Instead of accepting the divide and discrimination of the United States, a lot of black historians opted to settle in other countries around the world. Being international travelers made them see their possibilities to gain equality unlike in America…

Jazz pianist and singer Nina Simone (1933-2003) traveled to Liberia, Switzerland and Barbados, and finally settled in the South of France.

Activist and journalist Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) lived throughout the Caribbean and Central America, London, Harlem, and various countries in Africa during his Back-to-Africa movement.

And of course entertainer Josephine Baker (1906-1975) who achieved worldwide stardom and became a French citizen in 1937.

As a traveler myself, I’m inspired by these peoples courage. Read more on the Black History section of