Walking Tour: 20th century Black History of Sheffield

Thursday 24 August

Join Mark Hutchinson for a brief history of the Black presence in Sheffield during the 20th and 21st centuries. You’ll hear about a fascinating selection of Black visitors who came to Sheffield – who came here and what brought them?


Were any Black figures born in, and life-time residents of, Sheffield? How did Sheffield respond to colonialism, and to Black presence in Sheffield post-windrush? The tour will consider the legacy of these aspects on the city.

You’ll discover the lives and stories of remarkable figures including Paul Robeson, Malcolm X and Olive Morris. Also, on organisations such as British Black Panthers and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

The walk will start at Weston Park Museum and end at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield city centre.

Mark Hutchinson is a historian, retired teacher and campaigner. For several years he has led historical city walks that highlight Sheffield’s Black history past particularly from an African-Caribbean perspective. In his spare time, he has acted as a trustee for the charitable organisations Journey to Justice and Sheffield Environmental Movement. He is a long-time Elvis fan.

Images L-R: Paul Robeson in 1941 by Yousuf Karsh, National Archives of Canada; Olive Morris, Lambeth Archives; Malcolm X, author unknown.

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