January 5, 2015

The Book of Negroes, the Story of Black Loyalists, Airs as a Mini-Series January 7, 2015

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, has been made into  a TV Mini-Series, set to air January 7th. According to CBC:

The Book of Negroes chronicles the dramatic journey and life of Aminata Diallo, a young West African girl, abducted from her village and sold into slavery in America. Eventually, she registers her name in the Book of Negroes, the British ledger of 3,000 Black Loyalists who declared their allegiance to the King and were allowed to leave America for Nova Scotia – and what they believed was the promised land. She lives her final years in England.

The $10-million miniseries premieres on CBC Television on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. (9:30 in Newfoundland) and continues on consecutive Wednesdays; in February, it will air in the United States on BET (Black Entertainment Television).

Hill, 57, who co-wrote the screenplay, says it is “very profoundly a Canadian story, but a very unknown Canadian story. It’s a Canadian story that has not been dramatized before … the story of the Black Loyalists."

 Also available as  The Book of Negroes on Amazon

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