Black History Abroad

Posted: April 16, 2014 in History

When we think of Black History, we usually assume the conversation is about African Americans. But there is also a rich vein of achievement among blacks in Europe. Brought to the Continent by the slave trade or as children of Europeans and black women, these men and women managed to make a mark that often challenged prevailing views of racial inferiority.

BY: JADA F. SMITH

Posted: Feb. 23 2010 1:01 PM

 

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MEMNON (2ND CENTURY, C.E.)

Memnon was one of several protégés of the wealthy Athenian businessman and philosopher Herodes Atticus. His name was probably inspired by Memnon, the Ethiopian ally of Troy as described in Homer’s Iliad. Although few details of his life are known, his origins as a black African are established by a surviving portrait head. This, as well as his connections with Greek philosophy, attest to the high intellectual status sometimes achieved by blacks in the ancient Mediterranean world.

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