Understanding The African Diaspora | 2nd Annual Digital Black History Month Education Campaign (Day II)

We are pleased to share day II of 540’s 2nd Annual Digital Black History Month Education Campaign

Understanding The African Diaspora

African Diaspora is the term commonly used to describe the mass dispersion of peoples from Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trades, from the 1500s to the 1800s. This Diaspora took millions of people from Western and Central Africa to different regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

The African Union (AU) defines the African diaspora as consisting: “of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”. Its constitutive act declares that it shall “invite and encourage the full participation of the African diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union”

Fast Facts

  • The phrase African diaspora was coined[during the 1990s and gradually entered common usage at the turn of the 21st century.
  • The term diaspora originates from the Greek διασπορά (diaspora, literally “scattering”) which gained popularity in English in reference to the Jewish diaspora. 
  • Approximately 23 million people of African descent live in the Caribbean. There are French, African, and Spanish influences.
  • There are an estimated 100 million people of African descent living in South America, with a large majority in Brazil.

About the Campaign

Every day throughout the month of February 540Blog will devote space to sharing Little Known Facts About Black Americans Throughout History. For us every month is Black History Month but we recognize and support the continuous need to take time and space to put a special spotlight on the accomplishments of Black and brown Americans from all ethnicities that have literally changed the course of history and yet have legacies that are not know by the masses.


  1. African Diaspora Cultures | Oldwayspt.org
  2. Afroculinaria
  3. Way Back Machine: Internet Archive
  4. Disapora Alliance

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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