Week 5 - Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK and it's been celebrated nationwide every year for nearly 40 years.

This month was originally founded to recognize the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations.

Now Black History Month has expanded to include the history of African, Asian, Caribbean people and their contributions too.

Why is black history month important?

Black history month was first launched in London in the 1980s, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools.

Black people have been in Britain for a lot longer than previously thought - One of the oldest skeletons ever found was that of the Cheddar Man who had dark skin.

Archaeologist, the people who study human history through digging up sites, looking at bones and ancient objects, think that he was alive during the stone age.

Throughout history black people have always been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in the history books.

In paintings of Henry the Eighth you can see black people in the background. Queen Victoria even had a black goddaughter who's mother was a Nigerian Princess called Omoba, she was given to the queen when her parents died after being captured by slave traders, her name was changed to Sarah Forbes-Bonetta.

Many people say that it's important to remember the forgotten people who have helped to shape the UK.

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