1st November 2021 — Over half term, in recognition of Black History Month children from Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey were invited to write a poem or create a piece of artwork inspired by the story of a black or minority ethnic person that interested them. One Year 5 child wrote a beautiful poem about his sister, following her journey and incredible achievements. Another entry was an incredible drawing of Barack Obama by a Year 6 pupil, with inspiring quotes from figures throughout history. One of the quotes read ‘if there is no struggle, there is no progress’ famously said by Frederick Douglas, an American abolitionist.
October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years. The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but all black people.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said, “Black History Month is such an important event, especially as we celebrate having such an inclusive and diverse Danes Hill School community. The pupils are so curious and eager to learn about Britain’s diverse history. They have been asking great questions, doing their own research, and sharing their role models with me as well as their impressive knowledge of black heritage.”
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