Mary Prince, published writer and abolitionist and the first woman to present an anti-slavery petition to Parliament.
Were you aware of the evidence that Black people have been living in Britain at least since the 3rd century or about the sacrifices made by Black soldiers fighting in the first world war which included over 15,000 Black Caribbean soldiers and 135,000 African soldiers.
Did you know that in 1893 African-American Daniel Hale Williams performed one of the first-ever successful heart surgeries?
How about the fact that Charles Darwin was taught and mentored by John Edmonstone, a teacher who, after gaining his freedom from slavery, taught students taxidermy?
Let’s not forget Joshua Beckford, a Black British boy from Tottenham, who, at the age of 6, became the youngest person in the world to study Philosophy and History at Oxford University.
And did you know about the medieval king of the Mali empire, Mansa Musa, who is considered one of the richest men in history and, amongst other achievements, established the University of Sankore.
You may not be aware of the continent of Africa’s rich and diverse history, which includes keys roles in the early development of mathematics, or being home to the world’s oldest writing systems.
There may be many things you did not know about the continent of Africa; and Black History Month can be a great opportunity to learn more and even begin to challenge previously held misconceptions in ourselves and others.
These are just some examples, of course, there is a host of information available about the many Black contributions and stories we should recognise and celebrate.
These stories will help you to explore what Black history means in its broadest sense. Below are some more sources that we hope will support you to explore the diverse reality of Black history that is often unheard.
It is also important to remember that Black History Month is not just about celebrating or raising awareness of the stories of historic figures its about recognising the day to day stories of all Black people.
As Prof. Matthew F. Delmont (creator of website Black Quotidian which details historic everyday stories of African-Americans) states:
"Black lives are about more than marches and martyrs. Black lives are not just heroic and tragic figures that we read about in the news or in history.
"There's a joyous complexity and diversity of everyday black lives and communities that many people may not have heard of before."