Lealands High School – October 2013

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Black History Month Exhibition comes to Lealands

Students at Lealands High School have been getting involved with black history month throughout October and November and were given the opportunity to learn about British black history when NINE RED Presents (CIC), a community interest company based in Sundon Park visited with their exhibition hosted by Miss Debra Knight, Mrs Imelda Knight and Mr Keith Brown.

The exhibition highlighted how Africans, Caribbeans and their descendants previously hidden from history have profoundly influenced and shaped events in Britain over the course of the last two thousand years.

On display were photographs of a number of black British role models such as; Baroness Valerie Amos, Viv Anderson, Trevor Phillips, Oona King, Diane-Louise Jordan and many more.  The students were set a task to visit the display, choose an individual then stand up, name them and discuss what they had done that was significant to British society.

Following the task, Mr Brown, author of the book ‘RESPECT:  Essential, Universal, Elusive’, talked to the students about the definition of respect.

“You can only give respect if you have self-respect.  Irrespective of race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, religion or political belief, as a duty all people deserve respect.”

He then briefly outlined his motivation for writing the book following a visit to Robben Island in South Africa where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.

Some students stayed after the exhibition to speak with Miss Knight and her colleagues to find out more about the history and culture of black people in Britain which showed their genuine interest in the subject.