Black History Month 2023
Black History Month 2023 at Joseph Leckie Academy
Black women have been at the heart of social justice movements throughout history, courageously battling oppression and advocating for change. However, their accomplishments have frequently been neglected or forgotten. Black History Month 2023 offers a significant opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of black women by focusing on honouring the matriarchs of movements and saluting our sisters.
1. Kamala Harris, First black woman to be vice-president.
2. Cocoa Girl, first UK black girls magazine
3. Fay Allen: Britain's first ever black policewoman
4. Emma Clarke: UK’s first black female footballer
5. Jessikah Inaba: UK's first blind, black, female barrister .
6. Judge Ketanji Brown to be first black woman appointed to US Supreme Court
7. Marsai Martin youngest person to serve as an executive producer on a major Hollywood film
8. Michelle Obama, first black woman to be First Lady of the United States
9. Dr Shirley Jackson, physicist.
10. Madame C.J. Walker: The First Black Millionairess
11. Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground railroad.
12. Barbara Walker, artist.
13. Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician
14. Mary McLeod Bethune: Fighting for Equality in the Classroom and Beyond.
15. Sojourner Truth, Fierce Warrior for Social Justice
16. Shirley Chisholm: First black female to run for president
17. Ida B. Wells, Journalist and Anti-Lynching activist
18. Story of Ballerina Llanchie Stevenson
19. Nneka Akudolu: The sixth, black, female QC in the UK
20. Bernadine Evaristo, writer.
21. Yvonne Conolly: Britain's first black Headteacher
22. Bessie Coleman, first black female pilot
23. The Ivory Bangle Lady 400AD
24. Simone Biles: American four-time Olympic champion.
25. Windrush Pioneer: Dame Jocelyn Barrow
26. Introducing: Baroness Doreen Lawrence – Finding the Inner Strength
27. Nicola Adams. Olympic gold medal-winning boxer
28. Olivette Otele, first black female professor in the UK
29. Mary Prince: first black woman to publish her autobiography
30. Lilian Bader: one of the first Black women to join the British armed forces.
31. Olive Morris: political activist
Digging deeper: Remember to check out our dedicated space in the library
- Hamilton, theatre by an all black cast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSCKfXpAGHc
- Black History Month website: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/
- Black and British, A Short Essential History by David Olusoga - BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0499smp
- National Archives, Black British History on Record, https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/black-history