Jun 10, 2020
In the light of the protests against racism across the UK this week following the death of George Floyd in the USA, we bring you some activities to help you consider what it is like to be black in the UK, who has been campaigning for the rights of black people and a couple of short films to get you as teachers and parents thinking.
There are many differences between people; one difference is the colour of our skin. It is important to make sure that all people are treated fairly, and that’s why lots of people all over the world are part of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Use this activity to explore what it is like to be a black person living in the UK, and during the lockdown.
The UK's black activists
We usually hear about civil rights activists in America but did you know that there are individuals who have been campaigning for equality for black people in the UK too? This project asks you to research the lives of campaigners Paul Stephenson, who in 1963 led a boycott against a racist bus company, and Doreen Lawrence, whose son was killed in 1993 for being black.
As a think piece for parents and teachers, take a look at these two short films.
- How can you challenge oppression at each different level mentioned in the film? Can you apply this to your school?
- How do the concepts within the films question the status quo?
- Why should the status quo be questioned and challenged to make an equal society?
Hometalk Week 12
Hometalk this week is also focusing on fairness, injustice and inequality. Download the Hometalk activity from Dialogue Works here.