec

the color purple

The Colour Purple

The Colour Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize Winning novel by Alice Walker, is released to box office success…

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1978

22

Apr

bob marley

Bob Marley’s “One Love” Benefit Concert

After Jamaica declared independence from Britain, Jamaica experienced a civil war between the Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party as both fought for control over Jamaica. At the same time…

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1977

11

Aug

Police Murder Steve Biko

South Africa’s apartheid government began to see Biko as a threat, placing him under a banning order in 1973. He was arrested in 1977 and beaten to death by state security officers…

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1970

15

Aug

FBI’s Most Wanted: Angela Davis

Angela Davis was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for her involvement in purchasing weapons for fellow Black Panther activists…

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1968

30

Mar

1968 University Protests

In Spring 1968, protests began to erupt at Columbia University in New York in retaliation of the university and institutions’ general support of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War and…

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1965

30

Mar

The Black Arts Movement

In 1965, Amiri Baraka founds the Black Arts Repertory Theatre School in Harlem and sparked the Black Arts Movement in Harlem. Throughout his life, Baraka collaborated with artists across the Black Atlantic to bring Black artists together….

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21

Feb

Assassination of Malcolm X

Malcolm X, a leader and minister in the Nation of Islam in Harlem was assassinated on February 21, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. Often contrasted with…

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1963

28

Aug

March on Washington

200,000 people congregated in Washington DC for the peaceful march advocating for civil and economic rights and freedoms of African-Americans where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream Speech”.

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1960

01

Feb

Greensboro Sit Ins

The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests led by university students that occurred between February and July 1960 to challenge the segregation of local department stores with segregated lunch counters…

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01

Jan

The Year of Africa

Referred to as the Year of Africa due to a number of events, mainly the independence of 17 African nations and Africa’s emergence as a major force in the United Nations.

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1950

30

Mar

Apartheid in South Africa

The South African government refuses to place South-West Africa under UN Trusteeship and passes multiple acts which officially divide South Africans into ‘White’, ‘Coloured’, ‘Asian’ or ‘Native’, formalizing apartheid…

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1948

21

Jun

The Empire Windrush

The Empire Windrush’s docking at Port of Tilbury in 1948 marked the starting point of West Indian migration to Britain as a result of the British Nationalist Act of 1948 that granted citizenship to citizens of the…

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1941

14

Aug

The Atlantic Charter

Developed between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, the Atlantic Charter was widely acclaimed due to…

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