Black Lives Matter: A statement from the Historians at the University of Northampton.

In common with students and staff at Northampton and elsewhere, and in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and all victims of racism we add our voice to those protesting worldwide.

History does not belong to any group or person and does not exclude any group or person.  The history we teach, the history we research, and the history our students study, is the history of humanity.

Through our collective and individual study of imperialism and conquest, of poverty and inequality, of work and family, gender and sexuality, protest and political change, war and society, medicine and disability, power and authority, we see injustice directed towards marginalized groups.

Therefore these histories implicitly reveal the history of Black lives, from the medieval period to the present day, and not simply as victims but as shapers of history, as leaders, creatives, heroes, and changemakers.

We pledge therefore, to make what has hitherto been implicit for some of us in our teaching and research, explicit and to further embed ‘Black history’ in our programmes of study and seek to amplify the voices of black students, scholars and historical actors.

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