October is International Black History Month in the UK and this year’s UK theme is ‘Sharing Journeys’ – an exploration of the lives and stories of the people who came to Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries and helped lay the foundations of today’s diverse Black British Community.
What are we doing in school?
We are starting Black History Month with a whole school assembly.
Learning, across the curriculum, will make links to Black History throughout October and children will have the chance to discuss and recognise the significance of this and reflect on what this means to them.
Why is Black History Month Celebrated?
Black History Month provides great opportunities to reflect on the key moments in history and in today’s society. It’s important to celebrate the contributions of everyone to our communities, and support the multiculturalism and diversity that shapes them. It can highlight any inequalities that Black people are facing, and work towards shaping a better future for all.
Black History Month can also give opportunities to discuss Black famous inspirational people throughout history that future generations can look up to.
What are the origins of Black History Month?
Black History Month originates from the United States, dating back to 1915. This happened half a century after slavery was abolished, by the United States’ Thirteenth Amendment Law. It was during this year that minister Jesse E. Moorland and Carter G. Woodson founded an organisation. This organisation was devoted to promoting Black people’s achievements throughout history, and celebrate these.