Today I am happily surprised by the Google Doodle of the day which commemorates the French writer Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, to name just a few of his works. In the Doodle he is clearly depicted as a Black man! Why does it matter? Do you know how long it has taken for him to be recognized as so? Do you know that it took over 100 years for Alexandre Dumas, the most read French writer to be buried at the Pantheon? just because of the color of his skin! It is only in 2002 that, then French president Jacques Chirac had Dumas’ body exhumed and then enterred at the pantheon! The most prolific French writer of all times!
Please check out the article I wrote about this great man a few years ago:
Alexandre Dumas the Greatest French Writer is of African Descent
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I´d like to mention that also Alexander Pushkin, at times called “Father of Russian Literature”, had an African ancestor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pushkin:
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Yes… thanks Andreas for letting me know… I had published that here as well, a long while ago: https://afrolegends.com/2010/03/30/alexander-pushkin-the-black-father-of-russian-literature/
That’s awesome about the Google Doodle! Even more so with him drawn as a Black man. I didn’t even know he was Black until I read your earlier article about him.
Yes… right… and that is why it took over 100 years for him to be buried at the Pantheon with all the other French greats! Can you imagine? Him, the most read French writer!
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I couldn’t believe it took that long to buried there especially given how famous he was. Even people who don’t read books have heard of at least one of Dumas’s works at some point.
I had no idea he was of African decent
I didnt know he was african descedent.