Title: In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer
Author: Bonnie Greer
Narrator: Bonnie Greer
Length: 5h 30m
Date Read: July 7, 2020
This is an eight part series that discusses Black history from 300,000 years ago to now. It presented information about people who have barely been heard of before and you will not find in your school textbooks. I was hooked from the first episode and didn’t want to stop listening and learning.
Bonnie Greer is a playwright and former Trustee of the British Museum. Throughout this series she travels to various museums and archives to look at historical materials and she talks to historians about historical Black people who are not known. As an archivist, I love that she traveled to view and discussed this history with the actual historians who are finding these people. I loved hearing their voices and views on the history they have uncovered.
My only issue with this series was that the audio would fluctuate throughout the episode, which was usually during an interview. This wasn’t a huge issue but did make it hard a few times to hear what someone was saying. I just went back and replayed those sections. Clearly this didn’t affect my rating of this series though.
Overall, this is a wonderful series! I really wish it was longer because it was so fascinating learning about these historical people who are just now being heard.