Black History

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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. …