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Social science in action

The University of Liverpool is one of the UK's leading centres for sociology, social policy and criminology, and has been for over 100 years. Our shared pursuit of research-based knowledge in support of social justice sets this department apart from most of its contemporaries in the UK and beyond.

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Throughout our history we have influenced society with novel research insights in fields such as crime, health, welfare, housing, inequality and the operation of political power - at local, national and global levels.

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Why Black History Matters

Every October in the UK we celebrate and mark Black History Month. This year, the month-long event has a higher profile than in previous years, the result of several contributory factors. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that exploded in response to the killing of George Floyd in the US and others; the subsequent rising levels of consciousness raising around racial injustice, and recent debates about decolonising the curriculum, have all played a role. But why should Black history matter and why should it be part of mainstream British history?

Dr Diane Frost, Senior Lecturer in the Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology department, explores why Black History really matters: