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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1960

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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1945

15

Oct

The Fifth Pan-African Congress Demands the End of Colonialism

After an 18 year hiatus, the Pan-African Congress reconvened for the fifth time after WWII in 1945 in Manchester, England. This Congress was…

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