Below I will list some of the most famous figures of European modern history (after 1500) who happened to be black or have African ancestry, but were integral parts of European (high) society.
Paul was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole at age 18 on an "accountability" theory for supposedly lending his car to a friend who supposedly murdered a man-- although the friend was acquitted by a different jury. From what I hear, he was only kept a day or two in the hospital's recovery room and then sent back to the prison.a Muslim having converted to Christianity or even the second or third generation of converts. I will give you some internet links, book references and a list of early Europeans of African descent, each time linked to their wiki page.If you know more about the subject I invite you to add information in a comment.After the 15th century, Portugal entered an intense relationship with African kingdoms in the Gulf of Guinea and the Congo coasts.Slave trade (although not based on race) and exchange between the kings led to the presence of Europeans on the West- and Central African shores, just as Africans in Portugal.Gustavus Vassa 1745-1797 Author and abolitionist, UKChevalier de Saint Georges 1745-1799 A famous musican, composer and swardsman of his times Listen to his music here.Thomas Alexandre Dumas 1762-1806 A general of the French Revolution George Polgreen Bridgetower 1780-1860 Musician and composer Listen and watch here Alexandre Pushkin 1799-1837Famous author, great-grandson of Abraham Petrovich Ganibal On Pushkin’s Blackness Morgan Jerkins writes on 'Alexander Pushkin’s Blackness', "Pushkin was born in 1799 and although he was an aristocrat, he was proud of his Blackness.Leo Africanus is often stated as one of these black and European noble men and scholars.But it is rather speculation to state if he was black or white.This racial perspective on identity and humanity only gained authority in later modern times. Black people were part of European imagination and reality from very early times. We can say with certainty that there were black people in Europe before that white people reached the area south of the Sahara.North Africa, Iberia and the Middle East were the crossroad where black and white intermingled.