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Black History Month occurs every October in the UK and the theme of this year is ‘Proud to Be’. I’ve tried to curate a volume of New Histories that reflects this theme, whilst not overlooking institutional racism that needs to be highlighted.
In this volume our contributors have explored a variety of Black History, from Ancient Romans, to WW2 firefighters, to Civil Rights and LGBTQ+ activists, to the origins of Notting Hill carnival. There is also a focus on black media – the Destination Freedom radio programme and Charlie Phillips’ photography. I have also chosen to include an article on racist stereotypes in modern media as an educational resource, so our readers can identify, question, and call-out the stereotype when they see it.
Whilst this volume of New Histories is dedicated to black history, I will ensure that black history remains an important focus of the magazine.
I look forward to working on this magazine for this academic year and I hope you enjoy this volume.
Hannah McCann (Editor-in-Chief)
You can read more about Black History Month here: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/