*America’s celebration of black history takes place without fail every February. Well the Brits have October. Starting back in 1987, the black experience had been celebrated around the London Boroughs and has spread to other English cities.
The month of October was selected because it coincided with other significant events such as the London Jubilee and Marcus Garvey celebrations.
Slave trading on all British vessels was abolished on March 25th 1807. It took another 26 years until all slavery was abolished in all British Colonies. Besides the slave routes there were several legal battles in parliament which started with the petition to abolish slavery in 1791.
Birmingham and the West-midlands were the greatest contributed to the success of the slave trade movement in Britain. Birmingham’s merchants protested the abolitionists stating. The demise of the slave movement would cripple the nation. (more…)