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Posted on October 16th 2018
Focus on Black British History This Month
During Black History Month we will be using tutor time to raise students’ awareness of the history of black people in Britain and the civil rights movement that took place in the UK.
We only have a few weeks so this will be whistle-stop tour of a history that spans back to the 12th century. We have zoomed in on six key periods that led to the expansion of the black population in Britain and their progression in terms of greater racial equality.
We've also created a special exhibition in the library about key moments in black British history (see picture above).
"Many students have a massive gap in their knowledge about this topic due to the American-centric black history curriculum they have been presented with since primary school," says Jade Bailey, Head of Literacy & Teacher of English. “From a moral standpoint, it is important we broaden what is considered important to teach our students so that the default history of Britain isn't a solely white one."
Year 12 presentation
Amie (below left) and Naomi, Year 9, delivered a special assembly on black people in Britain before the slave trade to champion equality and allow students to reflect on the achievements of significant black figures in British history. Download the presentation, which Ms Morris and Ms Bailey designed to be used in tutor times across the whole school
What students said…
“I think that Black History Month is important because everyone matters and you shouldn’t treat others differently just because of the colour of their skin.” Nhan
“We should really celebrate Black History Month because it’s important to show how black people have overcome discrimination. A black woman that inspires me is Rosa Parks. She said 'no' to giving her seat up to another person just because they were white.” Natalia
“Rosa Parks is inspirational because she stood up for her rights despite being a black woman during a period of intense racism.” Evelyn
“Maya Angelou is an inspirational woman because she spoke her mind after being silent for five years.” Aminata
“I thought Black History Month was only about black people as individuals but it’s actually about the events that have happened in history and how black people have survived and thrived.” Jamilia