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Primary source material – ‘A Defence of the Ethiopian Movement’

Primary source material reproduced from Bandele Omoniyi, A Defence of the Ethiopian Movement (Edinburgh, 1908), pp.20, 42 & 80. Published in March 1908, after black Edinburgh medical graduates had been …

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c. 1906 – formation of the Edinburgh Chinese Students Society

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Bandele Omoniyi

Image – reproduced courtesy of Hakim Adi & the British Library By Henry Mitchell In 1908, a footnote in a book about a missionary skeptically quipped: “His Highness Prince Bandele Ominiyi …

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Primary source material – ‘Asia Awake!’

Primary source material reproduced from The Student 01/03/1906. Alongside debates, the Edinburgh Indian Association hosted recitals of poetry. ‘To Asia’ (possibly by BK Das, who addressed the association two weeks …

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Arthur Cecil Alport

Illustration by Yaz Serrano By Tom Cunningham Arthur Cecil Alport (1880-1959) born in Beaufort West, the Karoo, South Africa, was a medical student at Edinburgh between 1900 and 1905. He is …

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Primary source material – ‘Letter to the Editor’

Primary source material reproduced from ‘Letter to the Editor’, The Student, 26/10/1905. Dear Sir, I was told some time ago that the ‘University Hall’ did not admit any coloured people …

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Primary source material – TES Scholes

Primary source material reproduced from TES Scholes, Glimpses of the Ages, or the ‘Superior’ and ‘Inferior’ Races, So-Called, Discussed in the Light of Science and History, Vol.1 (London, 1905) pp.xiv-xv, …

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Primary source material – ‘Governors of Sierra Leone: William Fergusson, 1841-2 and 1844-45’

Primary source material reproduced from ‘Governors of Sierra Leone: William Fergusson, 1841-2 and 1844-45’, Sierra Leone Weekly News, 06/01/1900 Staff-Surgeon Fergusson, as Lieut Governor assumed the government, 3rd September 1841 …

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1900 – Richard Akiwande Savage, Nigerian assistant editor of The Student newspaper, John Alcindor and William Meyer attend the first Pan-African Congress in London as delegates of the Edinburgh Afro-West Indian Association.

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