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October is Black History Month

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Bryan Knight in Year 10 has written about Black History Month and some of the most inspirational people who have made it.

October is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration that looks back on the trials and tribulations of important black diaspora who have helped to move race barriers.
There have been many who have helped shift this barrier. such as Rosa Parks, who refused to move seats for a white man, Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and Maya Angelou who connected with many with her poetic talent and recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

There are even more significant people who have helped such as Dr Martin Luther King Jr who was a civil rights activist and marched to Washington to deliver his “I have a dream” speech, Nelson Mandela, the first black South African President, who was imprisoned for 27 years for his anti apartheid work,  and the Freedom Riders who were civil rights activists who rode buses into segregated southern states in the US, to help to put a stop to this  segregation and were willing to risk their lives for the freedom of others.

Many who played a role in the racial equality movement, you may know, such as Diana Ross, who has inspired people with her music and Bob Marley who we all know as the man who defined Rastafarian culture.  Also, Oprah Winfrey, a lady who became the first self made black female billionaire, is a world renowned talk show host.

Let us remember the long journey that we as a society have helped to move forward, and to all the dead and the living, we thank you for your courage.

Richard Lander School