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Leo and Diane Dillon
Leo and Diane Dillon were one of the greatest illustration teams in the history of Fantasy Art. Books that have used their illustrations for cover or inside art include an edition of the Narnia books, Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, Her Stories and The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton, The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin, Aida by Leontyne Price, The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard A. Norman, and many, many more.
There is a blog dedicated to archiving their work here.
Picture the knights of the round table. They’re probably tall and strong, wearing armor and drinking out of chalices. And they’re probably all white. And while most of that picture is relatively accurate, the whiteness is not. Meet Sir Morien, the black knight of the round table.The blog MedievalPoC points out that Morien has been largely forgotten or white-washed in modern depictions of the round table. But early texts describe him pretty clearly as not-white. The blog quotes from the translated saga of Morien:
He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…
Had they not heard him call upon God no man had dared face him, deeming that he was the devil or one of his fellows out of hell, for that his steed was so great, and he was taller even than Sir Lancelot, and black withal, as I said afore…
When the Moor heard these words he laughed with heart and mouth (his teeth were white as chalk, otherwise was he altogether black)…
Morien isn’t even the only knight who isn’t white in the Arthurian folklore as the blog Elodie Under Glass points out:
First off, six percent of the Knights of the Round Table were men of color. Granted, that’s only three out of 49 men, but the entire expanded United States Congress is hovering around 13% people of color and only has one black Senator.
Although, it’s worth noting, one of those three men is green. But he’s definitely not white. So why do all our modern renditions of the round table include a team of totally white guys? Well, not every version of the round table stories points out specifically that Morien is black. Elodie Under Glass explains:
Meanwhile, characters in these stories aren’t really visually described unless they have superlative characteristics, such as mysterious all-black armor or remarkably long golden hair. Many knights were described as dark in hair and features. Instead of placing a large flashing sign in the middle of a saga going “THIS PERSON IS TOTALLY A PERSON OF COLOR YOU GUYS, WE REALLY HOPE YOU WILL TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT IN FUTURE ADAPTATIONS” the narrative might well have said “Sir Bors, who was dark” and moved on, assuming that readers or listeners would interpret it the way the narrator meant.
So the storytellers assumed we’d be sharp enough to pick up on their hints that Morien was black. Turns out, we’re not. And the West prefers white heroes anyway. So we now get a round table of white men.
Images via MedievalPoC: Miniature from Illuminated Manuscript circa 1350s; Statue of a Knight believed to be representative of Morien c. 1220
The Truth Behind The Rothschild Family: World’s Trillionaires
Christian missionaries from western countries were forerunners of colonialism in Africa. They played what has been described as a “pacifying” role in what eventually became the total conquest and control of Africa. At the height of colonialism, many of these missionaries collaborated with their respective administrations to enhance the interests of their home governments. In justification of colonialism therefore, these agents of evangelization took credit for “bringing Africans to God.”
European missionaries efforts to convert African kingdoms & Countries to Christianity.
The missionary reached success in Kongo and many other countries by converting the rulers and the entire kingdoms into Christianity.
This was primarily done in many parts of Africa and around the world to black/African people to better control them.
The last Photo Explains African/Black People Slave Revolts & Europeans looking for More ways to better control them. After many slave revolts and uprisings plantation owners and abolitionist wanted to keep blood shed between whites and blacks down, so the plantation owners came up with a mission. To convert their slaves to a watered down form of Christian theology, a white man had to be present during the slave church service. His purpose was to ensure that no complete books were to be read and that the black preacher was teaching the slaves as the slave owners taught him. One of the teachings was to keep the slaves focused on being saved by the God that the owners had given them whose picture just so happen to be of a White Jesus. They were taught that they were HAMMITES (a story added to the bible 600 years prior 800 in total). Every slave had to be counted in church so when the slave left he held his head down with his finger up so the white person present could count them. (Sound familiar?)
Many abolitionists including Lincoln felt slavery was wrong but the inferior hammites could at least be made civilized by white Christian ways. When a white person says Christian he means white name, culture, language. This mission was called THE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH.
Remember America was founded by racist Europeans and after killing millions NATIVE AMERICANS, they then begin to practice their own VERSIONS of the Catholic beliefs. This history needs to be known and taught among black people because without proper education and understanding of the history of Christian theology, it will continue to be a Trojan horse for white supremacy as it has been for the past 400 plus years.
Don’t Take the words of this post, Do your own research and Wake up
Amilna Estevão @ Golden Lifestyle. Photo - Pedro Ferreira Fotografia, Styling - Filipe Silveira Carriço, Make Up - Cristina Gomes, Hair - Helena Vaz Pereira
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A black man building a black family, means nothing without the Black woman by his Side, doing her part as well