The History of the African & Caribbean Communities in Britain by Professor Hakim Adi

Many people think that Britain’s Black population has only developed in modern times, especially since the end of the Second World War in 1945. In fact, there have been distinct African communities in cities such as London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Cardiff for over 300 years. The first Africans may even have come to Britain thousands of years ago.


First published in 1995, this updated edition of The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain explores why people came to Britain, the problems they faced and the contributions these communities have made to British society.

Brought to life with fascinating case studies and rarely published photographs, this is an opportunity to get up close to the experiences and vital impact African and Caribbean people have had in Britain. Meet pioneers such as Olaudah Equiano, William Cuffay, Learie Constantine and Phyllis Wheatley and find out why African and Caribbean communities have been fundamental to Britain’s success on the world stage.

Written by British historian and academic Professor Hakim Adi, a specialist on the history of Africa and the African diaspora, this book is essential reading for children aged 12+ and anyone interested in learning about the history of these communities in Britain.

About Professor Hakim Adi

Hakim Adi is currently Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. Trained as an historian focusing on Africa and African history in the twentieth century, his work seeks to demonstrate not only the important links that were established between those on the African continent and its diaspora but also that Africans and those of African descent have played a significant but often neglected role in the history of Britain.

As one of the few historians specialising in the history of the African diaspora in Britain, his work has led to many speaking engagements around the world, as well as media appearances, work with museums and archives and the publication of three history books for children