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Anti Racist Advent

This December on the run up to Christmas, we’ve been sharing daily ideas, new perspectives and thinking points around becoming anti-racist. If you missed them, don’t worry, we’ve shared all 24 below and added some further notes to give a broader insight for each point. Don’t treat your journey to becoming anti-racist as an act […]

THANKSGIVING: What’s the True Story?

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE According to the popular narrative, the first celebratory Thanksgiving feast was in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, which means that 25th November 2021 marks the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving. ‘Pilgrim’ is the popular term applied to all the passengers of The Mayflower ship that departed from Plymouth, Devon in […]

Anti Racist Cumbria Summit Feedback and Photos

The first Anti Racist Cumbria Summit was held on Tuesday 2nd November 2021. We set out to bring people together from across Cumbria, create a safe space for conversations, and learn about some of the key topics that are an essential part of becoming anti racist. This sold out event was just the beginning for […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Britain’s Hidden Black Histories

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE Did you know that the first record of Black dwellers in Britain was right here in Cumbria? An inscription dating from between 253-258 AD was discovered in the Cumbrian village of Burgh-by-Sands, which is close to a fort along the Western edge of Hadrian’s wall. It is documented that a unit of […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Invention of Racism

AUTHOR: MERRY FOWLER AND CONTRIBUTORS Content warning: Two examples of historic racist imagery, used to depict what pseudo-science was being used. Historical engraving depicting enslaved people on a plantation. Historic use of racist language.  The invention of racism  “The modern day use of ‘race’ is a human invention”- Natural Museum of African American History & […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Resources For Cumbrian Schools

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 […]

National Poetry Day 2021: Some Ideas, Resources and Thoughts for Teachers, Parents/Carers and Students

Author Dr Karen Lockney  The theme of this year’s UK National Poetry Day – 7th October 2021 – is Choice. This blog post offers some ideas about actively choosing a creative range of work by Black and Brown poets, to reflect on practice going forward from National Poetry Day, and to offer some personal reflections […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The true varied, modern and innovative nature of so-called ‘primitive’ African Art

AUTHOR: MEG GUY The African continent spans 30.37 million square kilometres and encompasses an area large enough to fit the United States, China, India, Japan Mexico and more within its borders. A diverse land mass, it features everything from mountains to deserts, to jagged coastlines and is home to over 1.37 billion people. In terms […]

A 'Stop Racism' poster illustrating the difference between standard dolls and the offensive 'Gollywog' dolls

Are Gollywogs really so racist?

In the past few years there have been several stories circulating in the media about Gollywogs being sold in shops, and reports of Gollywogs being prized collectibles.  One article described the reactions of a couple in Yorkshire simply ‘looking to buy jam’ and instead coming across Gollywogs for sale in a shop. The couple where […]

The slave trade was hundreds of years ago, why does it matter to Britain today?

If you went to a British school, chances are you learned about the Industrial Revolution; the Spinning Jenny, James Watt and the industrialisation of our towns and cities like Manchester becoming Cottonopolis. You almost definitely won’t have learnt that James Watt once sold slaves as a trafficker. You may just recall being told that the […]