Black History Month Resources across BBC

BBC Teach: True Stories

These short video dramatisations introduce the stories of ten children who grew up and changed the world. These short films are taken from the original BBC series, True Stories.

Rosa Parks 

Rosa Parks tells the story of her life, showing how her refusal to give up her seat to a white person on a segregated bus changed the rules of American society, and led towards equality and justice for everyone, whatever the colour of their skin.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman tells the story of her life and how she escaped slavery. Told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation, the story begins when Harriet was a child.


The Newsround website has a collection of news articles, informative videos and interviews about Black History Month. 

Why is black British history so important? 

Campaign groups and charities like The Black Curriculum and Fill in the Blanks have also spoken out on the importance of black history being taught in schools. These campaigners believe all children and young people need to learn about the important roles black people have played throughout British history and the many contributions they have made to society today.

Find the the full article here: Why is black British history so important?

Black Britons who paved the way

De'Graft has been finding out more about influential black people in the UK who were the first to do some important things, you can watch Black Britons who paved the way on Newsround and use it to start a discussion with your children about celebrating black history and culture.

CBBC: Horrible Histories

In celebration of Black History Month, Oti Mabuse brings you a selection of Horrible Histories sketches and songs featuring Rosa Parks, Civil War spy Mary Bowser, pioneering boxer Bill Richmond, plus Mary Seacole and Martin Luther King Jr. Watch now on iPlayer

Martin Luther King - They Were the Heroes

The CBBC website features They Were the Heroes, a song about Martin Luther King on the struggle to earn racial equality in America and the many famous faces that helped along the way. 

BBC Sport

'This story is the future' celebrates Black History Month on BBC Sport. 

BBC Sport will be recognising and celebrating the achievements of black athletes throughout Black History Month in October. The season launches with the film Black History Matters, written and voiced by Deanna Rodger.

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