The Black community as a percentage of population is Black 11,606 (1.2%), Black Caribbean 44,770 (4.7%).
the 1960's immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean made up the largest
population of non whites, the highest percentage originating from the
Caribbean, in particular Jamaica. Inevitably suspicion and attitudes of
the time led to large numbers of the Black population seeking
solidarity by living in the inner city areas such as Handworth and
Soho. Social issues and policy makers also ensured that immigrants
ended up in the sub standard housing of these areas.
Thankfully today attitudes have changed and whilst racial tension still
exists in certain pockets of society Birmingham is fortunate to have
put the troubles of the Handsworth riots of 1985 behind it.
Caribbean arts, music and cuisine add to the flavour of this multi
cultural city of ours as we move towards a more tolerant society and