Black History Month | Write It! Day 5 | At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England by Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers does an amazing job of piecing the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta together. His book would serve as an amazing source for a series on the life of the "African princess in Victorian England".

Official Summary: One terrifying night in 1848, a young African princess's village is raided by warriors. The invaders kill her mother and father, the King and Queen, and take her captive. Two years later, a British naval captain rescues her and takes her to England where she is presented to Queen Victoria, and becomes a loved and respected member of the royal court. Illustrated with historical photographs and drawings, this is an extraordinary story of royalty on two continents, colonialism, race, class, and identity.

It would be awesome to see such an amazing story brought to life through screen. Many people do not imagine that there were people of African descent in elite spaces during the Victorian period; this book and Sarah's life shows this to be false. Her life on screen would be amazing.


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