Black History Month
Black History Month UK is a celebration of black history that takes place 1-31 October every year. This year (2021), the 33rd UK Black History Month will be celebrated. The first was in 1987.
In school each class will be joining in with Black History Month in different ways. Some of which they will share at home through projects and homework you will see in your Google classrooms.
To celebrate Black History month we are celebrating famous authors and
encouraging children to read some of their books. Please click on the link below to access a Black
We are also encouraging children to explore black history, heritage, culture and achievements. Click on the
link below to see BBC News round report on Black History month and other useful links suitable for
Years 5 and 6 pupils.
At Saint Joseph's Infant and Junior Schools the culture and history of many world heritages and religions are incorporated throughout the year in all of our subjects.
It can be seen in the texts we use in literacy, the scientists we learn about in science, the historical figures, heroes and world leaders we learn about in history and geography as well as current figures in our society.
During art and design and design technology we learn about different world artists, techniques from art around the world as well as traditional artist styles from other countries.
It is important to learn and understand the religions of others, especially all those in our community and we reference important celebration days throughout the year as well as learn about the history and meaning behind these days.
As part of our British Values learning, PHSE and Caritas we also learn about tolerance for all, freedom and caring for all our neighbours as Jesus taught us. Incorporated throughout our RE we teach tolerance and understanding. The program teaches about two world religions Judaism and Hinduism in depth and touches upon other world religions throughout the year.
We believe in the importance of respect, love and freedom for all of our neighbours:
“The development of peoples depends on a recognition that the human race is a single family working together…” (Pope John Paul II).
Please see below for events in Brent and London this Black History Month
Black History Month 2021: Proud To Be...
About this event
The FREE events are open to ALL staff and residents but advance booking is required.
This year’s online programme includes:
- Dream of a King - Written, Directed & performed by Christopher Tajah – 7th October 12pm
- Afro Hair Workshop - 14th October 12pm
- Live jollof rice Cook-along – 28th October 6pm
- Bookclub Review – 28th October 12pm
Main Event - 21st October 12pm, includes:
- Panel discussion and debate with: Dawn Butler MP (British Labour Party politician), Justin Finlayson (founder of the United Borders a music education charity for young people), Councillor Wilhelmina Murray and Patricia Wharton (Let’s Talk Show, Chalkhill Community Radio Station)
- Comedy by Mr Cee
- Poetry by Sharmay Mitchell
- Reggae Choir and more!
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Both events are suitable for families with children 5+.
Celebrating Black Brilliance In Brent
This Black History Month Brent Museum and Archives are celebrating Black lives and Black brilliance in Brent.
Main Event: ‘Celebrating Black Excellence – Proud To Be…’ (Thursday 21 October, 12-2.30pm):
This year's annual Black History Month celebration event will be held virtually and will celebrate the achievements of historical and present local, professional black and ethnic minority people and organisations, whilst raising awareness of issues still faced by our communities. There will be a combination of speakers, music and performances. On the panel will be Dawn Butler MP; founder of United Borders, Justin Finlayson and Cllr Wilhelmina Murray. Book now
The Story of Afro Hair (Thursday 14 October, 12-2pm):
Using the research behind her latest book, Kandace Chimbiri will show what hairstyles worn over thousands of years tell us about Black history. Book now.
Uncovering the History of Black British Mariners (Tuesday 19 October, 6.30-7.30pm):
Join author S.I. Martin to find out why seamen were needed on Royal Navy ships throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, their diverse origins and their impact on Black culture and politics. Book now
Live Jollof Rice Cook-along (Thursday 28 October, 6-7pm):
Grab your pot, and join the "Vegan Nigerian" Chef, Tomi Makanjuola online, as we cook Jollof Rice and Plantain right from your kitchen. Book now.
Black Poppies - Britain’s Black Community and the Great War (Thursday 11 November, 6.30-7.30pm):
Join author Stephen Bourne and explore the military and civilian wartime experiences of Britain's black community during the Great War. Book now.