Yasuke

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:23pm

Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579

Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579 Buy this photo
Kevin Moore

Black history does not begin with commodification.It has existed and thrived in many parts of the world before the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. This is more evident with people such as “Yasuke,” otherwise known as the first Black Japanese Samurai. Arriving from Kyoto, Japan in the year 1579 as a servant for European missionaries, Yasuke gained the attention from the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. The warlord was so impressed by his charcoal skin, beautiful features and physique that Yasuke became Oda Nobunaga’s Samurai uniting Japan until 1582.

Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579

Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579 Buy this photo
Kevin Moore