Jeremy Corbyn: Schools should teach about black history and the legacy of the British empire

by Nik Taylor | 11 Oct 2018

Schools should teach pupils about black history, the legacy of the British empire, colonialism and slavery, Jeremy Corbyn says.

The Labour leader said it was vital for future generations to understand black Britons' role in the nation's history and the struggle for racial equality. 

Black History Month is marked in the UK every October. But on a visit to Bristol, a city which built its wealth on the slave trade in the 18th century, Corbyn said that greater understanding of black history should not be confined to a single month because "black history is British history". 

“In the light of the Windrush scandal, Black History Month has taken on a renewed significance and it is more important now than ever that we learn and understand as a society the role and legacy of the British empire, colonisation and slavery,” Corbyn said.

A new Emancipation Educational Trust would use school programmes and visits to teach children "how slavery interrupted a rich African and black history", Labour said.