All across the country, October marks Black History Month (BHM). BHM is designed to celebrate, recognise and promote knowledge of the achievements of the Black community to British history, culture and heritage.
Each year, Islington has a comprehensive set of activities and events to mark BHM. Last year events in Islington, with the theme of Social Justice, saw a 50% increase in participation from the previous year – with over 2,000 participants and community partners taking part in celebrations and activities.
But at the Full Council Meeting on 15th October, councillors called for a new approach to ensure that black history is fully integrated into the school curriculum. This is part of our move to an approach called, ‘All World History, All Year Round’.
Islington Council’s Equalities Champion, Cllr Kaya Comer Schwartz, said about the motion passed at Full Council –
“The rich diversity of Islington is fundamental to the very fabric of our community and to making the borough a fantastic place in which to live and work.
“Every child should feel included and engaged by the history they study in school, at all times, and no student should feel overlooked by the education they receive.
“We are already working together with some schools to develop a more culturally inclusive curriculum. But we think that much more could be done to showcase Black cultural heritage and Black contributions to British society and history.
“I’d encourage anyone who wants to contribute to Islington’s All World History agenda to get in touch with ideas, events and educational resources.”
The motion was seconded by Cllr Claudia Webb