Black History Month

Black History Month 2021 takes place this October. It is a national celebration to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons throughout our history. We will be marking the achievements of some of these individuals by integrating their stories into our lessons. We are also sharing videos and resources on this page which we hope you find inspiring and informative.

Please be aware that some of these programmes contain racist images and discussions of race issues. Some websites might require you to be registered or have an account.

Black History Month Official Website

The following link will direct you to the Black History Month website where you will find a wealth of resources, videos, tests and images to explore the theme and meaning behind Black History Month:

Black History Month 2021 – Proud To Be

Charlene White: Empire’s Child

ITV presents a programme where broadcaster Charlene White takes an eventful journey into her past to explore how the legacy of the British Empire has shaped her family’s history.

To view this programme you require an ITV Hub account.

Charlene White: Empire’s Child – ITV Hub

will.i.am: The Blackprint

ITV presents a programme where will.i.am explores what it means to be Black and British, meeting civil rights heroes, inspirational schoolchildren and tech trailblazers, and looks at present-day struggles.

GUIDANCE: To view this programme you require an ITV Hub account. Contains some racist images.

will.i.am: The Blackprint – ITV Hub

Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History

The BBC presents a programme where broadcasters Lenny Henry and Suzy Klein celebrate black classical composers and musicians across the centuries whose stories and music have been forgotten in a 90-minute special.

BBC Four – Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History

The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire

The BBC presents a programme where David Olusoga introduces the story of the many men from around the world who were drafted in to fight the War.

BBC Two – The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, Martial Races, The forgotten soldiers of World War One.

Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History

Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. From the African Romans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall in the 3rd century AD to the black trumpeter of the Tudor courts, David uncovers a history that is as surprising as it is revealing.

BBC World News – Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History, First Encounters

KS3 History: Nelson Mandela

Sir Trevor McDonald reports on Nelson Mandela, who went from freedom fighter to become South Africa’s first Black president.

KS3 History: Nelson Mandela – Freedom fighter and South Africa’s first Black president – BBC Teach

PSHE KS2 / KS3: A career as a fashion stylist

Meet Aiyshat Akanbi. She’s a determined, fashion-forward young stylist.

As a child she would adjust the outfits of people she saw on the tube in her head, reworking their looks until they met her exacting aesthetic sensibility.

PSHE KS2 / KS3: A career as a fashion stylist – BBC Teach

1000 Years A Slave

Channel 5 present a major new series, shot around the globe, which explores how slavery has underpinned world history.

1000 Years A Slave – Channel 5

PSHE KS2 / KS3: Ade Adepitan

Paralympic champion Ade Adepitan explains that he lost the use of his legs as a result of childhood polio, but decided to become an athlete after becoming obsessed with the Olympic Games as a boy.

PSHE KS2 / KS3: Ade Adepitan – Paralympic champion – BBC Teach

21 iconic sporting images of the 21st century

From Denise Lewis securing Olympic gold in 2000 to Raheem Sterling scoring against Germany at Euro 2020, BBC Sport has selected 21 of the most iconic black sporting images of the 21st Century.

Black History Month: 21 iconic sporting images of the 21st century – BBC Sport

Betty Campbell: Statue for a Heroine

BBC iPlayer presents a documentary about the story of Wales’s first black head teacher, Betty Campbell, and the new statue that will honour her lifetime of remarkable achievements. After a public vote, Betty Campbell was chosen from a shortlist of incredible women from history to be immortalised as the first public statue of a named Welsh woman. Those who knew Betty well recall the life and work of this community icon from Cardiff’s Butetown and her journey from a tough childhood marked by tragedy and setbacks to the pioneering achievements that brought her plaudits from the likes of Nelson Mandela.

For more information about Betty, and to watch the video, please visit the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00106w6/betty-campbell-statue-for-a-heroine

Black Panther

Science mastermind who designed Black Panther’s suit. She used massive amounts of maths to create the suit. She utilised her knowledge on the absorption of kinetic energy to see how the energy could be absorbed. This ultimately gave Black Panther more super powers.

When she designed the suit she used mathematical modelling to see how the energy could be absorbed by the suit.

Currently there is research going on to see if a suit like the one Shuri created could be made!

Why is this important to Black History Month?

The suit that Black Panther wore was made by a female black scientist/mathematician (Shuri). It shows the contributions of black females in a virtual world and this is something that is actively happening in reality.

Three Black Scientists You Need To Know

Space scientist and broadcaster Maggie Aderin-Pocock selects three unsung heroes – one from the past, one from the present, and one up-and-coming – who she thinks deserve wider recognition. This four-minute video is now available to view on the BBC iPlayer using the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09wrkz0/reflections-on-race-series-1-1-three-black-scientists-you-need-to-know