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10th Nov 2019

The campaign to remember Britain’s forgotten black soldiers


On Remembrance Sunday Britain remembers its war dead

At 11am on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday nearest to 11 November, 1918 – the end of World War I) Britain holds Remembrance Sunday to commemorate its fallen soldiers.

Up and down the country, crowds of people gather to pay their respects to their forefathers who fought at home and overseas.

The soldiers who took part in World Wars I and II are widely recognised as heroes, people who fought for the freedom of their compatriots and fellow Europeans, and who hold a special place in our hearts.

Some British soldiers, though, don’t receive the same amount of recognition as others.

David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, spoke to JOE about his campaign for fallen black soldiers to receive the same level of recognition as their white counterparts, and states that the failure to so far do so is proof “institutional” and “sanctioned” racism in the United Kingdom.