Black History timeline | World news
Britain’s black history month has been running for over 30 years. Yet it took the toppling of the statue of a 17th-century slave trader for many people to discover how deep the legacy of slavery runs throughout the country.
For all of us to understand where we are, and how we got here, it’s clear we need to understand our history. And that must include the contribution of Africans and their descendants to the story of Britain, and the world. These timelines celebrate some of those stories: of world-shaping individuals and momentous events.
This is not about creating a separate history; it is about adding to the history we are already familiar with. A story which shows that, from the Romans onwards, Africa’s story has been intertwined with Europe’s and others around the world. It’s a story well worth knowing.