Black History Month 2023 – this year the focus is on women’s achievements.
20 October, 2023
We have created a PowerPoint for schools entitled ‘Moving Mountains’ which focuses on the BHM 2023 theme of Saluting Our Sisters, and celebrates Black British women’s achievements and contributions. Although the content is related to this year’s BHM theme it can be used at any point during the year. It also references Windrush 75, celebrated this year. As with all our resources it is editable so you can make it suit your needs. It would be great for schools to add local examples of Black women in their community.
Background Information to Black History Month
It has been observed in the UK every October since 1987, beginning as a way to promote knowledge, understanding and recognition of Black history and achievements. Event founder Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, decided action was needed to tackle what he saw as “the identity crisis that Black children faced” in the 1980s.
He felt young people would gain “self-pride” if “their living environments buzzed with positive vibes, instructions and images about themselves.
It is increasingly acknowledged that Black history is British and World history and should not be confined to one month but embedded into the history curriculum all In Bradford the Black and African Heritage Network is aware that the month provides a focus for work in schools and communities and is keen for work in schools to take place in the district, raise the profile and help source resources which can be embedded into curriculums and schemes of work to be to be taught across the year.
Please also check out our other free to access resources relevant to teaching Black history and building an anti-racist environment in your school:
Find more BHM resources here
Black history resources are available widely – here are just a few suggestions
If you like podcasts listen to The History Hotline for fascinating episodes of Black British History https://open.spotify.com/show/1GavSibsENENOjVulvr5IT?si=32af4372b78748b8