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The Army’s Black History education resources remember Black service people throughout history

These resources recognise Black British, African and Caribbean people’s contribution to the history of the British Army with curriculum links to History and Citizenship.

These Black History digital resources for key stages 3 and 4 include an assembly and lesson plan to help students understand the stories of Black British, African and Caribbean service people who have often been unfairly excluded from the history books and help students consider some of the reasons for and effects of these omissions.

Supported by consultancy from The Black Curriculum and BlackPoppyRose, the assembly resource profiles service people from throughout history, while the interactive lesson resources offer source materials to help students explore the contributions and stories of Black Britons, West and East Africans and Caribbean service people during World War One. The resources also offer examples of the role of Black women in the armed forces and document case studies of a Trinidadian, British and East African (from the Tanzania-Malawi border region) woman during WWI.

These resources also aim to explore the importance of Black History within the wider curriculum. Questions at the end of each resource help facilitate discussions that address the significance of Black History Month and studying Black History more broadly and how this relates to modern discussions on race and diversity, including reflections from current Black soldiers to help build student’s discussions.

Major Jennifer Close said: “We’re very pleased to release these resources for Black History Month 2020. These resources address the important historic contributions by Black British, African and Caribbean service people and help facilitate discussions on race and diversity in the classroom.”

Lavinya Stennett, Founder & CEO of The Black Curriculum said:
“These are timely resources and we at TBC are in full support of knowledge that supports fuller narratives that uncover the diversity within the UK. BASE have done a fantastic job in making this accessible and it is my belief that many audiences will benefit greatly from this learning.”

Selena Carty, Founder of BlackPoppyRose said:
“History has so many layers, we are now exploring a wider narrative to be able to understand the impacts of choices made in the past. These Army Black History education materials are an extremely useful resource to start an overdue conversation.”

The resources are part of the British Army’s dedication to addressing the inequalities within the organisation and raising awareness of the contributions of Black service people both historically and now.

You can download the resources now at: https://apply.army.mod.uk/base/lessons/black-history-month