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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KS3 History: Nelson Mandela
Sir Trevor McDonald reports on Nelson Mandela, who went from freedom fighter to become South Africa’s first Black president.
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.
1000 Years A Slave
Channel 5 present a major new series, shot around the globe, which explores how slavery has underpinned world history.
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.
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.
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.
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.