UK and Women’s Multiracial Histories in London and Paris
London is a city made famous by its royal residents in Buckingham Palace, and the world recently rejoiced at the news that Prince Harry, brother to a future king, married Meghan Markle, a mixed-race American woman. While news media has highlighted the prince’s “unconventional” choice in a bride, Ms. Markle fits right into England’s multiracial community. This racial and ethnic diversity is not just a sign of the country’s future but also its colonial past. London is also reflective of other diverse cities in the U.K. and its neighboring city of Paris in France. All these urban centers are renowned for their rich history and world class art and architecture. Lesser known is their impact on black women’s transatlantic histories. This two-week course in London and Paris explores the histories of unique women of African descent who have reshaped their race and gender identities in these rich cities and influenced transatlantic cultures pertaining to slavery, colonialism, arts, and social movements.