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Jeremy Corbyn: children should be taught about Britain's role in colonialism and slavery

The i logo The i 11/10/2018 Karl McDonald
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Schools should teach children more about the legacy of the British Empire, colonialism and the slave trade, according to Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour leader, speaking in Bristol, set out plans for an Emancipation Educational Trust to teach future generations about slavery and the struggle to end the trade.

He called for more to be done to teach pupils about the role played by black Britons in shaping the country's history.

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He spoke during a visit to Bristol, a city which grew rich off the slave trade between England, West Africa and the Caribbean.

Bristol bus boycott

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Mr Corbyn met Paul Stephenson, a civil rights activist who played a central role in the Bristol bus boycott in 1963 aimed at overturning a ban on ethnic minorities working on the city's buses.

The Labour leader said stories of people like Mr Stephenson should be as well known as that of Rosa Parks - the US civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

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October is Black History Month, but Mr Corbyn said: "Black history is British history, and it should not be confined to a single month each year.

"It is vital that future generations understand the role that black Britons have played in our country's history and the struggle for racial equality."

Rich African and black history

a man standing in front of a television © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during his visit to the Alone with Empire exhibition at City Hall in Bristol (Photo; PA)

Under Mr Corbyn's plans, the Emancipation Educational Trust would tell the story of how slavery "interrupted a rich African and black history", Labour said.

The trust would organise trips to historical sites, deliver school programmes and focus on African civilisation before colonisation.

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Mr Corbyn said: "In the light of the Windrush scandal, Black History Month has taken on a renewed significance and it is more important now than ever that we learn and understand as a society the role and legacy of the British Empire, colonisation and slavery."


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