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Black History.

Every October in Britain is Black History Month, which marks the abolition of slavery 200 years ago and also celebrates the contribution black people have made to life in Britain. SADE SONGOWAWA of Cultures Community Interest Company (Cultures CIC) tells us more.

THE year 2007 is the Bicentenary year for the abolition of slavery.

It is 200 years since Parliament passed the Act to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire - the start of a long road to abolition.

The slave trade was a profoundly inhuman enterprise and the bicentenary provides us with an opportunity to express our sorrow that it happened. It also enables us to remember those who suffered and who campaigned for abolition, and to re-double our efforts to address the legacy of the slave trade and to tackle injustice in the world today.

It also allows us to look around us and fight against all forms of contemporary slavery in our communities and in our country.

The overall aim of the series of events this year in Tees Valley is

to promote cultural awareness and community cohesion. It is a way of breaking down stereotypes of black people and their culture.

The events will provide opportunities to learn about a different culture, through providing a colourful display of dance and song in the town, and also, through discussion and debate on slavery and some of the issues that still affect black people today.

Dates in black history

AD 43: Roman soldiers drawn from all over North Africa and Europe.

1507 Black trumpeter at Henry VII's Court. 1555 First slaves brought to Britain.

1601 Elizabeth 1 orders the Lord Mayor of London to expel London's small black population.

1700s Population of black and Asian slaves, servants and seamen increases.

1765 Emancipation of slaves campaign begins in Britain.

1783-8 British withdrawal from America brings loyalists to Britain, including small number of freed black slaves.

1833 Abolition of slavery in Britain.

1914-18 WWI. Influx from dominions and colonies.

1939 WWII Soldiers and workers from all over the Empire are stationed in Britain.

1948 SS Empire Windrush brings the first West Indian immigrants to Britain.

1950 Continued encouragement of immigration from the Commonwealth.

1968 British Asians are expelled from Kenya and many settle in Britain.

1972 British Asians are expelled from Uganda and many settle in Britain.

1976 Race Relations Act passed and the Commission for Racial Equality established.

1993 Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act is passed.

2001 Race Relations Amendment Act is passed.All Public Services must actively promote race equality.

For more information on Black History Month and details of events throughout the UK, visit www.black-history-month.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2007
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