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Tudor England part II: Exploring Britain's African connections

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*This is part II of Tudor England: Exploring Britain's African connection. For part 1, click here *

I've lost count the number of times I've been told, or shown that I do not belong in Britain. And on the surface, what I was taught in school seemed to support that. How could I confidently defend my right to be in a country when I was unaware that more than likely the people telling me to go home had African blood running through their veins?
English historian Peter Fryer, who wrote Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, tells us that there were Africans in Britain before the English came here!

According to his research, Africans were soldiers in the Roman imperial army that occupied the southern part of the island for three and a half centuries.

These soldiers were a division of the Moors named after a former Roman emperor called Marcus Aurelius. These soldiers were among troops that defended Hadrian's Wall in northern England in 3AD, Peter added.

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Tudor England part I: Exploring Britain's African connections

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Vlog: MisBeee Writes @ Africa Writes 2015

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Attending Africa Writes - the annual African literary festival in London - was an impulsive decision for me. A quick scour of the programme; a hop on the bus, and although 15 minutes late, I managed to sneak into the British Library auditorium without too many disapproving looks.