Black History Month at Madame Tussauds London
To celebrate Black history month 2023 Madame Tussauds London lit up the outside of our building red, alongside The London Eye, Thorpe Park and Warwick Castle, for 'Show Racism the Red Card' on the 20th of October.
We've also created custom badges in commemoration of Black History Month. You'll be able to see our lovely staff wearing these around the attraction to raise awareness and demonstrate their solidarity with Black History Month 2023.
Guests might have also noticed that we've placed special "Celebrating Black History Month" QR codes next to our figures who are members of the Black community for guests to scan and be directed to this webpage, you may have scanned one yourself to be reading this!
Join us in 'Saluting Our Sisters'...
During Black History Month 2023, we're proudly embracing the phrase 'Saluting Our Sisters' to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Black women throughout history.
Black History Month is a dedicated time to honour the achievements, rich history, and vibrant culture of the Black community. 'Saluting Our Sisters' places a special spotlight on the pivotal role Black women have played across various fields, including civil rights, literature, arts, science, politics, and more.
Throughout this month, we're proud to come together alongside a diverse array of organisations, schools, and communities to highlight the accomplishments and narratives of Black women who have made significant contributions to society. It's an opportunity to reflect on their enduring resilience, unwavering leadership, and the barriers they've overcome.
'Saluting Our Sisters' serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of recognising and celebrating the often overlooked and marginalised achievements of Black women in our shared history.
Many of our figures proudly represent the Black community. Take a look at some of the heartfelt tributes they've made...
- I’m grounded in who I am, and I am a confident black man. A confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man. I’m proud of my heritage. And no man can take that away from me.
- Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I ain’t waiting.
- Accept yourself. You don’t have to prove anything to no one except yourself.
- Nobody understood what it was like to be black and Jewish… being different from everyone else just made me a lot stronger.
- In my pronunciation, in my diction, in my stance, in my dressing, in my attitude. This is Black British. I wear it with pride and honour… We should never be under the water. Black British is part of British culture.
- I’m a black woman. I come from a black woman, who came from a black woman, who came from a black woman and I’m gonna give birth to a black woman. And so, it doesn’t even…it’s a no brainer. That’s who I am, it’s the core of who I am in spirit and in DNA. And, I’d always stand up for what I believe in and who I love and who I know, who I respect…We’re impeccable. We are impeccable. We’re special and the world is just gonna have to deal with that.
- When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
- People are people. Black, blue, pink, green—God make no rules about colour; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.
- Racism is a form of ignorance. There's no two ways about that. You know, the Bible says, 'Love thy neighbour as thyself.' So if you don't love yourself, you can't love your neighbour. If you don't respect yourself, you can't respect me.
Lil Nas X
- This is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community, y’all can sit and pretend all u want but imma risk it all for us.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
- Thank you dad for paving the way for me. For all of us. I will forever be proud of who and what I am.
- My wearing my hair in locs on a red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me, locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane
- It is important in this journey to remember that just because someone has inflicted hurt upon us, it does not give us the right to do the same
- Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different. Just try hard to be you
Dutchess of Sussex
- For people of color and specifically for young Black Britons, the importance of representation in all parts of society, of seeing role models that share the same color skin as them, and seeing and reading stories of success and of hope from those who look like them, is absolutely vital in opening doors of opportunity.
- Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
- It’s important for us to stand up and to continue to do the work we do and give people hope, and continue to change, and I think it is changing… but in everything, you will find challenges.
- For me, my kids have values… it doesn’t matter about color, it doesn’t matter about religion, it doesn’t matter about the color of their hair… just respect people and get on with them.