Black History Month letter to editors

Dear Editor,

This month marks Black History Month. As part of the Mayor’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, at City Hall we are focussing on the the contribution that black women have made to our capital.

Throughout history, black women have faced the double oppression of gender and racial bias. Sadly, many are still routinely subject to this burning injustice today. The presence and influence of black women in our society is all too often either overlooked or forced out of our historical narratives.

In London and across the UK, we have also seen the disgraceful treatment of the Windrush Generation under the Government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy. This goes against our core values as Londoners, who have built this city upon the contribution of people from around the world.

This is why proudly celebrating Black History Month each year in October is so vitally important. It is essential that we recognise the achievements of black communities in London, and help to pave the way for those that are woefully underrepresented in public life to become the leaders of tomorrow.


Andrew Dismore AM

London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden