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When a black man ruled Britain

AFRICAN RULER: Septimius Severus

AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned scholar will bring Black History Month to a close with a talk revealing the little known time when a black man ruled Britain.

Dr Hakim Adi will uncover layers of the UK’s hidden history on Saturday, November 1, at the Black People in Britain before the Windrush event, organised by the Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA).

Enfield’s deputy Mayor will attend the event hosted by Palmers Green sculptor and painter and vice-chair of the ECA, Desrie Thomson-George.

Speaking to The Voice Dr Adi said: "In Roman times Britain was governed by the 'African Emperor' Septimius Severus, who was born in what is today Libya and died in the city of York in 211. Septimius, was not the only African ruler of Britain and recent discoveries have found evidence of many other Africans living in Britain during Roman times.”

The scholar will provide an illustrated outline of the pre-Windrush history, focusing in particular on some of the key personalities from the 16th Century to the early 20th Century.

Thomson-George added: "It is important to remember that Black people haven't newly arrived on these shores, aren't here as economic migrants, or scroungers, but contributors to the development of Britain, with a long history here. This is a wonderful opportunity to set the record straight."

The event will be held at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church, Junction North Circular Road and Palmerston Road, N22 8RA, on November 1.

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