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INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM OPENING SPEECH

 Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool The day will come when it is impossible to imagine a pleasant and articulate black Liverpool teenager being excluded from his school for resisting racial hostility and physical attacks from his white schoolmates. But that day has not yet come. The day will come when it is impossible to imagine an African American woman, here to give a lecture on behalf of the International Slavery Museum and accompanied by her young son on the streets of Liverpool, being called “nigger” by a young white boy. Sadly, that day has not yet come....

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THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF CHATTEL SLAVERY

Excerpts from a lecture presented by Molefi Kete Asante in Liverpool Town Hall on August 21, 2007 for the opening of the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. Whenever I am in the city of Liverpool I feel quite connected to it like I am in an American city, a city with familiar images, histories, and dynamics. In many ways it is like Charleston, Savannah, Baltimore, and my own city, Philadelphia. Of course the link is truly historical but Liverpool has a visceral impact on me, a descendant of enslaved Africans whose ancestry goes to Sudan and Nigeria. I will never know...

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THE LIVERPOOL-BORN BLACK COMMUNITY

The history of The Liverpool Black Community seems to have been strangely ignored in the dialogue on asylum seekers and immigration by government pundits. The Liverpool Black Community is distinguished from others by its continuity, some black Liverpudlians being able to trace their roots in Liverpool for as many as ten generations. This community dates back to even before the American War of Independence, which caused numbers of free Black Loyalists to settle in London and the growing township. Early settlers ranged from freed slaves and black servants to the student sons and daughters of African rulers, who had visited...