Guided excursion to Toledo, Spain
An expert local guide will introduce groups to the former Spanish capital, where Muslims, Jews, and Christians once peacefully coexisted. Known as the “city of three cultures,” travelers can see the influence of all three in the 12th-century Synagogue of St. Mary. Designed to be a mosque but then used as a synagogue, it was finally converted into a church.
Born of Indian, Moorish, Arabian, and Roma influences, flamenco is extremely important to Spanish culture. Students will get both a performance and a lesson, complete with all the dramatic poses, colorful costumes, and passionate music the art form is known for.
Visit an olive grove
Groups will learn about the diverse and complex history of olive oil today, which includes contributions from the Moors, Romans, and Phoenicians. “Students and teachers were especially excited about this activity because it blends history with something they’re already familiar with in their daily lives back home,” says Janae.
Black Paris tour
Led by an expert local guide, this tour explores the legacy of African, Caribbean, and American history in Paris today.
Free time to explore Little Africa
Groups will see how a plethora of African communities express their identities within Paris as they visit Chateau Rouge, a vibrant neighborhood known as Little Africa. This is also a great chance for students to chat with locals and gain a better understanding of their day-to-day lives.
Guided tour of the Louvre
No visit to Paris is complete without stopping by the Louvre. On this tour, an expert guide will teach students about some of the museum’s artifacts and collections, while focusing on Black history.
Guided tour of Brixton
Known for its Afro-Caribbean roots, this vibrant area of London is an energetic melting pot filled with street art, music, and small mom-and-pop restaurants. For dinner, students will split into small groups so they can explore and support multiple local businesses at once, all while filling up on dishes ranging from curried goat to saltfish fritters.
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Center
Groups will visit the current exhibition at the Black Cultural Archives Heritage Center to learn about its mission to collect, preserve, and celebrate the heritage and history of Black culture and people in Britain.
Evening theater performance
London is known for its vibrant theater scene. On this tour, groups will watch a performance that speaks to the Black experience and/or is produced by a local Black-owned business.
Sugar & Slavery tour at the Museum of London
The museum is giving groups a special gallery tour focusing on the role the city played in the transatlantic slave trade during the 17th and 18th centuries.