Black History Month is incredibly important in educational settings.
Until the curriculum reflects a broader view, this month can be a chance for schools to introduce hidden histories that may normally remain unheard. In order to see how we got to where we are today, we must understand the significance of Black stories and contributions to UK history. It is vital that Black History Month is seen as a starting point, not a convenient ‘box’ to limit your Black History education to, we encourage you to weave our shared histories year round and to ensure it is embraced across different subjects. Are you discussing the Dogon culture when you talk about Astronomy, are you sharing Black writers in your English classes, do your science classes acknowledge the contributions of Black scientists?
This Black History Month we have been sharing lots of interesting stories and resources that we hope will help you to broaden your knowledge of Black history, and also challenge the common narratives and stereotypes surrounding Africa and Black communities.
Our CEO and Co-Founder Janett Walker has created this incredible series of 10 quick videos that give ideas to teachers and schools on how to introduce Black perspectives into History lessons and beyond.
We’re happy to say that many schools across Cumbria are taking a similar approach, and we’ve also teamed up with The Queen Katherine School in Kendal to bring you a Black History Month assembly.
This assembly is a fantastic example of how schools can explore some of the important topics in Black history whilst tailoring them to tie in with local stories. You can watch it here.
If you want to enrich this experience why not discover more at our special Black History Month exhibition we’ve partnered on with The Rum Story in Whitehaven. Open Thursday to Sunday until 31 Oct 2021.
This Assembly is also available for all Cumbrian schools to download and use.
There are plenty of resources available to help you include Black history in learning for October and beyond. Our article on encouraging diversity in your child’s education gives 5 easy places to start, and keep an eye out for more educational pieces from us every week.