If you ask British schoolchildren to list the names of people they learn about in Black history sessions, it does not take long to notice that most of the names are American. In fact, up until at least 2013, there was a section on the Key Stage 3 syllabus known as ‘Black People of the Americas’. However, there has never been a section titled ‘Black People of the British Isles’ even though there is easily evidenced history to this effect going back to Roman times 2,000 years ago.

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