Black History Month: a provocation and a timeline

Bernard, Claudia A.. 2018. Black History Month: a provocation and a timeline. Critical and Radical Social Work, 6(3), pp. 387-406. ISSN 2049-8608 [Article]

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Interest in collecting social work histories has gathered pace with collections held by the Social Work History Network in Edinburgh University and Kings College, and several writers offering historical accounts of the development of social work. Few systematic accounts exist that specifically track the history of social work and social work education for engagement with black lives and with black communities, though there exists a considerable body of literature from which this history can be gleaned, some rapidly going into attrition. Here, we set out a timeline through a black British history that charts significant events, key moments, landmarks and publications, and legislative and policy turns that have relevance to the story of social work education in the UK. The timeline offers a mere snapshot, but nevertheless a useful one, in prompting deeper exploration of context, analysis and interpretation. We have consulted widely in the development of this timeline and offer it here as our contribution to Black History Month 2018.

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Critical and Radical Social Work. The definitive publisher-authenticated version 'Black History Month: a provocation and a timeline'. Critical and Radical Social Work, 6(3), pp. 387-406 is available online at:;jsessionid=14jfxlmgbofs5.x-ic-live-02


history, social work education, black and minority ethnic groups, timeline

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


19 October 2018Accepted
22 November 2018Published

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21 Dec 2018 11:43

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10 Dec 2020 11:42

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