- Thousands of black slaves were brought to Britain by slave ships.
- In the 18th Century it was the height of fashion for rich ladies to have a black child servant
- 1995 December 1, an obscure black woman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, was riding home on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
- As the bus gradually filled up with passengers, a white man demanded that she give him her seat and that she stand near the rear of the bus.
- Mrs. Parks, who did not have the reputation of being a troublemaker or a revolutionary, said that she was tired and that her feet were tired.
- The white man protested to the bus driver.
- When the driver also demanded that she move, she refused.
- Then, the driver summoned a policeman, and Mrs. Parks was arrested.
A Story from Mexico Olympics
Black Power: Know Your Rights! In a medal ceremony of the 200 meters race in the 1968 Olympics held at Mexico City.
- Two men had won a gold and bronze medal They received their medals wearing black socks and no shoes to represent Black poverty.
- And both of them stood with clenched fists upraised and heads bowed, while the American national anthem was played.
- These two men were Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
- They were African Americans.
- Both of these men tried to draw international attention to racial discrimination in the United States.
- The black-gloved and raised clenched fists were meant to symbolize Black Power
- The silver medalist, white Australian athlete, Peter Norman, wore a human rights badge on his shirt during the ceremony to show his support to the two Americans
- With this gesture they tried to draw international attention to racial discrimination in the United States.
- Recently, the San Jose (pronounced ‘Saan Hoze’) State University, of which they were former students, honoured them and installed their statue in the University campus.
- When Norman died in 2006, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.