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Stoke Damerel Community College

Celebrating Black History Month 2023: Honoring the Legacy of Black Women

As Black History Month 2023 unfolds, it is a time for us all to come together and reflect on the invaluable contributions of black individuals to British society.

This is a momentous occasion, where we recognise the history, culture, and achievements of black people, who have always played a pivotal role in shaping the social fabric of the United Kingdom.

Throughout history, black people have been at the forefront of social justice movements, bravely standing against oppression and leading the way toward transformative change. Their resilience, passion, and unwavering commitment to justice have left an indelible mark on our society. Yet, despite the countless contributions made by black individuals, the exceptional achievements of black women, in particular, have all too often been overlooked or forgotten.

This year, in honour of Black History Month, we turn our attention to celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of black women who have made an indomitable impact on history, culture, and society. From civil rights activists to pioneering scientists, from writers and poets to trailblazing athletes, black women have shattered glass ceilings and pushed boundaries, inspiring generations with their unwavering determination.

Our commitment to recognising these trailblazers is evident in our educational initiatives throughout the month. Students from all backgrounds have been actively engaged in learning about influential black women in history. Their stories, achievements, and the challenges they overcame have served as a source of inspiration for the younger generation, fostering a sense of empowerment and self-belief.

But Black History Month is not only about learning; it's about embracing the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions that enrich our society. As part of our celebrations, students have had the opportunity to taste food from different cultures. This cultural exchange through cuisine has not only been a delight for the taste buds but also an eye-opening experience that highlights the diversity and beauty of black culture.

In addition to the educational activities, students have created a display board in the "street," showcasing the lives and achievements of black women. This visual tribute serves as a constant reminder of the profound impact black women have had on our world, sparking conversations and inspiring further exploration of their stories.

Specialist assemblies have been another integral part of our celebration of Black History Month. These assemblies have provided a platform for insightful discussions, performances, and presentations that have deepened our understanding of the contributions made by black individuals, with a particular focus on the extraordinary achievements of black women.

The poet laureate from last year left a mark with an extraordinary poem that encapsulated the essence of Black History Month. Sophie's words resonated deeply, striking a chord with audiences across the years.

Black History Month 2023 is an opportunity to celebrate and educate, to remember and reflect, and to ensure that the invaluable contributions of black individuals, especially black women, are recognised, acknowledged, and celebrated for generations to come. Together, we can amplify their voices and ensure that their stories continue to inspire and drive progress in our society.

Trials and Triumphs

By Sophie 

Black History Month, a time to reflect, 

On the trials and triumphs, we must not neglect, 

The struggles and sacrifices, the pain and the pride, 

Of a people who fought, who never gave up and never died. 


From slavery to freedom, from oppression to rights, 

From discrimination to empowerment, from darkness to light, 

The journey has been long, but the spirit remains, 

Of a people who rise, who shine, who break the chains. 


We honour the leaders, the heroes, and the fighters

Who paved the way, who fought for justice and a future brighter 

From Martin Luther King Jr. to Maya Angelou, 

Their voices still echo, their legacy still true. 


We celebrate the culture, the art, the good and the tragic, 

The love and diversity, the rhythm and the magic, 

From music to theatre, literature to dreams 

Black excellence and pride are bursting at the seams. 


So let's embrace Black History Month and let's honour the past, 

Let's learn from the struggles, let's make progress that lasts, 

The journey is not over, there's still work to be done, 

But together we can make a difference and a better future won.