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3 Feb
"The first generation lives, the second generation rejects, the third generation researches..."

With this refrain, he began to narrate the history of Ottoman slavery & chart the lives of his family. Today's #BlackHistoryMonth profile is writer & activist, Mustafa Olpak.
The fifth child of Mehmet, a stone mason, and Kemale, a seamstress, Mustafa Olpak was born in Ayvalık, Turkey in October 1953. After finishing primary school, he began working in a lathe workshop. Later, he would get involved in labor movements, such as the Tariş Direnişi.
In the 1990s, he began researching and writing on a persistent question during his childhood: Who am I? In time, he would learn that his ancestors were likely enslaved in Kenya and sold in the Ottoman Empire. His family's history would become the subject matter of his two books.
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1 Feb
Happy #BlackHistoryMonth! This year, I wanted to highlight some figures from the African diaspora in Turkey, as well as those from the global diaspora who have a connection to Turkey. Today, I'll link some existing reading/resource threads ✨✊🏾 Mustafa OlpakSafiye Ayla Eartha KittKuzgun Açar
here's a thread that I put together last september on race, racialization, and blackness in the MENA region
Türkçe bilenler için - Afro Türk'ün web sitesi budur: afroturc.org Image
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8 Sep 20
Sept 8-9, I’ll be participating in the #ScholarStrike. Here’s a thread of articles that touch on race, racialization, and/or blackness outside of the U.S., primarily in the MENA region
This article by Al-Monitor gives a brief history of the African diaspora in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey.

Afro-Turks join global outcry over George Floyd killing almon.co/3dby via @AlMonitor
Sulaiman Addonia, In Search of Beauty: Blackness as a Poem in Saudi Arabia: granta.com/in-search-of-b…
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