Tag Archives: black british history

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 […]

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 & […]

The Trans-Atlantic Trafficking of Enslaved People in the context of slavery at the time

CONTENT WARNING: Historical images of enslaved people in chattel slavery, pictures and descriptions of slavery and enslaved people. One image shows the back of an enslaved man named Peter. His back has been disfigured as a result of the whippings he endured. Some contextual historical use of language. Author: Sophia Newton Many people are keen […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The true varied, modern and innovative nature of so-called ‘primitive’ African Art

AUTHOR: MEG GUY The African continent spans 30.37 million square kilometres and encompasses an area large enough to fit the United States, China, India, Japan Mexico and more within its borders. A diverse land mass, it features everything from mountains to deserts, to jagged coastlines and is home to over 1.37 billion people. In terms […]

A 'Stop Racism' poster illustrating the difference between standard dolls and the offensive 'Gollywog' dolls

Are Gollywogs really so racist?

In the past few years there have been several stories circulating in the media about Gollywogs being sold in shops, and reports of Gollywogs being prized collectibles.  One article described the reactions of a couple in Yorkshire simply ‘looking to buy jam’ and instead coming across Gollywogs for sale in a shop. The couple where […]

Protesters march against racism in the police and in support of The Mangrove. Protesters carry flags and placards.

The Mangrove Nine

Author: Sarah Saunders When we think of the civil rights movement we tend to think of the US, hardly surprising when you consider we are predominately taught American examples of the Black struggle.  Most people have heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Martin Luther King and the Alabama Church bombing but many […]

What is Windrush and Why It Matters Today

Author: Janett Walker What is Windrush? Empire Windrush was the ship that brought the first large scale group of immigrants from the Caribbean. Unknowingly at the time, it began the post war mass migration boom that changed the face of British society. To be clear, the Windrush passengers were not the first Black people in […]

Stephen Lawrence: The Murder That Should Have Changed A Nation

Author: Janett Walker On 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered as he waited for a bus with his friend Duwayne Brooks.   THE EVENTS THAT EVENING Stephen and Duwayne had spent the evening at Stephen’s uncle’s house playing video games and then went to take a bus home. They realised the bus they’d taken […]