Masters Student in Anthropology and Museum Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London
“The reality of racism operates in multiple ways, but seems particularly powerful due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of Black British history. I think the key to getting people to engage with the history of black Britain is to make it clear that black Britain is part of the history of this country, with contributions to British culture that predate the arrival of Windrush, European colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.
Independent historian and genealogist of Afro-Caribbean families
“The black British experience dates back to well before 1948. The sense of urgency to seek to understand our identities and explore our roots is palpable today. We need to address this at all levels of the system, creating age-appropriate spaces that facilitate open and honest dialogue about the multiple people and identities that make us up. We need to mobilize people through community events organized in all communities. Black British history is for everyone.
Director of True Talk Africa, a community benefit company based in Sheffield which educates people about the culture and history of countries in Africa
“Black British history should not be tackled as a separate subject deserving special attention once a year. It should be incorporated into any historical period being discussed. Discussions of the Roman Empire, for example, should mention that African soldiers were stationed at Hadrian’s Wall. This integration of the black presence into everyday British history is essential to demonstrate that the history of these islands has long been closely linked to that of black people.