BHM Further Learning Resources

BHM Further Learning Resources

Here you will find a list of resources I’ve found useful and will continue to update weekly. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have! I aim to remain relevant throughout the year within educational attainment, solidarity and realistic ways to contribute.

Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of the Worcester Communities Committee, says:

“Black History Month is a great opportunity to explore black communities’ memories of life in Worcester. This is an important and all-too-often neglected aspect of the city’s history. I urge people to share photos, memorabilia and anything else which will help to improve our appreciation of black residents’ culture and their experiences of life in the city. By understanding the past, we will be in a much better place to improve life chances and opportunities for future generations.”

WATCH

Mayor of Worcester Speech on Black History Month

BLACK & BRITISH COLLECTION: A collection of programmes exploring Black British narratives.

SELECTED EPISODES:

BLACK AND BRITISH: Historian David Olusoga concludes his series with the three African kings who stood up to empire, an irresistible crooner, race riots in Liverpool and the shaping of black British identity in the 20th century.

BRITAINS FORGOTTEN SLAVE OWNERS: Historian David Olusoga continues his examination of Britain’s forgotten slave owners. In this episode, David explores how in 1834 the government arrived at the extraordinary decision to compensate the slave owners with the equivalent of £17 billion in today’s money. Tracing the bitter propaganda war waged between the pro-slavery lobby and the abolitionists, he reveals that paying off the slave owners for the loss of their human property was, ultimately, the only way to bring the system to an end. 

Systemic Racism Explained: Here’s a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

Black to Life: Rethinking the Black Presence within British History – BBC Stories: Director Akinola Davies unearths forgotten Black British histories in this visually compelling series.

Diversity and Parliament: why is it important to celebrate Black History Month? A set of educational resources to explore Parliament’s role in the changing nature of representation in the UK. Here MPs talk about the significance of Black History Month.

LISTEN

The Black Curriculum Podcast

Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History: Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the height of the jazz age.

Thinking Allowed: What future does the idea of multiculturalism have in Britain? As the politicians debate, Laurie interviews Britain’s leading cultural theorist, Stuart Hall.

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge: From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further.

TEACH

The Black Curriculum: A social enterprise that aims to deliver black British history all across the UK. They run a range of variety of virtual and in-person programmes to schools, young people and corporations to promote the importance of Black history.

Black History Month – BBC Teacher Resources: You can use this collection of resources to explore black history, heritage, culture and achievements with your class.

KS2 History and Literacy Resource Learn About the Empire Windrush for Black History Month

READ

How to be an antiracist / Author: Kendi, Ibram X., Publication Info: One World, [2019]

The Nickel boys :a novel / Author: Whitehead, Colson

How long ’til black future month? / Author: Jemisin, N. K.

Washington Black :a novel / Author: Edugyan, Esi

To shape a new world :essays on the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The underground railroad :a novel / Author: Whitehead, Colson

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation / Author: Grant, Colin

Hidden figures :the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race /
Author: Shetterly, Margot Lee

Between the world and me / Author: Coates, Ta-Nehisi

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave / Author: Douglass, Frederick

Americanah / Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

I know why the caged bird sings /Author: Angelou, Maya

The autobiography of Malcolm X /Author: X, Malcolm

Black like me /Author: Griffin, John Howard

Invisible man / Author: Ellison, Ralph

The color purple /Author: Walker, Alice

SUPPORT

THE WORCESTER COLLECTIVE: Given the current climate and the lack of multicultural representation in Worcester, it is important that as Worcester grows, people of colour feel supported and valued. 

Practical ways to support BLM from the UKThis is a list of practical steps we can take to support the BLM movement, both here in the UK and abroad. I am not the author of any of the email templates provided, nor did I launch any of the petitions or fundraisers listed – countless others did, and continue to do, that urgent work.

If you don’t currently have the money to donate, this is a Twitter thread on alternative methods of donating to Black Lives Matter.

Support UK based Black business – here is a Twitter thread of Black businesses you can support.

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