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Commentary: Black History Month in Britain- By Murphy Browne

Commentary: Black History Month in Britain

Published on October 14, 2014  – By Murphy Browne

October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom.  There has been an African presence in Britain for centuries, although we are led to believe that Africans arrived in Britain as enslaved people during the dreadful Maafa when millions were kidnapped and dragged out of the African continent. Guyanese historian Dr Ivan Van Serbia and African American historian Dr Runoko Rashidi published “African Presence in Early Europe” in 1985.

Murphy Browne

The documented African presence in Britain according to white British author Peter Fryer goes back to the year 210. In his 1984 published book “Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain” Fryer wrote: “There were Africans in Britain before the English came here. They were soldiers in the Roman imperial army that occupied the southern part of our island for three and a half centuries. Though the earliest attested date for this unit’s presence here is 253-8, an African soldier is reputed to have reached Britain by the year 210.” Continue reading

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