Featured Resource: Black History 4 Schools
As October is Black History Month, we've chosen as our Website of the Month, Black History 4 Schools.
The website was set up in 1996 by Dan Lyndon, head of History at a London school, in order to 'bring black history firmly into the mainstream history curriculum'. The site gives access to a number of resources about the history of Black and Asian people from Tudor times and throughout the 18th to 20th centuries.
The resources are divided into time periods: 'Tudors', 'Slavery', '18th & 19th century' and '20th century'. They include PowerPoint presentations, tests, worksheets, lesson plans, schemes of work, and webquests.
A number of articles and interviews explore the issues relating to the teaching of Black and Asian history and Dan's regular blog highlights events, new resources, discussions, debates around the subject along with examples of good practice from teachers and students. He also makes recommendations and endorsements that might be for films, plays, exhibitions, or lectures that will offer new insights. There's also the occasional competition.
New resources are added regularly and Dan Lyndon intends to relaunch the site in 2009. In the meantime, Black History 4 Schools already offers a wealth of resources to spark the imagination of creative teachers and students.
News articles on teaching Black History:
Black history to be taught in school as part of curriculum, The Independent, 26 August 2008
So where do fish and chips come from? The Independent, 28 August 2008
Why black history is important,TES, 8 September 2008
Teaching separation, guardian.co.uk, 15 September 2008
Other Black History resources in the Real Histories Directory:
Black to the Future online quiz
Channel 4 - History in Action: Race in the 20th Century
Teaching Emotive and Controversial History 3-19
Caribbean Histories Revealed
The Immigrants Project
Butetown History & Arts Centre
Black and Asian Studies Association
Connections Exhibition and Website