2 November 2020
Black history month was first launched in London in the 1980s, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves. Many years on and this is still an incredibly important month for educating and promoting respect and equality.
At LSA we recognise the importance of learning about Black history and culture so during Black History Month:
- In form time we listened to Motown music and learnt about the role of Black Britons, linking to a book called 100 Great Black Britons by Patrick Vernon and Angelina Osborne.
- In Year 7 History classes we looked at Black Romans and trade with Africa in the Anglo-Saxons.
- In Computing and Food Technology we looked at the key Black contributors for these subjects.
- In Music we looked at the 'hidden verses' of the National Anthem and the influence on African Americans on Blue, Soul and Rock.
- In Drama we studied racial tensions in America in West Side Story.
Black and British by David Olusoga is an excellent book to introduce younger readers to Black British history and it can be purchased on Amazon.