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Home school competition celebrates Black British history

Children and young people have been asked to create unique projects to mark Black British history.


The competition, sponsored by the National Education Union (NEU), is a segment of the 100 Great Black Britons campaign created by Patrick Vernon to celebrate the history and achievements of Black people in Britain.

The 100 Great Black Britons was created in 2003 in response to the BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons television series the year before, when there was no representation of Black People.


Since then, the campaign has continued to tackle the invisibility of black people’s achievements and contributions in the UK.


Entries of the “home-school” challenge will be featured on the website in October for Black History Month.

Kevin Courtney, the NEU’s joint general secretary, said: "The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the centrality of black people in Britain to the NHS and care work, transport systems, food supplies, utilities, research, education and so much more.


"The NEU supports this competition to celebrate what we have always known: that Britain’s history is irrefutably rooted in black and global history and that our members do a fantastic job in teaching this."


The competition comes before Windrush Day on 22 June.


NEU have said teachers and parents during lockdown can use the resources on its website, to help young people learn more about people of African descent and the impact they have had on British history.


Source: The Guardian

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