ANCESTRY: Searching for my slave roots – By Malik Al Nasir, as told to Ed Thomas – BBC News

His name was Andrew Watson – the same surname as my Dad. And he was from Demerara in Guyana, just like my Dad. [Malik changed his name from Mark Watson after converting to Islam].

Andrew Watson (back row centre)

The poet Malik Al Nasir has been on a journey to find his roots as a black Liverpudlian. It’s a journey that has taken him back in time and halfway around the world, before returning him right back to the city where he began.

It started with a photograph from the 19th Century of a man who could have been my double.

It was one o’clock in the morning and I was watching a TV documentary about 100 years of black footballers.   

This was 2002, and there weren’t many programmes about black people, so it was worth staying up for.

Then a face appeared that made me catch my breath.  A Victorian footballer.

He looked comfortable, he didn’t look out of place, he looked like a boss. Very much a black British gentleman.


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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/22/2020 at 1:17 pm

    A fascinating story!

  • Patricia Kilkenny  On 07/22/2020 at 7:27 pm

    Interesting and enjoyable read

  • Kman  On 07/22/2020 at 11:12 pm

    Slavery, which the royal family tries desperatly to deny that it ever happened.
    You are only one of hundred of thousands whose ancestors suffered, and are still suffering today, because of the colour of your skin.

    You should check out a company in Guyana called Sandbach Parker.

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