These Historical Figures Were Black?!

October 22, 2014  |  
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Antique illustration of important people of the past: St Augustine of Hippo and his mother, St Monica

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Saint Augustine

No course covering Philosophy 101 is complete without referencing Christian theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo. What’s less commonly covered are his African origins and birthplace of (modern-day) Souk Ahras, Algeria. Most scholars agree Augustine and his family were Berbers, which is an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa.

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