Joe leading a walkHeritage Corner began the Leeds Black History Walk in 2009. The creation of Joe Williams, this walk exposes unseen narratives and recent history in order to provoke both questions and positivity, and to inspire the people of Yorkshire. 

The African presence in Yorkshire goes back 2000 years, when African priests, soldiers, merchants and others operated in Roman York. Both Greece and Rome negotiated treaties with the Candaces (Queens) of mighty Nubia, Kush and Ethiopia - which were never conquered. Britain's more recent empirical untruths have left a toxic veil over Africa's amazing history and insurmountable contributions to today's British identity and economy. 

Heritage Corner challenges imposed misrepresentation with historical facts and intelligent self-representation. 

How is this linked to Leeds and specifically to the University of Leeds' campus? Join us and all will be revealed! This walk seeks to inform and unify, we hope to see people from many backgrounds in our audience

Booking in advance is essential as numbers are limited. Each walk is strictly limited to 15 attendees so that social distancing is possible. If you would like to book for a group, please get in touch with Heritage Corner directly and they will try to accommodate you. 

That was more black knowledge I have learnt in an hour than I've ever learnt in all my 17 years of British education. I love this and feel empowered to learn more. Thank you!


Joe Williams leading a Black History Walk in LeedsThe walk begins on the steps of the iconic Parkinson Building on Woodhouse Lane. The morning walk takes place from 11am-1pm.

The walk is around the campus of the University of Leeds. Walks are led by Joe Williams but look out for announcements of Special Guest walks in the future! 

We still walk in the rain so we advise attendees to bring an umbrella just in case! If the weather is hot, please remember to bring water and use sunscreen as only parts of the walk are in shade. If the University is open there are toilets available on several parts of campus. Currently, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We rarely cancel a walk because of weather, however if it is extreme and we have to do so we will offer an alternative date or a full refund. If the event has to be cancelled due to COVID-19 we will offer a rescheduled date. 

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Leeds Black History Walks are run by Heritage Corner who are fully responsible for the event. Please note that by booking a ticket for a walk you are agreeing to your information being shared with Heritage Corner by the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Heritage Corner present creative collaborations and public services on the historic African presence in Yorkshire. They engage with top artists and cultural experts to offer diverse and inclusive public and educational projects.

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