Lemn Sissay: Wigan Poet

He is an English author and broadcaster. Sissay was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, has been chancellor of the University of Manchester since 2015, and joined the Foundling Museum’s board of trustees two years later, having previously been appointed one of the museum’s fellows. He was awarded the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize. He has written a number of books and plays (source: Wikipedia). His work was shared across the key stages highlighting his struggles and successes.


Poems

chosen by a key stage 3 class as part of a student voice activity for everyone to share in school

Poetry Recitation 27: “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

‘Stick around’ by Birdspeed

Benjamin Zephaniah Talking Turkeys


 

October is Black History Month in the UK and it’s been celebrated nationwide every year for nearly 40 years. This month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just Afro-Caribbean black people but all black people in general.


Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.


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Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American civil rights activist. She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960.


Black Inventors: Most people have heard about famous inventions like the light bulb, the cotton gin and the iPhone. But there are countless other, often overlooked inventions that make our daily lives easier. Among the creative innovators behind these devices, are African-Americans. From the traffic light to caller ID to the ironing board, see a list of products that have sprung from the minds of black inventors.