For this post, we honour those who have dedicated their efforts towards documenting, sharing and hence bringing to light the often-hidden history of Black people in the UK.
A photo of Walter Tull, one of the first professional Black footballers (with Tottenham Hotspur & Northampton Town, after which he became the first Black officer in the British Army. He was killed in 1918, one hundred years ago). You can read more about him about here
Northamptonshire Black History Association (NBHA) is made up of volunteer historians who have committed over 30 years to researching, documenting and sharing the history of Black people in the East Midlands county and their story can be read here. The NBHA Project was the first major attempt to put Black British History on the record outside big cities like London, Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool. It successfully combined the efforts of individual volunteers, local community organisations and local agencies including Northamptonshire’s Record Office and Library Services. Among the NBHA achievements are the development of educational resource packs and a course in Black British history in collaboration with the University of Northampton. You can browse their website here and find some of their publications here
A similar but different story can be found in Exeter, in the West of the country, where a group of people came up with a project called “Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots”, which can be read about here
Historian David Olusoga developed an excellent TV series and book in 2016 entitled Black and British: A Forgotten History; some of the clips and episodes can be viewed here
The Black Presence in Britain is a website that has comprehensive material on the same and can be accessed here. You may also enjoy reading up on 100 Great Black Britons here or on the Diversity Dashboard of Black History, which can be found here