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Mandela's life and times
With four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles, and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of all time.
He is widely regarded as the best football player of all time. In 1999, he was voted Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics. In the same year French weekly magazine France-Football consulted their former "Ballon D'Or" winners to elect the Football Player of the Century.
BLACK HISTORY FIRSTS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH INTRODUCTIONS
As we celebrate Black History Month we not only look back with enormous gratitude to the African-Caribbean community for their immense contribution to Britain, we can also look forward with great confidence about the future of our country
Bayard Rustin - Gay man in the Civil Rights Movement.
This is the story of a man that was part of the civil rights movement and was also gay
HISTORY OF SLAVERY
Scots proudly played their part in the abolition of the trade. But for a time we misted over our role as perpetrators of this barbarism. Many of Scotish industries, schools and churches were founded from the profits of African slavery.
At the end of the 18th century many people in Wales, and across Britain, became revolted by slavery's cruelty and began campaigning for its abolition
Liverpool was a major slaving port and its ships and merchants dominated the transatlantic slave trade in the second half of the 18th century.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH HEROES
We are looking for people who are interested in becoming carers.
As Member of Parliament for Tottenham, I represent one of the most ethnically diverse constituencies in Europe and, as former Minister for Culture, I am particularly pleased to be able to endorse, support and highlight this important annual celebration of heritage, identity and pride.
Last December, the world lost Nelson Mandela, one of our greatest leaders and statesmen. This was a man who dedicated his life to fighting Apartheid in South Africa and defeating prejudice and discrimination wherever it existed.
Ottobah Cugoano the first African to demand total abolition of slavery
Ottobah Cugoano, was an African abolitionist who was active in England in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Captured and sold into slavery at the age of 13 in present-day Ghana, he was shipped to Grenada.
The Atlantic slave trade or trans-atlantic slave trade took place across the Atlantic ocean from the 16th through to the 19th centuries. The vast majority of slaves transported to the New World were Africans from the central and western parts of the continent, sold by Africans to European slave traders who then transported them to the colonies in North and South America.
Charismatic and passionate, warm and wise, formidable without being forbidding, author and poet Maya Angelou died this year aged 86. Black History Month looks back at the life of this extraordinary and inspirational woman
The SS Empire Windrush, which sailed from the Caribbean in 1948, is commonly associated in modern British consciousness with the recruitment of much-needed labour for London Transport and the National Health Service, while at the same time solving unemployment problems in the sunny islands of the Caribbean.
Marcus Garvey (1887 - 1940)
Garvey was a Jamaican-born black nationalist who created a 'Back to Africa' movement in the United States. He became an inspirational figure for later civil rights activists.
Olaudah Equiano - prominent African involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade.
Olaudah Equiano, was a prominent African involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade. He was enslaved as a child, purchased his freedom, and worked as an author, merchant, and explorer in South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies, and the United Kingdom, where he settled by 1792.
Val Mccalla -Founder of Europe's largest ever black newspaper "The Voice"
Val McCalla is best known as the founder of The Voice, Europe's largest ever black newspaper aimed at the Britain's black community. He founded it in 1982 as a voice for the British African-Caribbean
Colin Ray Jackson CBE (born 18 February 1967) is a Welsh former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. Over his career representing Great Britain and Wales he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion three times, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion.
James Peters (August 1879 - 26 March 1954) was an English rugby union player and, later, a rugby league player. He is notable as the first black man to play rugby union for England. He was also known as "Darkie Peters".
Alice Coachman - first African American gold medallist
In London in 1948, Alice Coachman became the first African American to win a gold medal, when she won the high jump competition. She was also the only female American athlete to win a medal of any kind at these Olympics.