Actor David Oyelowo is throwing his support behind a campaign to introduce black history into British primary education.

The Selma star is helping to raise awareness of the petition as organisers needs to obtain 100,000 signatures by Tuesday (10Feb15) to get the issue discussed in Britain's Houses of Parliament.

Oyelowo, a father of two, urged his fans in the U.K. to sign the online campaign as he believes black history should be taught in schools to modernise Britain's national curriculum.

He says, "I think it's more than important. I think it is invaluable. Black people are part of the fabric of this nation. We pride ourselves on now being a multicultural society. It's outmoded and outdated to remove black history from schools - it's a very real part of British history and culture."