This month we have been celebrating Black History Month and all the powerful and truthful books written by, and about, people of colour.
London has a rich, deep and proud black history which likely dates back to the Roman period, if not before. London’s diverse community is a source of strength and inspiration throughout its history. For example:
- Olaudah Equiano, was an eighteenth century bestselling author who helped lead the campaign to make slavery illegal.
- The composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor wrote some enduring music of great beauty, but died tragically young.
- Humanitarian, Businesswoman and healthcare provider, Mary Seacole was hailed as mother of British Soldiers for her work during the Crimean War to care for wounded and convalescent soldiers.
You can find out more about this history with CityLibrary Search