Schools celebrate Black History Month

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Schools in Luton are celebrating Black History Month this October.

The annual event is a chance to promote and celebrate the history, culture, music and people of black and ethnic minority communities.

Cllr Waheed Akbar said: “Black History Month is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of black culture, music, food and inspirational black people. I’d encourage everyone to get involved with Black History Month and enjoy the activities on offer.”

Lea Manor High School invited Osagyefo Theatre Company to perform dancing, storytelling and African drumming to key stage three students.

Their assemblies this week have the theme of ‘don’t turn a blind eye’, which addresses bullying and on Friday, a black history competition will be launched in the school’s newsletter for all students to take part in.

At Stopsley Community Primary School, activities will focus on heroes in black history including Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mary Seacole and Claudia Jones, and they will be visited by Bigfoot Theatre Company.

Farley Junior School will have a display in their foyer of music from Africa and the Caribbean, and they will also be visited by Osagyefo Theatre Company.

Contact your local school to find out what activities are taking place during October to celebrate Black History Month.