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Black History story trail

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About the Black History trail

Did you know that in Islington you can discover stories and voices from all over the world, including Ancient Egypt, Africa and India?

Head outdoors and discover freedom fighters, singers, explorers, dancers and other inspiring figures from Black history on our trail around the borough. Black History Month falls in October each year, and is a great time to learn about and celebrate Black history and heritage. However, Black history can, and should, be recognised and celebrated all year round.

This trail has been created by authors Avril Nanton and Jody Burton, with the National Literacy Trust as a free activity inspired by their new book Black London: History, Art and Culture in Over 120 Places.

Additional activities

  1. Check out our Black British booklists for children from 0-16 years old
  2. Check out the 100 Caribbean books that made us, Black sci-fi and more from Islington Libraries
  3. Find out more about the Black history timeline and landmarks by reading Black London: History, Art and Culture in Over 120 Places
  4. Write a news report from the perspective of Amelia Edwards about the moment she travelled the River Nile alone. What do you see? What is the climate? What animals are there?
  5. Write a poem starting with the sentence of Martin Luther King’s famous speech ‘I have a dream’
  6. Visit New Beacon Books, the UK’s first Black publisher on 76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EN

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