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Black History Month 2003
Arthur Wharton:The 1st Black Footballer

Did you know the UK's first black footballer played for The Toon; or the UK's first race riot was in South Shields?

These and many other stories will be revealed as the BBC celebrates Black History Month.


The Black Romans
Solidarity on Tyne
When the Boat Came In
Arthur Wharton
Jimmy Durham

Black Presence in Britain
Moving Here
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Black Victorians on Tyneside

Black American Abolitionists and fugitive slaves made frequent trips to Tyneside to speak at meetings held by the Gateshead and Newcastle Anti-Slavery.

During the latter half of the 19th century, the most visible black people in society were performers of various kinds: prize-fighters, actors, musicians and singers.

Concert Halls across the North East were regular venues for entertainers and performers from the 'newly discovered continents' of Africa and Asia.

From 1870, a Somali and Yemini community developed in South Shields in County Durham, in a dockside area known as the `Arab Quarter'.

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Throughout the month of October 2003, BBC Radio Newcastle, TV and Online will feature stories, news and events that chronicle the contribution, impact and history of Black and Asian people throughout the region.

These exciting stories are a welcome addition to local history; highlighting positive integration and inclusion within Geordie life.

Roots 'Routes'

BBC Radio Newcastle's Roots Project is looking for stories, reminiscences and photos from people of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean or Chinese descent, living in the North East.

People arriving in the UK
In the 1960's people from the Commonwealth made their home in the UK

Ideally, we'd like to hear from families and individuals who have lived in the region from the early 1950's and 60's to the present day.

We'd also like to hear from Black and Asian people who have integrated into Geordie culture through business, friendship or marriage.

The region needs you!

Maybe you or your family came to the North to work in the shipyards, the railways or trolley buses?

Did you find yourself living in the North East through extraordinary circumstances?

Have you a truly multi-cultural/multi-racial family?

Were you one of the first Black or Asian people in your area?

Have you any family photos or film to illustrate your story or memories?

If you would like to assist with the project, or would like to know more, please contact:

Yve Ngoo
Roots Project Co-ordinator
on 0191 244 1471

Archive of Local Black History

The aim is to record an alternative people's history of the region and to establish an archive of Black presence in the North East.

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Roots Black history Trail

The Black Romans
Solidarity on Tyne
When the Boat Came In
Arthur Wharton
Jimmy Durham

After all, it's not His-story or Her-story, it's your story!

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