Black History Update 11 August

Saturday  15 August. 11am- 12.15pm. Crossing the Colour Line: Empire, War and Racial Violence, 1900-1925 

Neil Evans’s Zoom  talk focuses on the Cardiff race riots of 1919 but tries to set them in the context of Welsh involvement in the Empire, and the changes in the international situation after the collapse of slavery in the Atlantic world.

Organised by Llafur, the Welsh People’s History Society.  To register go to:

On 1 August Llafur Zoom event involved Chris Evans, Marian Gwyn and Audrey West reflecting on the complex, nuanced relationship of slavery and its connections to Wales, and its importance in present discussions about race, place and identity raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Monday 24 August 7.15pm. Slavery and Abolition in Croydon

My Zoom talk for Surrey History Meetup. To join go to:

Saturday 29 August.  11am. Paul Robeson and Wales

Zoom Panel discussion organised by Llafur. The panel includes Tayo Aluko. Details to be posted on to Llafur’s website:

7 September. Deadline for Talks proposals for What’s Happening in Black British History? Transnational Online Workshop 14 October

The North East Slavery & Abolition and State Racism – Truth & Memory

O 6 August I was a member of a discussion panel organised by the Truth and Memory project in South Shields. The  session was recorded and can be seen on You Tube at

The explanation of the video is as  follows.

‘This was a most unique event to delve deep into the upsurge against state racism over the killing of George Floyd in the US, and the unprecedented upsurge against state racism in Britain and the light that has been shone on Britain’s history of slavery and colonialism. The north east is presented as a very historic place in the struggle against state racism, especially in South Shields and the Arab and African Laygate community. Hakim Adi speaks out on the overall struggle and what the people are fighting for now and in the past centuries, and Sean represented really well the whole work that has gone on here under John Charlton (Hidden Chains) and others to try and shine a light on the legacy of slavery and colonialism. Also Keith from the Laygate Arab and African community gave a personal account of his father and mothers experience in the second world war which was so interesting to hear how the state treated our local people here as “aliens” as they fought against Nazi Germany in World War II.’

The text of what I said is at:

The five pamphlets mentioned in my text can be downloaded here:

Part 1 Digging Up the Hidden Chains

Part 2. Black Indies

Part 3 The Day of Jubilee Is Come

Part 4 Black Abolitionists

For Part 5 – The involvement of people of African Heritage in the North East see at end

Reading etc

An American Uprising

Kate Werran’s book about the Black American GIs in Britain during the War and the clash between white and black GIs in Launceston was reviewed by Afua Hirsch in The Guardian Review on 8 August. Her final paragraph states: ‘That this racism was allowed to play itself out in Launceston is a satin on the record of the UK government, which failed to protect not only British law but the many black British and colonial subjects who found themselves subject to the hostility of white Americans. For a short while, as this fascinating book recounts, global issues of race politics were concentrated in a  town in wartime Cornwall.’

Hidden Herstory: The Leesburg Stockade Girls

The Black Loyalists

David Olusoga tells the story  in September’s BBC History.

Indian Army in Burma

Jonathan Fennell tells the story of the role of the Indian Army against the Japanese in Burma in the Second World War in September’s BBC History.

How Africans Are Responding to their traumatic histories

Afua Hirsch explores the work of 3 artists in her article The prejudice still surrounding African is absolutely roots in a racist past in September’s BBC History

Touissaint Louverture

James Walvin reviews Sudir Hazareesingh’s book Black Spartacus in September’s BBC History.

Mary Seacole

Bernardine Evaristo explains why Mary Seacole is her History Hero in September’s BBC History

Queen Victoria and Abdul

Shrabani Basu’s book (2017) is now available from for £4.99.

Learie Constantine

Henry Pearson’s book Connie (2017) is available from at £4.99.

Black Americans in Victorian Britain

This book is on special officer from me at £12.99 post free.



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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