From the Afro-Iran series by Mahdi Ehsaei (Copyright: Mahdi Ehsaei) | A Look at Iran’s Afro-Iranian Community | Like many other countries that border the Persian Gulf, Iran has communities of African origin living inside its border. While most Afro-Iranians are descendants of slaves brought to the country centuries ago, some Africans came to Iran in search of paid work as sailors. Afro-Iranians have their own distinct cultural & traditional practices.

From the Afro-Iran series by Mahdi Ehsaei (Copyright: Mahdi Ehsaei) | A Look at Iran’s Afro-Iranian Community | Like many other countries that border the Persian Gulf, Iran has communities of African origin living inside its border. While most Afro-Iranians are descendants of slaves brought to the country centuries ago, some Africans came to Iran in search of paid work as sailors. Afro-Iranians have their own distinct cultural & traditional practices.

Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar, ca. 1890-1895   Ranavalona III (November 22, 1861 – May 23, 1917) was the last sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar.  She ruled from July 30, 1883, to February 28, 1897, in a reign marked by ongoing and ultimately futile efforts to resist the colonial designs of the government of France. As a young woman, she was selected from among several Andriana (nobles) qualified to succeed Queen Ranavalona II upon her death.

Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar, ca. 1890-1895 Ranavalona III (November 22, 1861 – May 23, 1917) was the last sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar. She ruled from July 30, 1883, to February 28, 1897, in a reign marked by ongoing and ultimately futile efforts to resist the colonial designs of the government of France. As a young woman, she was selected from among several Andriana (nobles) qualified to succeed Queen Ranavalona II upon her death.

At the age of five, Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal Yoruba dynasty, was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a "gift" from one royal family to another. A unique and admired figure in history, she spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa.

Queen Victoria’s Black Princess

At the age of five, Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal Yoruba dynasty, was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a "gift" from one royal family to another. A unique and admired figure in history, she spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa.

Worse than history being forever altered, are the words used to forever alter perceptions imbrued in stereotypical fears.

Worse than history being forever altered, are the words used to forever alter perceptions imbrued in stereotypical fears.

The Kingdom of Kush lay to the South of Egypt and is famous for its more pointed pyramids. Several Queens have ruled Kush, but one of the greatest is certainly Amanirenas. Ruling for about 30 years, she led her forces against the Romans in Egypt. After initial success, the Romans pushed back. A peace treaty was then signed, by terms favorable to Kush.  A contemporary of Cleopatra, Amanirenas was probably blind in one eye.

The Kingdom of Kush lay to the South of Egypt and is famous for its more pointed pyramids. Several Queens have ruled Kush, but one of the greatest is certainly Amanirenas. Ruling for about 30 years, she led her forces against the Romans in Egypt. After initial success, the Romans pushed back. A peace treaty was then signed, by terms favorable to Kush. A contemporary of Cleopatra, Amanirenas was probably blind in one eye.

Phillis Wheatley, was brought to Boston from Senegal as a slave child who spoke no English. Phillis Wheatley (born c. 1753) was brought to Boston on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis, who mastered English, Latin, and Greek. Her volume of English poetry, published in 1773, is the earliest known publication by an African-American writer.

Phillis Wheatley, was brought to Boston from Senegal as a slave child who spoke no English. Phillis Wheatley (born c. 1753) was brought to Boston on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis, who mastered English, Latin, and Greek. Her volume of English poetry, published in 1773, is the earliest known publication by an African-American writer.

1862. Sarah Forbes Bonetta   West African of royal blood. Orphaned in a brutal massacre in her home country at the age eight.  Captured and later given to Queen Victoria who, impressed by the girl's natural regal manner and exceptional intelligence, gave her sanction to be married  in Brighton in August 1862.    The wedding party,  in ten carriages, was made up of white ladies with African gentlemen, and African ladies with white gentlemen. There were sixteen bridesmaids.

1862. Sarah Forbes Bonetta West African of royal blood. Orphaned in a brutal massacre in her home country at the age eight. Captured and later given to Queen Victoria who, impressed by the girl's natural regal manner and exceptional intelligence, gave her sanction to be married in Brighton in August 1862. The wedding party, in ten carriages, was made up of white ladies with African gentlemen, and African ladies with white gentlemen. There were sixteen bridesmaids.

Princess Elizabeth of Toro (Uganda) read her book "Elizabeth of Toro, The odyssey of an African Princess." Great read!

Princess Elizabeth of Toro (Uganda) read her book "Elizabeth of Toro, The odyssey of an African Princess." Great read!

Carlota, an enslaved woman, took up the machete in 1843 to lead a slave uprising at the Triumvirato sugar mill in Matanzas Province and was killed. She was one of the 3 leaders of the rebellion. Her name was later given to Cuba's 1980's operation Black Carlota in Southern Africa, which culminated in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the defeat of the South African army in pitch battle. Today, people can visit the remains of the Triumvirato sugar mill and see the monument to Carlota's…

Carlota, an enslaved woman, took up the machete in 1843 to lead a slave uprising at the Triumvirato sugar mill in Matanzas Province and was killed. She was one of the 3 leaders of the rebellion. Her name was later given to Cuba's 1980's operation Black Carlota in Southern Africa, which culminated in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the defeat of the South African army in pitch battle. Today, people can visit the remains of the Triumvirato sugar mill and see the monument to Carlota's…

Ancient Egyptian People -- Africa | 'A Valuable Veil'.  For an Afar woman, putting on her jewelry is like wearing her bank account. In a strictly male-dominated culture, it is one of the few things a woman owns. Danakil Desert.  | © Carsten Peter

Ancient Egyptian People -- Africa | 'A Valuable Veil'. For an Afar woman, putting on her jewelry is like wearing her bank account. In a strictly male-dominated culture, it is one of the few things a woman owns. Danakil Desert. | © Carsten Peter

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