Every year, Unite celebrates Black History Month UK highlighting the achievements and contributions black people have made to our society. In solidarity we have decided to kick this October off with an attempt to try and highlight some good links and articles about the British Black Panthers and black workers involvement in the UK trade union movement.
Unite have released interesting leaflet for the event with a run down of important figures involved in Union work from William Davidson to the present day activists like Rehana Azam. Black History Month stickers and posters are available at Unite Regional/District Offices and there is also a ‘Have your say’ survey available which we would encourage all BAEM members to complete.
The Amazing Lost Legacy Of The British Black Panthers
A Vice interview with Neil Kenlock (Official BBP Photographer) that includes an amazing collection of his photos.
Panther: The Black Rebellion
This Pamphlet is a collection of material written by members of Panther. It is the first in a series of publications combining historical and present-day issues which are of crucial importance to the Black movement in Britain and America.
The History Of Blacks In Britain: From Slavery To Rebellion is a particularly good, if slightly dated, text. It is an edited version of a talk given by Lorraine White to the Panther branch meeting in London in September 1994.
And in case you don’t know much about the Panthers, the British Library has a nice run down of the group along with original images of conference programs and articles from The Black Panther. It also handily links other radical liberation groups publications in the sidebar.
Keeping in touch with our union roots, Britain at Work has a piece called Black Workers And Trade Unions 1945 – 2000 by Wilf Sullivan (TUC Race Equality Officer), which is well worth the read. There are also a collection of interviews (audio and video) with workers talking about their experiences of work-life, some as women, as migrants, as black and ethnic minorities, and as working class workers.