The Moor in European Heraldry
If you have ever done an online search on the Black history of Europe, chances are you have seen those two-dimensional cartoon silhouettes that preface this article at some point or another.
Our previous study on the reconquest of Spain and Portugal from Moorish control was an introduction to the African Moor in European heraldry. In this article, we will explore that topic further.
We will cover the history behind the heraldry, the artists who were involved, the historians who contributed to our understanding of these works, and the meaning of these images.
Eugene Burkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Apart from learning how to read and write, Burkins had no formal education. He started out from humble beginnings, working as a shoe shiner in Chicago.
He had no prior experience making or using guns. He had never seen the field of battle or donned a military uniform. And yet, he was able to learn rather quickly how to develop an improved form of military hardware that would be considered the zenith of war technology. It was enough to rival the workmanship of the most seasoned craftsmen in all the world.
So how did he do it? And how was Burkin's weapon used?
A portrait of tennis player Arthur Ashe in 1975.
(Source: Associated Press via the Richmond Times-Dispatch)
This is the story of the athlete, scholar, and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.
Sickle cell anemia testing at the Black Community Survival Conference
March 30, 1972
Photo by Bob Fitch
(Source: Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Stanford Libraries)
Watch our 14-minute documentary on the Black Panther's Community Survival Conferences here.
If you were to ask people at random on the street today "Who is the greatest musician of all time?", what would be their response?
Perhaps they will start with the most popular stars of our time. Some might reference the late "King of Pop" or the late "Queen of Soul". You can expect to hear about the 'gods' of Rock n' Roll.
A more sophisticated scholar of music history and theory is likely to drop the names "Mozart", "Beethoven", "Bach", "Chopin", "Tchaikovsky", "Vivaldi", "Handel", or "Haydn".
A crowd gathers outside the barbershop. More and more people chime in on what should have been an icebreaker between you and the old man who left to catch the bus.
Between the occasional jokes, it is clear that more and more interest is building in this debate. Spirits run high as each expert tries to cut off the other in what is arguably the greatest, most epic rap battle of the century.
But there is one note missing from this ensemble. You cannot take it anymore. Suddenly, you yell out "Dear God! Hasn't anyone heard the name of the great Blind Thomas or Blind Boone?"
Everyone turns around and stares at you in silence.
And you are just as confused as they are.
You proceed to tell them the stories of two blind men.
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