Thought For The Day – Monday 2nd October 2023
Black History Month
October in the United Kingdom is Black History Month.
Black History Month celebrates and makes visible the invaluable contribution of people of black people and people of colour past, present and future.
Black History Month celebrates wonderful cultural diversity.
Referring to the rise to prominence of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King through the bus protest, which Rosa Parks’ refusal to move her seat was a catalyst for, it is said that because Rosa sat down, Martin stood up. The theme of Black History Month 2023 is “Celebrating and Saluting Our Sisters”. It remembers the massive contributions of black women and women of colour.
These women have often suffered racism.
These women have often suffered the double prejudice and discrimination of racism and sexism.
These women have often suffered the triple prejudice and discrimination of racism, sexism and classism. Classism means suffering prejudice and discrimination based on poverty and wealth.
Some of these women have suffered the quadruple discrimination of LGBT+ prejudice and discrimination.
All prejudice and discrimination is totally wrong.
In Black History Month we particularly remember, and show solidarity with, suffering that has been, and is still, experienced and promote the absolutely vital importance of anti-racism.
We use our platform every day to promote kindness, fairness, equality, diversity and inclusion.
Despite all the above, black women and women of colour inspired, lead and changed the world.
Mrs. Ellen and Mrs. Matthau will launch another greater opportunity for you this Black History Month in assemblies this week. Mrs. Ellen and Mrs. Matthau will also educate, empower and enlighten us further on this vital month and the theme.
There will be further important references to Black History Month in the School Library, Citizenship lessons, your subjects, form times and these daily messages.
Thank you also to Mrs. Miles for all she does to lead and inspire Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at TBSHS.