Thought For The Day – Wednesday 12th October 2022
Black History Month
October in the United Kingdom is Black History Month.
Black History Month celebrates and makes visible the positive contribution of people of black people and people of colour past, present and future.
Black History Month celebrates wonderful cultural diversity.
Black History Month also remembers, and shows solidarity with, suffering that has been, and is still, experienced and promotes the absolutely vital importance of anti-racism and all anti-prejudice and discrimination.
We all must use our sphere of influence every day of every month to promote equality, inclusion and diversity. This is vital for the mental health, physical health and wellbeing of all. This includes our on-line choices, as we heard from our inspirational speaker yesterday.
Mrs. Ellen and Mrs. Matthau are once again offering another important opportunity for you to submit something special relating to Black History Month. There are also important and inspirational examples once again being featured once again by Miss Bishop in the school library, as well as across the curriculum.
BBC One’s “Football Focus” programme at the weekend featured the story of Jack Leslie. Jack, an “East End” boy with Jamaican roots, joined Plymouth Argyle in the 1920s and became club captain, representing the club 400 times and scoring 137 goals. At the time, he was the only black footballer in England and in 1925 he became the first black person to be chosen to represent England. But, tragically, Jack’s place was withdrawn.
But family never ever forgets. Good people never ever forget. Positive legacies continue. Last week, Jack’s wonderful granddaughters unveiled a statue to Jack at Plymouth’s stadium. The England cap has been restored, justice has been done. Here is the very moving report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/63185134
Football Focus tells the story of Jack Leslie, who joined Plymouth Argyle in the 1920s, and is now recognised as the first black player to be picked for England.
Life and sport does have the positive power to unite.
Good luck to all students representing the school in important netball, football and rugby matches today and in the next few days.