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Sep 30 2021

Black History Matters | Resources to support your school.

Below you’ll find content suitable for use with both primary and secondary school pupils supporting Black History. 

If you would like to contribute to these resources, please email


Black History Month Schedule 2021. Please download a copy of our H&F Black History Month 2021 schedule that we would like to be promoted across the organisation and externally. Click here


Black History Month: Guided Walk | Saturday 9 October 2021

Meet a pioneer of Pan-Africanism, two successful singer-songwriters, some old and new arrivals, as well as a couple of crafty escapees. The walk, led by a Blue Badge Guide, starts at West Kensington Underground Station.

FREE to join. Sign up here.

Tuesday, October 26th at 2pm – Apartheid and Me: Children’s author event

Hammersmith Library  – For ages 5+

Join author and storyteller Monica Clarke as she reads from her children’s book Apartheid and Me. Fully illustrated, Apartheid and Me is written for the learning of children up to age10, to help them recognise inequality and discrimination no matter how these are disguised. Copies will be available to purchase after the session.

About the Author

Monica Clarke was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Europe as a political refugee from Apartheid. She now lives in London. – Please register for a ticket here

Wednesday, October 27th at 2pm – When Mr Mandela Came to Town: Children’s author event

Fulham Library

For ages 7+

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 ( / with the collaboration of local artist Renata Fernandez ( 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

Black Inventors & Pioneers Children Workshops. Starting Sunday 12th September 2021 @ 12:00 GMT.

Make History come to life with these Sankofa Sunday ‘Black Inventors & Pioneers’ children workshops led by Charmaine Simpson of Black History Studies.

With its emphasis on Black racial identity, pride and self-determination, these workshops will inspire young people to learn about great inventors who contributions to technology have contributed to World History and made our daily lives easier or safer! Click here for more information

Ms Fleury’s Virtual Black History Library 2021


Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard

BBC Black History Teacher Resources

Miles Coverdale – Black History celebrated

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!)

Coming to England (EYFS – CBeebies Bedtime Stories)

What is the Windrush generation? (KS1 – Newsround)

Baroness Floella Benjamin speaks about Black History Month (KS2)

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

The Windrush

Lined Black and White Portrait

Map of the Caribbean

The Windrush Vocabulary Cards

Windrush Reading Comprehension

Narrow Lined Black and White Portrait

Newsround – Windrush Day 2021: Celebrations and storytelling. 

EVENT 22 July 2021 – Black History, Culture and Experience Events – What did African Americans contribute to Science and Technology? Click here to information and to register

​​​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

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