Black British people are British citizens of either African descent or of Black African-Caribbean (sometimes called "Afro-Caribbean") background. The term Black British developed in the 1950s, referring to the Black British West Indian people from the former Caribbean British colonies in the West Indies (i.e., the New Commonwealth) now referred to as the Windrush Generation and people from ...
After WW2 black people from the Caribbean and Africa, and people from India, were asked to come to Britain to help rebuild the country. They were put to work in the NHS and other public sector ...
The articles in this issue are, in the main, concerned with the reaction of British people to black settlers during the centuries before the onset of mass immigration, following the Second World War. On this page Paul Edwards traces our knowledge of black people in Britain before the eighteenth century.
Our aim is to educate both black and white, to impress upon people the diverse historical background of black people, and to reflect the growing interest in black culture and history. “The popularity and success of the campaign highlights the fact that black history in Britain is intertwined with British history.
Many will be surprised to learn that Black people make up 13.2 percent of the population in England and Wales. However, that number pales in comparison to the whopping 44 percent of black and ethnic minorities in London. In fact, as of 2020, there are more than one million Black British people living in the London Metro area.
2. "Throughout Britain, black people started to establish communities, concentrating around the large industrial towns and ports. They also began to make increasing numbers of the army and royal navy and across other professions." According to research done by the team producing the British Historical Series: Regency House Party.
Slavery was legal in Britain till 1772. Many slaves run away to the East End of London. The black female population in Britain was estimated at 20%. Much interracial unions took place between the black population and poor white Britons, to the disgust of the British middle class. Most black people were poor, but not all.
Inevitably, black people had been arriving in all parts of the British Isles, unwillingly and willingly, for over two centuries. Current estimates are that at least 10,000 lived in London, with a further 5,000 throughout the country.