Black History Month at Elstree
Celebrating black history and culture in the month of October has been a British tradition since the 1960s. This has taken on various forms in the past, including African & Caribbean dance, art exhibitions and drama.
What is Black History Month about?
Black History Month was originally founded to recognise the contributions African and Caribbean people have made to the UK. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people, but black people in general.
How Elstree got involved
Last month, Forms 5ELB and 5LAB explored the theme of empathy through characterisation in their Drama Lessons with Head of Drama Mrs Oliver. They focused their performances on three widely known characters from black history. These included, Mary Seacole (1805-1881), Rosa Parks (1913-2005) and Martin Luther King Junior (1929-1968).
Year 5LAB performed the story of Mary Seacole – a Jamaican nurse, who despite racial discrimination, went to the Crimean war in 1854 to help British soldiers. While Year 5LEB focused on Rosa Parks, the African American department store assistant, who sparked a resistance and boycott against racial injustice on buses in Alabama, USA.
The Elstree Black History Month Assembly concluded with Martin Luther King Junior’s “I have a dream…” speech. As an African American church minister, he fought tirelessly for equality for all black Americans in the 1960s. Then, Year 6 joined Year 5 with a song “We shall overcome” accompanied by Head of Music Mrs Westley.