Week 8 - Black History Month

Black History Month is all about:

  • Promoting the knowledge of black history
  • To promote equality
  • To show us other role models

In the United Kingdom we have celebrated Black History Month every October since 1987.  That is 26 years!

Sadly, in the past, people were treated differently because of the colour of their skin.  They didn’t have the same rights as others (school, medicine, work), were not allowed to participate in certain activities (beach, cinemas)  and were not seen as equal.   

There are lots of famous black people who have fought for their rights... two very famous ones are  Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela. Now these two people are incredibly brave and stood up against those who judged people based on the colour of their skin, they fought for equality.

Rosa Parks  – she was born in America and as a child she was used to being segregated/split apart from other children because of the colour of her skin. She had to sit in different waiting rooms and even had to walk to school because her school bus wouldn’t allow black children to ride on it.  On 1st Dec 1955 (at 42 years old) Rosa was told to give up her seat to a white passenger but she refused and she was arrested.  She is seen as a role model for her courage in the face of racism.  She was prepared to sacrifice everything because she believed in equality.

Nelson Mandela – lived and was brought up in South Africa.  He directed peaceful, non-violent protests against the South African government and its racist policies.  He formed a political party called the A.N.C who wanted to fight for freedom.  He helped to get rid of the segregation in South Africa and didn’t give up even though he was also arrested for his fight to freedom.  He later became the president of South Africa.

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Cbeebies talks Black History Month 


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