Black History Month 2021
October marks Black History Month. The month was founded to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements, history and contribution of black people to the society over many generations. Throughout history, black people have always been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in the history books. Black History Month reminds us about the importance of challenging racism and educating ourselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson says it is important to celebrate the influence black people have had shaping Britain’s history:
“For countless generations, people of African and Caribbean descent have been shaping our nation’s story, making a huge difference to our national and cultural life and helping to make Britain a better place to be.
That contribution is overwhelmingly apparent today in the energy, talent and dedication of business leaders, lawyers, academics, musicians, artists and many more.
Of course, there is much more work to be done to ensure that every person of every skin colour, background and creed has the opportunity to succeed, and to stamp out discrimination and racism.
I also believe that alongside tackling the substance of the problem, we should be giving due praise and recognition to all those who have played such an important role in helping to positively shape modern Britain and our modern Commonwealth.”
At Clifton, we think it is important to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements, history and contribution of black people with our students. We have selected activities, planned assemblies focusing on key figures, movements and events in black history. We have also invited a range of guest speakers and launched a Cross-College competition for students to reflect on BHM.
The EDIB Committee