Omar Ibn Said was 37 years old when he was taken from his West African home and transported to Charleston, South Carolina, as a slave in the 1800s. Now, his one-of-a-kind autobiographical manuscript has been translated from its original Arabic and housed at the Library of Congress, where it “annihilates” the conventional narrative of African slaves as uneducated and uncultured. Amna Nawaz reports.
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- Judy Woodruff:A one-of-a-kind manuscript written by a slave has now been preserved in the Library of Congress.The Arabic-language autobiography spent decades in private collections, before the library acquired it in 2017. Now it has been digitized for the world to read.And Amna Nawaz reports on the manuscript’s remarkable for our ongoing arts and culture series, Canvas.
- Amna Nawaz:Born and raised in West Africa, Omar Ibn Said was 37 years old when he was kidnapped and taken to America as a slave in the 1800s.
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