Black History Month 2004

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For 2004, irespect brings together a collection of largely web-based resources to help schools celebrate and explore Black History!

Competition for Gloucestershire

Primary Schools

Prizes for KS1 and KS2 entries!

Find out more about Famous Black People and enter an art or poster competition.

KS1: Find out more here....

KS2: Find out more here....


Competition for Gloucestershire
Secondary Schools

£30.00 prize!

Black Heroes - Who are they?

Do a photo quiz on Famous Black Heroes - and Local Black Heroes. Then write about your own hero.       

Find out more here ...

Black History Month Writing Competition

"Being Black in Gloucestershire"




Members of the Black Community - of all ages: student, parent, grandparent ... are invited to enter a writing competition. There will be prizes for all ages, and an anthology of writing will be published.

Find out more here ...




Black History Month is held every October in Britain. The aims are to:

  • Promote knowledge of Black History and experience.
  • Disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British Society.
  • Heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.
The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor for thirty years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. It is still celebrated in America in February each year.

Follow the links below to find out more:

Looking around irespect

On irespect there is a range of resources and lesson plans where you will find useful information for planning Black History Month activities

Untold Stories:

Explore the history and settlement of the African Caribbean Community in Gloucestershire.

Tredworth Oral History

Interviews with African Caribbean Elders in Tredworth, Gloucester

Terry Roberts:

One of the Little Rock 9 - who helped peacefully break illegal educational segregation in the USA as a 16 year old in 1957.


Parish Registers:

The Gloucestershire Record Office holds references to black people in the county dating back to 1603.

American Sites:

Teachers' Guides to American websites


A child centered approach to raising achievement of African Caribbean pupils in Gloucestershire schools


External Links

irespect will keep you up to date with National information, activities, and websites for Black History Month

Black History Month

Let's Kick Racism Out ofFootball

Football poets have lesson plans!

100 Great Black Britons

Black History / Hidden History: Manchester EMAS

Moving Here

The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History


Channel 4 Black History Map


The Black Presence in Britiain




BBC Multicultural History



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