UK and Women, Multicultural Europe, and the African Diaspora
London is a city made famous by its royal residents in Buckingham Palace, and the world rejoiced when Prince Harry, brother to a future king, married Meghan Markle, a mixed-race American woman, in the spring of 2018. 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 its neighboring city of Paris in France. Both 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 9-day study abroad in London and Paris with a follow-up online course explores the multiracial histories of unique women who have reshaped their race and gender identities in these rich cities and influenced transatlantic cultures pertaining to slavery, colonialism, arts, and social movements. Tour highlights include the city of London and Windsor, Kenwood House – home to Dido Elizabeth Belle – thriving black neighborhoods in London, a tour of Paris and sites relating to famous women of color, from Sally Hemings to Josephine Baker, a visit to the Musee D'Orsay and its special exhibit on "Black Models," the Louvre, and a dinner cruise on the Seine River.