Black History Month

From Black History Month UK

Resource type: Event

Price band: £

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

Black History Month takes place in October. It provides an opportunity to shine a light on Black history, heritage and culture, and to celebrate the continuing achievements and contribution of Black people to the UK and around the world.

The Black History Month website hosts a range of resources that could be useful for schools. These include:

  • A Features section with articles covering a range of topics such as The History of the Slave Trade, Science and Medicine, Black History Month Heroes, Great Black Britons and more.
  • A Poets Corner featuring poems by Black poets.
  • A Black History Month UK Magazine.

Cost: Articles on the website are free.

About Black History Month UK: Black History Month began in the US but was launched in London in 1987 with the aim of challenging racism and educating people about aspects of British history that were not taught in schools.

Further resources:

  • BBC Teach has a range of resources to support Black History Month.
  • Publisher Usborne has a number of Quicklinks to websites with useful content and activities to help you celebrate Black History Month.
  • Candid Cocoa is a blog and review site dedicated to reviewing and celebrating Black children’s fiction and non-fiction books for children aged 3-11. The site is run by former teacher and books editor Fabia Turner, who also maintains a Black Children’s Book Directory that includes information about how listed books can be used in the classroom.
  • Books for Topics has a list of book recommendations for Black History Month, as well as a new list of titles that focus specifically on Black history in the UK.
  • Find more book recommendations from BookTrust and BookTrust Scotland.
  • Read the latest edition of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities report that looks at the extent and quality of ethnic representation and diversity in children’s publishing in the UK.
  • Beyond the Secret Garden is a series of articles in online magazine Books for Keeps that looks at the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic voices in British children’s literature.
  • Writing Realities from the Writing for Pleasure Centre provides a framework and examples of practice to help teachers encourage all young people to celebrate and reflect their own realities in their writing.
  • Visit the Reflecting Realities section of the website for more resources to support an inclusive and representative literacy curriculum.

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