Category Archives: Black History Month

Black History Month 2022

At Anti Racist Cumbria we are very clear that learning about Black history is important all year round, not just in October. Attempting to cover the entirety of Black history in a single month whilst maintaining white-washed curriculums 11 months of the year is not doing justice to the wealth of resources and stories that […]

The Fell We Climb: Screenings

The Fell We Climb is a powerful animated film that has been co-created with  Plus3k Studios and our grass roots youth group: Animated Futures. This team of inspirational young people was brought together in 2020 and the project began life as a space for young Black and Brown children to connect about what it means […]

How you can authentically support LGBT+ communities and anti-racism

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa Terminology used:  the term colourism is defined by oxford dictionary as; prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. The term intersectional/intersectionality is defined by the Oxford dictionary as; the network of connections between social categories such as race, class […]

Where has the spotlight been this BHM? On history or celebrity?

Author: Nick Anderson Scrolling through the hundreds of news stories and articles that have been shared during Black History Month I found myself overwhelmed – a sense of moral obligation mixed with a panic. I had to read everything before the month was up! But after catching myself reacting in this way, I realised I […]

The Bristol Bus Boycott

Author: Sarah Saunders Many of us have heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.  But how about Paul Stephenson and the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963? In 1964 when Paul Stephenson walked into the Bay Horse pub for a drink, the pub’s manager told him to get out, saying: “We don’t […]

Four activist organisations to check out this Black History Month

Author: Becky Little  History is being written every day. Despite attempts to bring in legislation such as the PCSC Bill which is being designed to introduce new police powers to subdue  activism in the 21st century there are more movements to amplify the voices of marginalised communities than ever before. We have undoubtedly come a […]

The importance of remembering the forgotten fallen.

Content warning: Historic use of racist language and stereotypes. War. Author: Dr Karen Lockney You may have seen the following Facebook post from the British Legion which states, ‘This rumour circulates every single year, and every single year it has been completely untrue. No communities have banned the selling of the poppy at Remembrance or […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Britain’s Hidden Black Histories

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE Did you know that the first record of Black dwellers in Britain was right here in Cumbria? An inscription dating from between 253-258 AD was discovered in the Cumbrian village of Burgh-by-Sands, which is close to a fort along the Western edge of Hadrian’s wall. It is documented that a unit of […]

Uprisings, Rebellion, Activism and Abolition

  Author: Janett Walker The history told to us would have us believe that abolition here in Britain was down to one White man; William Wilberforce. Heck, they even made a film about him just a few years ago, demonstrating at every turn, that William, the parliamentary abolitionist, a brave and visionary soul, practically single-handedly […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Invention of Racism

AUTHOR: MERRY FOWLER AND CONTRIBUTORS Content warning: Two examples of historic racist imagery, used to depict what pseudo-science was being used. Historical engraving depicting enslaved people on a plantation. Historic use of racist language.  The invention of racism  “The modern day use of ‘race’ is a human invention”- Natural Museum of African American History & […]