UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says British children need to learn about the colonial legacy of their country and how it was built on the back of African slaves.
The main opposition leader will make the remarks during a speech in Bristol on Thursday, where he is scheduled to set out plans for an Emancipation Educational Trust (EET).
During the speech, he will ask the trust to educate future generations about slavery and the battle that broke out to end the trade, recounting the story of how slavery “interrupted a rich African and black history.”
“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, he will say.
October marks Black History Month in the US, UK, Canada and the Netherlands, but Corbyn will say that earning about black history “should not be confined to a single month each year.”
“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,” he will say.
He will also tell the story of Paul Stephenson, a community worker and civil rights campaigner who led the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott due to the company’s refusal to hire Black or Asian drivers or conductors.
Comparing him to Rosa Parks who led a similar civil rights movement again a bus company in the US, Corbyn will say people like Stephenson remind Britons that “our rights are hard-won, not given.”
“It was the bravery and determination of people like Paul, standing up against injustice, that paved the way for the first Race Relations Act and the outlawing of such discrimination in our country,” the Labour leader will add.
Corbyn is set to meet Stephenson later in the day.
The EET organizes trips to historical sites and arranges school programs that are focused on African civilization before colonization.