Yvonne Connolly

16th October 2020

Just a pick of one of our favourite stories of a black pioneer who battled adversity:

Yvonne Connolly was Britain’s first black female headteacher. Moving to Britain in August 1963, Connolly proved popular with her pupils and was later appointed as headteacher of what was referred to as “a white man’s school”. Angry letters from the public ensued, along with threats to burn the school down. Yet, Connolly’s determination has seen her become a key figure in black history, celebrated for her passion for teaching and her contributions to making education more equal. And here she is both in action and talking about her experiences of micro and macro aggressions and racism from both the white and black communities at the time: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-47035439

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