Schools should teach children about colonialism, slavery and the legacy of the British empire, and give greater weight to the “immense contribution” black Britons have made, Jeremy Corbyn said.
The Labour leader used his visit to Bristol, a city whose wealth was built on the slave trade, to unveil plans for an Emancipation Educational Trust, which would educate future generations about the impact of slavery.
Under Labour’s plans, the new trust would “tell the story of how slavery interrupted a rich African and black history” through visits to historic sites and study of pre-colonial periods.
On a visit to mark Black History Month, 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.
“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.
“Black History Month is a crucial chance to celebrate the immense contribution of black Britons to this country, to reflect on our common history and ensure that such grave injustices can never happen again.”
It comes in the wake of the Windrush scandal, where people from mostly Caribbean countries were threatened with deportation and wrongly denied rights to housing and healthcare, despite living in the UK for decades.