Extracts from new wallcharts reveal some significant moments for Black History Month
The Pyramids of Giza were the tallest human-built structures of the time, containing enough blocks of stones to put a wall around France. Each side slopes at exactly 51 degrees. The Great Pyramid is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the oldest and the only one remaining largely intact.
Pic: Nina Aldin Thune [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
The Kings of Kush, an advanced African civilisation, conquer and dominate Egypt. They revitalise pyramid building. Later rulers of Nubia establish a capital, Meroë, by the Nile. These black Africans develop their own alphabetic script as early as the second century BC.
The Kingdom of Aksum exists from approximately 100 to 940AD. According to legend, this northern Ethiopian kingdom is the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Their coins (pictured) were minted from c270 AD and widely used internationally.
Pic: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. www.cngcoins.com / CC-BY-SA-3.0
The richest man in recorded human history, Mansa Musa I, ruler of the Malian empire that covers modern day Ghana, dies.
John Hawkins is the first Englishman to lead a slave-trading voyage from the west coast of Africa. An estimated 13 million Africans would be forcibly transported during the Atlantic slave trade.
Abolition of slavery in the US as Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, proclaiming slaves in the rebel Confederate states forever free. Many free African Americans and runaway slaves join the Union armies in the ongoing American Civil War. Slavery is formally abolished at the end of the war in 1865.
British Empire troops play a crucial role in the Second World War with over 2,500,000 from the colonies actively serving. In 1948 the UK arrival of the ship Empire Windrush heralds a new wave of migration, making Britain a modern multicultural nation.
Nelson Mandela is elected president of a multiracial South Africa, just four years after his release from a 27 year imprisonment under the racist Apartheid regime.
Barack Obama defeats John McCain to become the first black President of the US. His victory is celebrated around the world as an historic moment.
Michael Jackson's death at 50 shocks the world. He was one of the most successful entertainers of all time, creating the best-selling album and video of all time.
South Africa hosts football's 19th World Cup, the first held in Africa. Expertly organised and a thrilling international spectacle, the tournament silences those who say an African nation cannot host an event of this scale.
Mary Seacole's exploits caring for sick soldiers in the Crimean War kept on the UK schools' National Curriculum by a thousands-strong petition.
2026 will mark the 100 years of Black History Month. What further achievements of the new generation will we also be celebrating?
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