6×60 minutes – Historical drama, mini-series
Date of first broadcast: January 7, 2015
Originating network: CBC Television
Based on the book by Canadian author Laurence Hill who cowrote the screenplay, The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo – an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. As great as her accomplishments are, Aminata discovers that her desire to reclaim the home of her childhood can never be fulfilled and that in order to find peace, she must carve out a new home of her own. The Book of Negroes was co-produced by CBC in Canada and BET in the United States.
Also see: CBC Honours Emancipation Day