Spotlight: Tony Warner – Founder of Black History Walks

Tony Warner is an author, historian, activist, and the founder of Black History Walks, which explores thousands of years of Caribbean and African history in London, via 15 guided walks, talks, films, courses, bus tours and river cruises.

He is also a co-founder and chair of the African Odysseys programme, a grassroots initiative which screens educational and empowering films from the African diaspora plus Q&As, at the British Film Institute’s Southbank cinema, the only such programme in the country.

Tony is also a management consultant specialising in diversity, and has trained various corporate, government and educational agencies; written a Pearson’s exam textbook that introduced Black British Civil Rights at GCSE level for the first time and created educational courses for school students to help improve self-esteem, behaviour and academic performance.

Through an ongoing collaboration with the Nubian Jak charity he has sponsored 10 Black historical blue plaques across London in honour of Black historical figures, and in 2021 he was selected as the first ever Activist in Residence at University College London’s Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation.

This week sees the release of ‘Black History Walks’ by Jacaranda Books, a two-book guide, which explores the African/Caribbean presence in London over the last 2000 years.

From Southwark to Westminster, Black History Walks takes you through historical sites via a series of walking tours (self walks or with the official Black History Walks tours), highlighting the history of Black Britons around the city of London, — connecting with the African roots of historic places in the capital and exploring how Black history has shaped modern British culture and the history and the story of each place and its fundamental links to Africa.

Black History Walks is released on 27th October 2022 and can be purchased here.


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