CH celebrates Black History (Carys Agyemang, Christ’s Hospital)

Black History Month: a time to appreciate, commemorate and learn about Afro-Caribbean stories and culture. With a population as diverse as Christ’s Hospital, many feel that learning about other cultures helps us appreciate one another. This is especially important in the month of October.

This year, black history was celebrated with several meals and dishes with origins stretching from Nigeria to Jamaica. Renowned content creator Zai Sylla gave a talk titled “Championing Black Stories on Page and Screen” to students in grades 11-13. She covered issues such as black joy and the portrayal of black people in the media. Also, a group of students had dinner with Zai, where she spoke about her experiences as a black woman in Belgium.

Just before the start of Black History Month, Abi Daré, the author of The Girl with a Louding Voice, a novel that examines the life of a young Nigerian girl, gave a lecture. The lecture was offered to students in grades 10, 11 and sixth grade students studying English.

Abi Daré introduced the start of a conversation about Nigerian customs and culture, discussing issues such as life in Nigeria and the transition that occurred when she moved to the UK. Discussing this allowed students of Nigerian and West African descent to feel recognized and valued, and provided insight for people from diverse backgrounds.

Students in the lower reaches of the school had incorporated Black History Month into their curriculum, with history, PSHE, and religious education classes offered to increase their knowledge of Black history.

Over the years, students recognize that more is being done to commemorate Afro-Caribbean stories. However, some believe the celebrations have been cut short this year. E. Davoh commented that while she appreciated what was being done, compared to previous years, she felt that “the celebrations were cut short, mainly because the semester took up a large part of the month”.

Students are looking forward to next year’s celebrations and events hosted by the school’s Afro-Caribbean society later in the year. CH celebrates Black History (Carys Agyemang, Christ’s Hospital)

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