Category Storytime

Nannie Helen Boroughs

Nannie Helen Boroughs was born around the 1880s in Orange, Virginia. Her parents were formerly enslaved and her father sadly died whilst she was young. This led to her and her mother relocating to Washington D.C. Nannie was a bright…

Master Juba

Let me introduce you to William Henry Lane, the inventor of tap dancing. William Henry Lane was born circa 1825, in Rhode Island America. He was taught to dance by Uncle Jim Lowe – a prominent jig and reel dancer.…

Ottobah Cugoano

We have spoken about Ottobah being part of The Sons of Africa, however, we wanted to focus on his story and journey. He was an African abolitionist who sought justice in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Ghana Born…

Andrew Watson

24 May 1856 – 8 March 1921 Scotland’s first international Black football player. Young Andrew Born on 18 May 1857, in Georgetown Demerara, British Guiana (now Guyana). His father was Peter Miller Watson. Peter was a wealthy sugar plantation owner…

Margaret Busby OBE

Margaret Busby is the UK’s first Black female publisher. Born in Accra, Ghana in 1944, her father was called Dr George Busby and her mother Mrs Sarah Busby. Margaret was educated in Bexhill, Sussex and graduated at age 15, then…

Bernard Harris Jr.

Bernard Harris Jr’s dream was to be an astronaut and to walk in space. On the 9th February 1995, he made that dream come true. Born in Temple Texas in 1956, Bernard grew up absorbing all things science fiction, and…

Amanda Ira Aldridge

Singer and Composer – 1866-1956 Amanda Ira Aldrige was born in Upper Norwood,1866 Her father was Ira Aldridge, a successful African American actor in the Victorian era. Ira Aldridge Ira was originally from America and moved to the UK for…

W. Arthur Lewis

23rd January 1915 – 15 June 1991 Today would have been Sir W. Arthur Lewis’s birthday, he was a pioneer of modern economics. Born in St. Lucia on 23rd January 1915, both of his parents were teachers of Antiguan descent.…

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

15th January 1929 – 4th April 1968 Today would have been Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr’s 92nd birthday. He was born Michael Luther King Jr but later his Father changed his name to Martin.  Martin’s father – Reverend Michael…

Paul Revere Williams

February 18, 1894 – January 23, 1980 At Adeptales, we focus on Black British and African history, however, we also love to shed light on exceptional people. One of the greatest designers and architectures in American history is someone that…