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My Trip to Paris

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Le Noire- Black Paris Walks Black Paris Tour

Bright and early on the morning of March 13, 2018, we went on the Black Paris Tour finding all of the hidden treasures the Paris has to offer. Our wonderful tour guide, Kevi, taught us that much of our history (African history that is) is buried in the crevasses of Paris. Before visiting France, I had no idea that most of my heritage is scattered so world wide. Sad to say, my view was so narrow-minded that I  had come to think that African-Americans were the only people suffering with racial tension. I'm sure that many of us share some of the same views and that's why I  am here to share my experiences. Although, Africans worldwide suffer differently, we are all in the same. Let me explain some of my findings. My professor put together a few questions for the class to answer which is extremely helpful because it gives me a structured way of getting my points across. 

Paris Diary

Paris Diary

Paris Diary
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Kevi's Introduction

Kevi's Introduction

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What was the legacy of the Dumas family in French History ? 

Thomas Alexandre Dumas and his son Alexandre Dumas were both inspirational and power figures in France. 

Alexandre Dumas, born July 24, 1802, was a French author. Oh, and he was black. One of his most famous works include The Three Musketeers. 

He set the tone for many black writers world wide. 

Not to mention, Alexandre Dumas was the first black man to have a ghost writer. Kevi then showed a French movie that was about told a story not of Alexandre Dumas, but of his ghost writer. Am I  surprised? No. Our stories aren't important in the eyes of the white man. 

How have the representation of Black bodies evolved in the French culture? 

While on the tour around the city, we stopped in the beautiful Luxembourg Garden. To our surprise the area is owned by the senate. 

How has the impact of colonization manifested in French society and in the city of Paris?

Since the colonization of Paris, society has slowly been integrating colored people. As you will red below, France is atleast twenty years behind. 

Kevi informed us that there are currently no black officials working in the senate as of now.