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5 Black iconic figures who made history in Europe even in the face of great persecution

September 10, 2019 at 05:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Etsey Atisu

Etsey Atisu | Staff Writer

September 10, 2019 at 05:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Ira Aldridge | Southwark News

Blacks in Europe suffered a great deal in a lot of ways, stemmed largely from the thriving trade of slavery and its attendant discrimination.

For many of them, the journey to becoming free from slavery and building lives of their own were items high on their bucket lists. For a few others, it meant far more than just escaping the shackles of slavery; it meant that they lived for a greater purpose in life, establishing legacies for themselves and their generations.

In this list, Face2face Africa highlights some iconic leaders, mostly former slaves, who rose above discrimination and major setbacks against Blacks, to become famous for their exploits and their works:

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