Black History Month - Teacher Resources
Black History Month takes place every October. You can use this collection of resources to explore black history, heritage, culture and achievements with your class.
Below you'll find content suitable for use with both primary and secondary school pupils. Each resource is accompanied by teacher notes to aid classroom use.
You can also read this article by Josiah Isles, an assistant headteacher who has written about his experiences within the education system as a black teacher in the UK.
The life and work of Rosa Parks
This short film explains how Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a bus changed the rules of American society.
The life and work of Harriet Tubman
In this short drama Harriet Tubman explains how she escaped slavery and then helped others to do so.
The life of Mary Seacole
The life of Victorian nurse Mary Seacole is told in three short video episodes aimed at 7-11 year-olds.
School Radio - The memory of Dr Martin Luther King's speech
In this short audio clip where here from a woman who remembers, as a girl, being taken by her father to hear Dr Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech.
School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Dr Martin Luther King
A framework for delivering an assembly based around Dr Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream...' speech.
School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Mary Seacole
A framework for delivering an assembly about the life and work of Mary Seacole.
Immigration to London from Ghana and Jamaica
Teenager Elliott talks to his grandfather about his first impressions of London as an immigrant from Ghana and his grandmother about the racism they experienced because of their mixed race marriage.
Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
In this series of short documentary-style films, historian David Olusoga explores new historical evidence of slavery in 1830s Britain.
Nelson Mandela - Freedom fighter and South Africa's first black president
Sir Trevor McDonald reports on Nelson Mandela, who went from freedom fighter to become South Africa's first black president.
Dr Martin Luther King - American Civil Rights leader
Sanjeev Bhaskar finds out how Dr Martin Luther King advanced the Civil Rights movement in America through non-violent resistance.
The American Civil War
Andrew Marr analyses 1860s America and the American Civil War, explaining how the conflict, and Abraham Lincoln, changed American history forever.
The origins of blues and ragtime
Howard Goodall explores the origins of blues music and ragtime and looks at how the invention of recorded music popularised folk and spiritual African American music.
What made WW1 a truly global war?
David Olusoga explores stories of colonial troops serving in World War One in these short films for secondary schools.
Across the BBC
Dads and daughters discuss history and identity
On this CBeebies page, younger pupils can watch dads and daughters discussing everything from Rosa Parks to the Jamaican football team.
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.
Newsround special on US protests and racism (9 June 2020)
De'Graft Mensah presents a Newsround special all about fairness, protest and people coming together to reject racism.
BBC Radio 1xtra celebrates Black History Month
Celebrating African and Caribbean heritage, watch and listen to documentaries and interviews with Jazzie B, Alexandra Burke and Labrinth.