Black N Black is a documentary that explores the relationship between African Americans and African immigrants to the United States.
Although both communities originated from the African continent, their view of each other is often fueled by stereotypes and misconceptions. Their already limited and sometimes fragile connections are further complicated by profound social and historical issues such as their relationships with Whites or the alleged complicity of Africans in the Slave Trade, all of which present challenges to their solidarity.
Black N Black highlights these issues in an effort to elevate the communication between the two communities. Filmed in the US, Ghana and Ivory Coast, the documentary presents compelling facts and thoughtful opinions intended to spark discussion and learning about each other as a means of building strong and authentic relationships.
A Puritan from England, John Eliot emigrated to America in 1631. Settled in Roxbury, he preached to the Natives of Southern New England and formed several Praying Towns for his Indian converts, Natick being the first.
His missionary work was a success, but King Philip’s War would shatter his future with the Natives.
PART TWO: THE BLACK SLAVES, THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND HENRY WILSON
Officially, the African slaves were brought to Massachusetts in 1638. They intermarried with Native Americans, creating a new demography in Southern New England.
African Americans from Natick fought the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Natick was also home to prominent abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s cabin, and Henry Wilson, a cobbler who later became vice-President of the United States.