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Black History Month

Last Thursday, I launched the first of a series of assemblies in recognition of Black History Month. During lockdown, two Year 11 students, Kameela and Olamide wrote to me about the importance of dedicating time to learning about black history, the challenges the black community face in society and to acknowledge those who have succeeded despite barriers. I subsequently met with Kameela and Olamide and they ably assisted me in last week’s assembly. We are dedicating an assembly to Black History every week during October and the first one included a presentation from a Black Musician, Akala. He discussed Black History in Britain, including the Roman Conquest, life in Tudor Britain and the Peterloo Massacre.

In recognition of Black History month, we are also showcasing some of the ‘movers and shakers’ from Black History – individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their field.

Look out for the posts on our social media accounts, including our main school and history Twitter pages, which feature some of these outstanding individuals.
This week, we recognise Diane Abbott – the first woman elected to parliament and the longest serving Black MP in the commons. She was born and raised in London to a British Jamaican family, and has received much recognition for her work on civil liberties, women’s rights and human rights.

 

 

 

 

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9th October 2020 – Vol 37 | No 6