Tag Archives: black history month

THANKSGIVING: What’s the True Story?

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE According to the popular narrative, the first celebratory Thanksgiving feast was in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, which means that 25th November 2021 marks the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving. ‘Pilgrim’ is the popular term applied to all the passengers of The Mayflower ship that departed from Plymouth, Devon in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local Black History Exhibition in partnership with The Rum Story Whitehaven

7 OCT – 31 OCT The Courtyard of The Rum Story, Whitehaven Thu – Sun 10:00 – 16:00 We are delighted to have collaborated with The Rum Story in Whitehaven on an exhibition being held to celebrate Black History Month will focus on the lives of influential black people in Cumbria’s past and present. The […]

Photographs of some of the ingredients being prepared for the recipe, and a smiling young girl helping with the baking

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Cumberland Rum Nicky Recipe and History.

Black History Month is an opportunity to understand Black histories and celebrate the achievements of Black and Brown people. By engaging with history we can find connections and learn from past mistakes. This year Anti Racist Cumbria, M-Unit and The Co-op have come together to share a local centuries old connection that Cumbria has with […]

An Examination of Black British Fashion

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa Anti Racist Cumbria examines elements of the history of black British fashion, from the black is beautiful movement to the first black supermodel and the present day. Until the advent of the Civil Rights Movement the fashion industry operated its own kind of apartheid, which entirely excluded non-white models from its magazines, […]