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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Education Resources: Welcome
Making Black History by Jeffrey Aaron SnyderIn the Jim Crow era, along with black churches, schools, and newspapers, African Americans also had their own history. Making Black History focuses on the engine behind the early black history movement, Carter G. Woodson and his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Author Jeffrey Aaron Snyder shows how the study and celebration of black history became an increasingly important part of African American life over the course of the early to mid-twentieth century. It was the glue that held African Americans together as "a people," a weapon to fight racism, and a roadmap to a brighter future. Making Black History takes an expansive view of the historical enterprise, covering not just the production of black history but also its circulation, reception, and performance. Woodson, the only professional historian whose parents had been born into slavery, attracted a strong network of devoted members to the ASNLH, including professional and lay historians, teachers, students, "race" leaders, journalists, and artists. They all grappled with a set of interrelated questions: Who and what is "Negro"? What is the relationship of black history to American history? And what are the purposes of history? Tracking the different answers to these questions, Snyder recovers a rich public discourse about black history that took shape in journals, monographs, and textbooks and sprang to life in the pages of the black press, the classrooms of black schools, and annual celebrations of Negro History Week. By lining up the Negro history movement's trajectory with the wider arc of African American history, Snyder changes our understanding of such signal aspects of twentieth-century black life as segregated schools, the Harlem Renaissance, and the emerging modern civil rights movement.
Publication Date: 2018.
WW1 British Caribbean Experience
This 50-minute historical documentary looks at the British Caribbean experience of the First World War and its legacies, as revealed by the last surviving veterans of the British West Indies Regiment. The film is formed of archival materials, drama reconstructions and eye-witness and expert interviews shot in Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia, Italy and the UK.
This guide was first created by Emma Allison who has left the IOE and is now being updated by Nazlin Bhimani. The aim of the guide is to highlight some of the resources on the history and experiences of BAME people. The resources are identified through personal knowledge, via various lists and by consulting with other librarians and academics.
Alt History: Black British History We’re Not Taught in Schools
Black History Month October 2020
October is Black History Month (BHM) in the UK. The Black History Month website is updated annually and has a useful list of activities, talks and events.
In 2017 BLM celebrated some important anniversaries:
70th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush.
70th anniversary of the NHS.
60th anniversary of Notting Hill Riots.
50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act.
50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s Speech Rivers of Blood.
50th anniversary of the Race Equality think tank, The Runnymede Trust.
In 2019 BHM marked the 30th anniversary of Black History Month UK. The Black History Month Magazine provides information on the event and the BHM website lists relevant activities, including talks and screenings.
In 2020, BHM focuses on Racism, Afrophobia & the forgotten black heroes of the NHS.
About this guide:
This guide seeks to be an inclusive hub for information relating to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the UK with reference to education. The guide also provides a snapshot of the range of international resources available for a study of BAME experiences.
The term 'BME' or 'Black and Minority Ethnic' is UK-based terminology which although superseded by 'BAME', Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, still remains popular. BME is not generally used internationally. In North America the terms 'African American' are the preferred terms in relation to people of African heritage and 'Asian' for people of Asian heritage. Previous UK terminology includes 'Minority Ethnic' and 'Ethnic Minority'. These terms may be useful when searching for older information regarding the educational experiences of BME people.
There is an urgent need to confront issues of race, inequality, and social justice, and to build a deeper awareness that promotes empathy and understanding. Critical issues must be faced, steps must be taken, and changes must be made in order to effectively address the underlying, systemic issues which give rise to social injustice.
Black History Walks offer guided Walking Tours in London which focus on the African history of London. The walks take place in 10 different areas from February to November and last about two hours. Private walks available on request, at times to suit your School, University, Birthday or Staff group.
A list of relevant films and talks are listed on the events blog.