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Black History Month

influential black people - 2020 Black History Month


October 2020

October is Black History Month in the UK and it's been celebrated nationwide every year for nearly 40 years.

This month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African-Caribbean Black people but all Black people in general.

Within a medical context, it's important to recognise the contribution that Black people have made to the advancement of medical knowledge and to the work of the NHS. Many of the Windrush generation went on to work in the NHS. 

Below, you will find pictures and profiles celebrating some of the earliest Black medical professionals and students associated with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry or the hospitals now part of Barts Health NHS Trust.