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Black History in Hammersmith & Fulham

People love living in Hammersmith and Fulham. It’s diverse, we care about our neighbours, and we don’t like unfairness. To ensure young Hammersmith and Fulham share in those values too, in the run up to Black History Month this October, we launched an investigation into the borough’s own black history.

Book list

  1. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr Joy DeGruy
  2. Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  3. Why I’m no longer talking about race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
  4. Black and British: a forgotten history by David Olusoga
  5. Black and British: a short essential history by David Olusoga
  6. Black London – life before emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina
  7. The Power Broker by Robert Caro
  8. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  9. I Can’t Breathe – Can 8 minutes, 46 seconds change the world? by Mervyn Roye Weir
  10. The Louder I will Sing by Lee Lawrence
  11. Now You Know: The Memoirs of Allan Charles Wilmot by Allan Wilmot
  12. Climbing up the Rough Side of the Mountain by Sam King
  13. When we Ruled by Robin Walker

Watch on BBC iPlayer – A story of a Windrush generation girl who came to Britain in 1960 from the Caribbean. Adapted from the book Coming to England, which was written for children everywhere. Click here

In order to educate our pupils on this important event in Black British History, I attach some resources and educational videos to be shared with your classes.

The Windrush Song (Excellent starter for all year groups!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhdVZ1HiOGU

Coming to England (EYFS – CBeebies Bedtime Stories)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZUHEMM4shI

What is the Windrush generation? (KS1 – Newsround)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si3IRAPJkkU

Baroness Floella Benjamin speaks about Black History Month (KS2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSGSlmqbpwo

Urbanwise – Hammersmith and Fulham Black History – YouTube

Tate London – Black Art and Identities. 

‘I couldn’t find images of us that I recognised. I could find lots of parodies of black womanhood. So something new was needed. Something that I felt was more authentic.’ Claudette Johnson –Click here to explore now

When Mr Mandela Came to Town is the debut children’s book by Kemi Bamgbose.

As a child, Kemi took the day off school to see the newly elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, on his historic trip to Brixton, following 27 years imprisonment for campaigning against Apartheid Rule, joining with thousands of others for this momentous occasion, in July 1996.

Join Kemi as she explores the inspiration behind her book – which is a creative reimagining of that day, reads a chapter or two and for a few creative activities for children to take part in! Copies will be available to purchase after the session. – Please register for a ticket here

Remembering Slavery. Update from Urbanwise.

The resource aims to inform and enrich teaching and learning about the Transatlantic Slave trade and its consequences by tracing the links of people and places in Hammersmith and Fulham to enslavement, the slave trade and its abolition. It traces the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants, detailing their presence and experiences in the local area. It also celebrates the contribution of the black community to the development of this diverse, multicultural borough.

Click here

WATCH – A short film of a Black History walk in Notting Hill / Portobello Road for local residents and people interested in this aspect of British History. We worked with a local young actor and musician, Emmanuel Simon, as the storyteller. We filmed him on a walk along Portobello and Golborne roads, telling the story of this area’s rich black history, including the arrival of the Windrush, the founding of the carnival, racism experienced by arrivals from the Caribbean and the wonderful musical heritage. A member of our staff researched the history and help create the script and film. Co-produced and edited by Alex Diaz (alxdz.co.uk / th3cult.co.uk) with the collaboration of local artist Renata Fernandez (www.renatafernandez.com) for portraits. Thanks to our funders Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund (Young Grenfell Fund)

Click here

Download booklet – Black history timeline pre and post 19oo.

People love living in Hammersmith and Fulham. It’s diverse, we care about our neighbours, and we don’t like unfairness. To ensure young Hammersmith and Fulham share in those values too, in the run up to Black History Month this October, we launched an investigation into the borough’s own black history.

Click here

BBC Primary and Secondary Resources

Windrush Day 2021: Celebrations and storytelling

Ms Flearys Virtual Black History Library 2021

Social Justice Standards

MCPS Black History Newspaper

The Windrush Powerpoint

Map of the Caribbean

The Windrush Vocabulary Cards

Windrush Reading Comprehension

Lined Black and White Portrait

Narrow Lined Black and White Portrait

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard