Black History Month

7th October 2021

We’ve been a little late making a post about Black History Month this year. The reason for this is that we’ve been trying to arrange for a greater set of resources for tutors to help deliver classroom activities based on the event. Well, we’ve finally got there:

Black History Month resources – Access to CL tutors only

These resources are only available to our tutors as they are externally purchased I’m afraid. For those of you just browsing we would recommend that you check out the Black History Month website, which has a particularly good selection of inspiring and challenging stories from some great people. Black History Month is our time to remember how brutally one sided the accepted history can be and how we need to do better. In that vein, let’s look at why we do it…

October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years.

The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations.

Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.

“In years gone by, October has been the only time of year when the UK talks about the achievements of Black people in Britain,” says Catherine Ross guest editor of Black History Month 2020.

“Hopefully, the events of 2020 will be a catalyst for Black history to be shared much more widely – in museums, galleries, schools, universities, public spaces and communities.”

Black History Month: Black Britain’s who paved the way
Throughout history black people have always been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in the history books.

In paintings of Henry the Eighth you can see black people in the background. Queen Victoria even had a black goddaughter who’s mother was a Nigerian Princess called Omoba, she was given to the queen when her parents died after being captured by slave traders, her name was changed to Sarah Forbes-Bonetta.

Many people say that it’s important to remember the forgotten people who have helped to shape the UK.