This week we launched our Black History Month @CLSG celebrations. On Tuesday there was a whole school assembly put together by Mr Martyn and year 12 students, Ishara, Tejal, Jesse, Anoushka, Shaimaa and Noor. The assembly introduced us to three Black individuals who have made significant contributions to British history and society: Olive Morris; John Boyega; and Anne-Marie Imafidon. However, we were also challenged to think about the origins of Black History Month, both in the US and the UK, and to consider the historic neglect of Black histories that means that this month of focus is necessary.
Starting on Thursday there was also a daily mailout, which will continue each school day in October, and has so far included examples of Black contributions to the fields of History, RPE, PE and Geography, as well as staff recommendations for music by Black artists, curated by Mr Leaker. On Thursday the English department marked National Poetry Day by looking at work by Black writers in all their lessons, with a video to come later in the month. On Friday, Ms Lockyear also shared her ‘Lunchtime Video Talk’ about the Civil Rights Leader and member of the US House of Representatives, John Lewis, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The library have organised a Black History Month book bingo challenge, we will be holding a celebration day on Friday 16 October, and there’s loads more to come over the next two weeks!
While engaging with all the information and activities that will be shared in school during October, we will be reflecting on the question: ‘What richness/understanding/truth are we missing out on if we don’t include Black voices/stories/contributions?’ Black History Month 2020 @CLSG marks a commitment to include more diversity in our school activities, both inside and outside the classroom.