BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2023 UPDATE
What a way to end OBS's Black History Month! It was so lovely to see everyone wearing red for a change. It was such a joint powerful message that our school are united in our determination to 'Show Racism the Red Card'.
During October, our assemblies had a focus of celebrating current and historical achievements of prominent Black people. We learned songs by John Legend, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder was our focus musician of the month. We learned about Paul Stephenson and the Bristol Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Lewis Lattimer, the inventor of the light bulb, poems by Benjamin Zephaniah and the amazing Simone Biles, to name but a few. Willard Wigan, the famous miniaturist sculptor, presented a whole school assembly and then worked with two year groups throughout the day. What an inspirational Black artist he is and how he motivated us all to create miniature art and look at his current exhibition at Wollaton Hall.
Today we talked about why 'Show Racism the Red Card' is so important and why the Newcastle United goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop', who had been a victim of racism, had decided to shine a light on racist behaviour and do all he could as a famous figure to stamp it out. We had discussions, watched videos and created posters and artwork about how we must not tolerate any racist behaviour and stand up to anyone using any racist language. Some of these posters are now displayed around school as a permanent and prominent reminder to us all why this is such an important issue for us all.