Culture, community & activism

Exploring Black British history in London

This resource is part of our Teaching for Creativity series

These four learning sequences – created by the London Metropolitan Archives – present the archives of the prominent Black political activists, Eric and Jessica Huntley, who, from their first arrival in England in 1956, participated in many campaigns for racial and social justice. Linking to curriculum themes around local histories, the sessions all centre on newly digitised archival sound clips from events at the bookshop and publishing company Bogle-L’Ouverture, which they founded in west London.

Pupils will create ‘zines’ to document their learning, using the zine form to consider motivations behind self-publishing and to learn skills in organising and communicating information gathered. Listening to archival material, including performances by prominent Black British poets, Lemn Sissay and John Agard, the resource will explore themes relating to voice, identity, language, education, activism, resilience, and community.

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