Britain has always been home to many people of colour who have made valuable contributions to the society we live in today.
For many different reasons they have not been recognised. Often, the school history curriculum focuses on those impositions of power. Women, people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people and other minority groups may find that their histories are not talked about and represented. At St Cuthbert’s we ensure that Black History is taught throughout the curriculum, and not just in October. In year 7 students learn about the lives of black Tudors, in year 8 students explore the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the experiences of African slaves, and in year 9 students investigate the Civil Rights Movement in America and how it resonated in Britain.
With that being said, it is vitally important to celebrate Black History Month throughout October. The History Department are asking students to research one significant black British person and explore their achievements and impact. Please see below for more information!