Quote From Benjamin Zephaniah About How Reggae Teaches Black History
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« on: October 24, 2020, 10:48:17 pm »

In a recent article in the UK's "The Guardian" newspaper (full article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/12/black-people-history-respected-teachers-police-benjamin-zephaniah), poet Benjamin Zephaniah describes how, as a child, he became aware of Black history:

"I wasn’t interested in history at school, because I was being taught that black people had no history. We were usually being “discovered” by great white explorers, civilised by the great white conquerors and missionaries, or freed by the great white abolitionists. It was only when I started to listen to reggae music that I began hearing about my own history. I am not going to mention Bob Marley, he did his bit, but there was Pablo Moses, Fabienne Miranda, Peter Tosh, Fred Locks, Burning Spear, I Roy, Big Youth, Judy Mowatt and many more. These were my teachers."
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