Black History Month is a yearly commemoration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks throughout history. This month students will have the chance to learn about some less well known black individuals in British history and engage in podcasts to learn about key events in more detail. There are also competitions set up for KS3 that allows them to share their learning on African culture and to create a poster on the importance of Black History Month.
The event began in America and grew out of “Negro History Week,” founded by Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. It was first launched in London in 1987, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism. They educated themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools. In 2020, it is a time to reflect on the events of the summer but also to celebrate the achievements of Black people in Britain and the future possibilities for all as a united country.