January 2021 Program Information

Join us for a discussion of Black London: Life before Emancipation by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Date: January 16th
Time: 2 pm
Location: Zoom (See bottom of post)

According to the Rutgers University Press:
Gerzina has written a fascinating account of London blacks, focusing on the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of a paucity of sources from blacks themselves, Gerzina had to rely primarily on glimpses through white eyes, especially those of antislavery advocate Granville Sharp. Gerzina is quite adept at culling evidence of a rich, complex black life, with significant interaction (and intermarriage) with the white community. Although subjected to much discrimination, London blacks never suffered as much as their American counterparts. The author rightly concludes that blacks have played an important role in the life of London for much of its history.

You can find out more about Gretchen Gerzina here: https://gretchengerzina.com/.

The Digital by Dartmouth Library has free pdf, Kindle, and epub versions of Black London: Life before Emancipation at https://www.dartmouth.edu/library/digital/publishing/books/gerzina1995/. These are not illegal digital copies, but versions that are available for download by permission of the author and her publisher, Rutgers University Press.

The New York Metropolitan region is hosting an online event featuring Gretchen Gerzina on February 8th at 7pm as she discusses her new book, Britain’s Black Past. You can find more information on NY’s event here: https://www.jasnany.org/

Our event will also be online. You can join us with the below Zoom information.

Topic: JASNA NJ – Book Discussion
Time: Jan 16, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89864020607?pwd=dTczZ1R3cjZhOGM0aUhBeXZjcXZxQT09 Meeting ID: 898 6402 0607
Passcode: Austen 
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

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