Black History Month 2020
October is the month that we, in Britain, celebrate Black History Month. It is particularly poignant this year, because of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the emphasis on the racism that prevails in our society. The founder of Black History Month, Carter G Woodson, was instrumental in ensuring that Black History had a voice.
Woodson was appalled at the lack of information about black history and the lack of recognition for black inventors, writers, scientists and entrepreneurs. He founded the Study of Negro Life and History, and to this end, announced that the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This was in direct response to the virtual obliteration of Black History in America. We have a duty to ensure that his work continues and that all our citizens of colour, past and present, get the recognition they deserve. That Black History will be included as a matter of course, in all history.
We at Lathom, have a proud tradition of celebrating a range of significant black heroes from all walks of life and from all parts of the world. The children will participate again this year, but it will look different, as with most things due to the pandemic. Watch this space!
Newham, as a borough, is a huge supporter of BHM and has a large programme of activities planned throughout October. Check their website for dates and times. https://www.newhamblackhistory.org/
The Museum of London also has a range of events you can participate in, especially over half term. Check their website, as booking is required.
One of the highlights for this year, is the Royal Mail. They have a tradition of painting pillar boxes different colours for special events such as the Olympics and the Cricket World Cup. This year, Royal Mail will honour Black History Month, by painting four pillar boxes black! They are in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow. They feature Mary Seacole, Sir Lenny Henry, Walter Tull and artist Yinka Shonibare.
There are QR codes on the boxes, so you can access more information on the people featured and others. What a brilliant idea to highlight the cause. Welcome to Black History Month!
History Subject Lead