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Race and Religion

Race and Religion

Working with schools we want to challenge misconceptions, stereotypes and negative attitudes in society and to promote integration within and between all our communities.

Respect, equality and diversity are key features in a well-planned PSHE education programme. A safe and respectful classroom can give pupils the opportunity to reflect on how each individual's behaviour, attitudes and biases affect others and teach them how to recognise and challenge prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination.

Ideas for Black History Month 

Did you knowBlack History Month is a great time to stop and take stock of some of the contributions made by black people throughout history. With that in mind, we look at twelve milestones along the way, including astronauts, Grammy winners and BAFTA nominations. How many of these did you know?

Did You Know? Looking at some Firsts and Pioneering Events

Hair

Hair means something different to each of us, but Black hair has a meaningful history as a symbol of survival, resistance and celebration.

Here are some things to know and appreciate about the rich cultural, aesthetic and social history of Black hair:

  • Hair was a sacred cultural and spiritual symbol in ancient African societies. Braids and other intricate hairstyles were historically worn to signify marital status, age, religion, wealth and rank in society.
  • Laws passed in the 18th century forcing Black women in America to cover their hair in public. This was the first step in a process of systematic culture and identity erasure
  • Dreadlocks represent a renewed sense of pride in African physical characteristics and a deeper spiritual connection as they are believed to connect wearers to jah (God) and earth-force.  This belief in dreadlocks holding physical power is linked, by some, to the biblical story of Samson who lost his strength when Delilah cut his seven locks.
  • In the 1960s the afro became a symbol of self-empowerment and activism. The natural afro became a popular statement of power, pride and resistance
  • World Afro Day was founded to normalise afros and their natural texture and end discrimination towards people who wish to wear their hair in their natural afros. World afro day is now celebrated every year ont he 15th September.

Hip Hop History - From the street corner to the world stage, hip hop has grown into one of the world’s most prominent musical genres and cultural influences. Explore significant events in hip hop history and its explosive evolution.

Ever since its humble beginnings, Hip Hop has spoken truth to power and challenged the status-quo. Protest and resistance have been common elements of this genre of music, evoking the fight for racial equality and communicating anger at socio-economic conditions that shaped the lives of many Black people. Here, Icon Collective Magazine chronicles the main players, movers and shakers of Hip Hop. 

Hip Hop History: From the Streets to the Mainstream 

Rice and Peas - As part of Black History Month celebrations, we are looking at some delicious recipes from around the world.  Joanna Adeyinka-Burford mentioned her Grandma Lolis and her love of Rice and Peas... which got us thinking!  As our tummies started to rumble, we looked for the ideal warming recipe for rice and peas, which we are delighted to present here so if you haven't tried rice and peas before, there's really no excuses now!

You can serve rice and peas as a side with Caribbean-style jerk chicken, or other barbecued meats. Oh, and the 'peas' are actually kidney beans! Black History Month Recipe: Jamaican Rice and Peas 

Recommended Books - Across the African diaspora, Black people have used literature as a way to understand both the brutality and the joy of the world around them. They’ve wielded their words as weapons in some of the fiercest battles against systemic racism, transphobia, misogynoir, and colonialism. And they’ve told beautiful, unforgettable stories about how Black folks live, love, and survive.

On this list of essential books for Black History Month, you’ll likely find some classics you know and love. But you might also see titles and authors that you may have missed. Our hope is that this list will help you expand your knowledge of the Black literary canon, and discover the richness of the diaspora. (via Shondaland)

Must Read Books For Black History Month

Martin Luther King - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 -1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist, one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

An African American church leader, King advanced civil rights for people of colour in the United States through nonviolence and civil disobedience. Inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi, he led targeted, nonviolent resistance against Jim Crow laws and other forms of discrimination in the United States.

... but you all knew that, right?

Why not test your knowledge on Martin Luther King with this quiz, and learn some more fascinating facts about the man, the myth, the legend!  Take The Quiz Here!

Windrush Generation - Unsung Heroes

The residents and organisations of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster have helped create an exhibition and document showing gratitude to the Windrush Generation for what they have endured and contributed to Britain.

The exhibition Unsung Heroes brings to light just some contributions, both great and small, made by the Windrush Generation who came to build lives in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The City of Westminster.

Take a look at the document below:

Windrush Generation - Unsung Heroes

Writing about Ethnicity

We all know the importance of using up to date and correct terminology in our schools. To help with this the government have published a new document around how we write about ethnicity, including:

  • words and phrases we use and avoid,
  • ethnic minorities and ethnic groups
  • BAME and BME
  • Ordering and style

View the document here

It's Not OK Video

John Lewis Partnership have produced a short film for their staff, but it is relevant to everyone...

Click here to view.

Becoming an Antiracist - The Podcast

This is series of podcasts and a great resource for teachers. 

Access it here 

 

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