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12 Black women from history you should know about

Black History Month has been marked in the UK for more than 30 years. It takes place during the month of October. It is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK.

Throughout history, black people have made huge contributions to society in the fields of art, music, science, literature and many more areas. But in the past, these contributions have often been ignored or played down because black people weren’t treated the same way as other people because of the colour of their skin.

Black History Month aims to address this unfairness by celebrating these achievements and contributions. BBC Newsround has written about the incredible things that 12 women, in particular, have done for Britain. Read the article on BBC Newsround.


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