COURSE: the African Fight: The Hidden History of WWI and the Battle of Somme

Wednesdays, 1-29 June, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Our new series of Black History Courses offer a unique opportunity for you to learn, explore and become inspired by the history of Black people in Britain. Through a range of 5-week courses, you will work with leading experts and historians to critically engage with archives, unearth often untold histories, and gain a broader knowledge of an underrepresented history in Britain.

The African Fight Course will investigate the presence and contributions of Black soldiers during the Battle of Somme – a battle of World War One. 2016 will mark the centenary of the Battle of Somme. A battle in which Black soldiers from Britain, the Caribbean, and Africa were present.

During the 5-week course, you will investigate the turbulent relationship between European and African nations from the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century. You will discover how African people went from fighting against European nations such as Britain, to fighting for them on various fronts.

You will explore the African contribution to several continents, during World War One, including key events such as the Battle of Somme and evaluate the effects of the war for Africans in the diaspora in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Course lecturers: Selena Carty, Sheraine Williams, Tanya Prendergast

Fees and Eligibility

  • Courses are suitable for all abilities. Recommended for 15 years and older.
  • Fees per 5-week course are £50 per person.
  • Please ensure you are able to commit to the full course to fully benefit, as each week covers different       topics and subject areas.

Course Breakdown

  • Week 1: Africans in European Wars
  • Week 2: The Agreement between Empires
  • Week 3: WW1 and The Battle of Somme – Overview of the War
  • Week 4:Africans Who Fought in Other Armies during WW1
  • Week5: After the War

For enquiries about the Black Cultural Archives’ Black History Courses, email

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BLACK CULTURAL ARCHIVES Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. Learn more about the work we do, visit

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