The F Word

2020 has been a year of tragedy and grief. In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been something of an awakening about racism and the west’s colonial past, for the mainstream at least. (Those on the fringes have been raising such issues as police brutality, employment discrimination and health inequities for decades.) The positive is that more and more people are asking questions about our past, not to castigate or condemn, but to understand how history has shaped the present. So, in celebration of this year’s Black History Month, here is a non-exhaustive list of some of Britain’s most inspiring Black women whose stories have often been forgotten in the white- and male-washing of history.

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