African slave trade http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/57755/all en Obamas to confront ancestry on Senegal slave island http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130625/obamas-confront-ancestry-senegal-slave-island <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When Barack and Michelle Obama visit Goree Island, a potent symbol of the slave trade off the Senegalese coast, it will be a moment to reflect not just on a dark period of American and African history, but on the First Family's personal story.</p> <p>The horrors faced by thousands of Africans transported from Goree on journeys to the New World will be keenly felt by Obama, whose father was Kenyan, but the tales of their suffering will be even more poignant for his wife, who is descended from slaves.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130625/obamas-confront-ancestry-senegal-slave-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa African slave trade Goree Island Human migration Social Issues AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:03:23 +0000 5867636 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama starts long awaited Africa tour at slave port http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130627/obama-starts-long-awaited-africa-tour-at-slave-port <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Felsenthal</p> <p>DAKAR, Senegal (Reuters) - Almost four centuries after Africans started being shipped to North America as slaves, the first U.S. president of African ancestry will on Thursday visit an infamous embarkation point for those destined for lives in chains.</p> <p>In his first - and, many Africans say, long-overdue - extended tour of the continent, President Barack Obama will focus on political and economic issues, but is also paying homage to a painful chapter in American history.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130627/obama-starts-long-awaited-africa-tour-at-slave-port" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa African slave trade Barack Obama Senegal Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:31:26 +0000 5869173 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama traces slave route in Senegal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/obama-traces-slave-route-senegal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama mounted a rousing case for the vigorous defence of human rights worldwide as he began a three-nation tour of Africa on Thursday with a visit to Goree Island, a potent symbol of the horrors of slavery off the Senegalese coast.</p> <p>Obama, joined by his wife Michelle, herself a descendent of slaves, and daughters Malia and Sasha, stared out at the Atlantic Ocean through the "Door of No Return" at the island's House of Slaves -- the reputed last exit for thousands of manacled Africans destined for the New World.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/obama-traces-slave-route-senegal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa African slave trade Human migration Social Issues AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:03:16 +0000 5869534 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama starts long-awaited Africa tour at slave port http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130627/obama-starts-long-awaited-africa-tour-at-slave-port-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Felsenthal</p> <p>GOREE ISLAND, Senegal (Reuters) - Almost four centuries after Africans started being shipped to North America as slaves, the first U.S. president of African ancestry on Thursday visited an infamous embarkation point for those destined for lives in chains.</p> <p>In his first - and, many Africans say, long-overdue - extended tour of the continent since entering the White House, President Barack Obama focused on political and economic issues while also recalling a painful chapter in Africa's and America's past.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130627/obama-starts-long-awaited-africa-tour-at-slave-port-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa African slave trade Barack Obama Business Environment Health Hospitality Human migration Law Politics Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:03:08 +0000 5869588 at http://www.globalpost.com '12 Years a Slave:' an American story unearthed by British filmmaker http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130909/12-years-slave-american-story-unearthed-british-filmmaker <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mary Milliken</p> <p>TORONTO (Reuters) - Set in the plantations of sweltering southern Louisiana and based on the 1853 memoir of a free black man sold into slavery, "12 Years a Slave" is unmistakably an American story.</p> <p>And yet, much is being made of the provenance of a film that has won widespread acclaim from critics and audiences at festivals in Toronto and Telluride and been touted as a top early contender for Oscars.</p> <p>Director Steve McQueen, whose idea it was, is British.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130909/12-years-slave-american-story-unearthed-british-filmmaker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African slave trade British people Racism Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:47:16 +0000 5928938 at http://www.globalpost.com "12 years a slave" crowned best film at Britain's top movie awards http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140216/12-years-slave-crowned-best-film-at-britains-top-movie-awards <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - The harrowing drama "12 Years a Slave" won the award for best film at Britain's leading film honors on Sunday, cementing its status as a favorite for the Oscars next month.</p> <p>The brutal depiction of American slavery in pre-Civil War times by British director Steve McQueen was based on the true life story of Solomon Northup, a free man tricked and sold into slavery in Louisiana's plantations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140216/12-years-slave-crowned-best-film-at-britains-top-movie-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African slave trade Racism Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:47:59 +0000 6072471 at http://www.globalpost.com