Black people in Liverpool
|Regions with significant populations|
|Toxteth, Wavertree, Liverpool city centre, Bootle, Kirkdale, Walton|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Mixed British • Black British • Caribbeans|
Liverpool-born Blacks are people of Black African ancestry born in the city of Liverpool. Liverpool has the United Kingdom's oldest and longest established black community, going back several generations. Liverpool's black community is also unusual among those in the United Kingdom, as the Liverpool-born Black British community often constitute a category distinct from later African and Afro-Caribbean migrants.
Dating to the 1730s, the Black community of Liverpool is Britain's oldest, with some Liverpudlians being able to trace their black heritage for as many as ten generations. The community dates back to the American Revolutionary War with Black Loyalists settling in the city. They were later followed by more African-American soldiers. The original African-American community was followed in the 19th and 20th centuries by sailors and soldiers from all over the West Indies and West Africa. The black community experienced continued growth due to the location of Liverpool as a port city. Liverpool's port attracted many servicemen and seafarers, including African Americans, Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Belizeans, Guyanese, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Gambians, and others from all over the Caribbean and Africa. Mostly settling in the Toxteth district, they joined already settled English, Irish, Welsh, Chinese and to a lesser extent Indians of seafarer or serviceman heritage. The Liverpudlian Black community became a Mixed-race community early on, with intermarriages taking place on a large scale among people with African roots, Whites and Asians. In turn most of today's Liverpudlian Blacks, even adding more recent Afro-Caribbean and African migrants, are product of a community that became a distinct multiracial community centuries ago. This process made the Liverpudlian Black community possibly the most distinct Black British community in the United Kingdom, creating a community that is native as well as unique to the country. In 2009 the black community was estimated to make up 1.9% of Liverpool's population. By 2011 the population of Liverpool was 2.8% black according to the 2011 census.
The Liverpool Black community experienced unrest early on, with race riots going back to 1919 when returned soldiers descended on the predominantly black/mixed-race areas of Toxteth.
Infamous were the 1981 Toxteth riots, which was the direct result of long-standing tensions between the local police and the black community and that saw hundreds of police and public injured, one man dead, 500 arrested, 70 buildings destroyed and damage estimated at £11m.
Notable Black Liverpudlians
- Hope Akpan, footballer
- Trent Alexander-Arnold, footballer
- David Aliu, basketball player
- Diane Allahgreen, hurdler
- Chris Amoo, singer for soul group The Real Thing
- Victor Anichebe, footballer
- John Archer, politician
- Paul Barber, actor
- Joe Bygraves, boxer
- Craig Charles, actor and comedian
- Steven Cole, actor
- John Conteh, boxer
- Louis Emerick, actor
- Rebecca Ferguson, singer
- Howard Gayle, first black footballer to play for Liverpool F.C.
- Sugar Gibiliru, boxer
- Billy Higgins, karateka
- Michael Ihiekwe, footballer
- Andy Iro, footballer
- Jetta, musician and singer
- Katarina Johnson-Thompson, heptathlete
- Natasha Jonas, boxer
- Leon Lopez, actor
- Cliff Marshall, first black Liverpudlian to play for Everton F.C.
- Adam Nowell, basketball player
- Anyika Onuora, sprinter
- Larry Paul, boxer
- Jordan Ramos, gymnast
- Robin Reid, boxer
- Cathy Tyson, actress
- Laurence Westgaph, social and political historian
- Costello, Ray (2001). Black Liverpool: The Early History of Britain's Oldest Black Community 1730-1918. Liverpool: Picton Press.
- David Clay, ""The changing face of community participation: the Liverpool black experience", Participatory Learning and Action 58 (IIED), June 2008.
- Diane Frist, Work and Community Among West African Migrant Workers Since the Nineteenth Century, Liverpool University Press, 1999, p. 188.
- Ray Costello, "The Liverpool-born black community", Diverse Magazine, 14 May 2015.
- Brown, Jacqueline Nassy (2009). Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool. Princeton University Press. pp. 32 & 93. ISBN 1400826411. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Office for National Statistics". National Statistics.
- David Clay, "The changing face of community participation: the Liverpool black experience", in Tom Wakeford, Jasber Singh, Participatory Learning and Action 58, Towards Empowered Participation: Stories and Reflections (IIED), June 2008, p. 89.
- "Toxteth Riots 1981 background - and how it all began", Liverpool Echo, 4 July 2011.