Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Where Were the Black People at Dunkirk?

The UK is currently commemorating the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk. There will be a celebration in Dunkirk later this week.

In case you are not sure what this refers to, in 1940, during the early days of the Second World War, Britain and France suffered defeat at the hands of Germany, and their troops were stranded on the French beaches at Dunkirk.

More than 900 little ships came from Britain, evacuated the British and French forces and ferried them across the Channel to safety. They were able to rescue thousands of troops over the course of several days. This is often reported as an example of wartime British bravery and comradeship.

What is rarely talked about is the fact that many troops in the French Army were from Africa, and the little ships refused to take the Black soldiers. They left them on the beaches for the Germans to capture, and many ended up in Auschwitz. Senegalese director Sembene Ousmane mentions this in his film Camp Thioroye, which is based on the true story of a massacre of African soldiers by the French Army during the war.

To read more about the experiences and contribution of Black people to the war effort, see: Hidden Histories: Black People in World War II.

See also: London Black History Walks

Monday, May 03, 2010

Black Books I Have Tagged on Amazon

Please help me by tagging my book Success Strategies for Black People on Amazon.

Click here, then Scroll down the page until you come to “Tags Customers Associate with This Book” and click on “add your first tag”. Then add any tags you want to, or just click on the tags that are already there. You need to be signed in to Amazon to do this.

Or just type tt quickly and you can add tags or click on the ones on the screen.

Thanks very much for your help with this.

Here are some books I have recently tagged on Amazon:

Cotton Pickin' Paycheck by Joan E. Gosier

Joan and I will be presenting a new radio show starting in June. Stay tuned for more details.

Nubian Women of West Aswan
by Anne M. Jennings

Click here for a video by the author

How Ya Like Me Now! by Leslie A Morris

Chained and Bound by Allyson Campbell

Your Greater Self by Antwan McLean

Sweetest Revenge by Nahisha McCoy

Situations by Shawnta C. Richard

Please tag their books as well and help improve their Amazon rankings.

To read interviews with some of these authors, get your free copy of More Black Success Volumes 5 and 7.

See also: Books for Truth-Seekers.