Black History Month

1. What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is an internationally celebrated event which aims to:

  • Promote knowledge of black history and experience.

  • Share information about positive black contributions to British society

  • Increase the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage

Black History Month gives schools an opportunity to enrich their curriculum by celebrating the achievements of black and minority ethnic people through study themes and assemblies. It also provides opportunities to explore issues of identity, racism and belonging.

This work will provide an excellent contribution to your school’s work on promoting community cohesion, which has been a statutory duty since September 2007. It also helps schools comply with the Equality Act 2010 in the fostering of good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Black History Month at school

How much do you and your students know about the contributions to British society made by Benjamin Zephaniah, Diane Abbott, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Mary Seacole, Stephen Lawrence and William Cuffay?

These are just some of the famous black Britons featured on our activities page, which you can use to get started with your work on Black History Month. You can select research subjects that are suitable for the age and interests of your students.

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