Black History Month: October 2021


This October, we mark and celebrate the Black History Month 2021.  We remember, among many others, Mrs Octavia Victoria Rogers Albert (1853- c.1889), an African American historian, biographer of former slaves, educator and religious and community leader. In The House of Bondage (1890), she penned:


Consider that here in this Bible land, where we have the light, where the Gospel was preached Sunday after Sunday in all portions of the South, and where ministers read from the pulpit that God had made of one blood all nations of men, etc., that nevertheless, with the knowledge and teachings of the word of God, the slaves were reduced to a level with the brute. The half was never told concerning this race that was in bondage nearly two hundred and fifty years.”  



Some further links and resources (the list is not exhaustive):


– Black History Month,

– Black History Month 2021,

– 25 Black Theologians Who Have Grown Our Faith (Christianity Today),

– London’s Black History (Museum of London),

– Black Cultural Archives,

– Black Heritage (Victoria & Albert Museum),

– Black History Month 2021 in London,

– Black History Month: Abolitionists in Surrey (Surrey County Council),

– Black History Month in Elmbridge (Elmbridge Museum),



Public domain and Fair use image: Octavia Victoria Rogers Albert [Accessed 24 September 2021]. Available from:, and
The House of Bondage, or, Charlotte Brooks and Other Slaves, Original and Life Like, As They Appeared in Their Old Plantation and City Slave Life; Together with Pen-Pictures of the Peculiar Institution, with Sights and Insights into Their New Relations as Freedmen, Freemen, and Citizens. Chapter I, Charlotte Brooks. Reference: Albert, Octavia V. R. 1890. The House of Bondage. [Online] New York: Hunt & Eaton. [Accessed 24 September 2021]. Available from: