"London, United Kingdom – Amid a global uprising against racism, there
has been increased interest in learning about figures in history that
are often ignored in school curricula across the world. Many of these
characters relate to the US, the epicentre of the rallies calling for
racial justice after the police killing of George Floyd, but there is
interest from other quarters.
In the UK, there is a renewed interest in the Windrush generation,
following a government scandal that resulted in Caribbeans who came to
England as children being deported.
But there is much more to Black British history.
Elizabeth Williams, historian and author of The Politics of Race in
Britain and South Africa, told Al Jazeera: “The significance of Black
British history cannot be overstated. In reality, this history is the
history of those in contact with Africa and its peoples whether
remaining on the Continent or yanked away to eventually form a
Here, we explore the lives of five Black Britons whose stories are
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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