GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp

Cosmonauts | Day 20 | Queen Nzinga

March 27, 2021 Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison Season 4 Episode 20
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
Cosmonauts | Day 20 | Queen Nzinga
Show Notes

On the very spot where the transatlantic slave trade began, in modern-day Angola, the most epic fight for liberation in our history was waged between the entire Portuguese Empire and one Black woman. Standing toe-to-toe. Them and her. Queen Nzinga.

Say her name.

We are the #daughters of Queen Nzinga Mbande. Queen of the Ambundu Kingdoms of the ruling family of Ndongo and great sovereign power of Matamba. Ohhh that’s delicious.

Let it roll off your tongues: Nzzzzinga, Nzingha, Njinga. Her name alone defies the English alphabet, spelled differently across history. No matter how you spell her name, one thing is certain, trained in military precision and political warfare, young Nzinga defeated the colonizers, protected her people for 37 years, and set into motion a liberation movement that would ultimately defeat the colonizers.

We will not be your slaves.

Adjust your crowns queens, we’re going in. This is the greatest story never told.

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