Black history month is characterised by conscious global efforts to tell black history from a black perspective. Black History Month is also currently a general celebration of black people’s culture and achievements globally. In line with that, we bring you some interesting titbits about aspects of black culture interspersed with its history.
Ever found yourself admiring the intricate designs, paths, curves and bends of the cornrow hairstyle crowning a black woman’s head? This African rooted hairstyle tells a story of redemption and rebellion. During the enslavement era, in places like Columbia this hairstyle was used as a tool. The intricate and carefully braided rows of hair served as maps of escape routes from slavery, and to hide grain and valuables needed to survive and start a new life after escape. Some hairstyles were also braided to communicate a desire to escape to those who knew how to read these messages. It symbolised the resilient spirit and determination of these enslaved peoples to change their situation.