Black lives and black history resources

The killing of George Floyd in the United States has led to renewed debate about racism in societies across the world. 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, including classroom resources from BBC Teach and content from across the BBC. Each BBC Teach resource is accompanied by teacher notes to aid classroom use.

For teachers, you can 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.

We also have a new series of short films about being an ally to your students from black, South Asian and mixed heritage backgrounds.

You can also catch up on our panel discussion programme, Beyond Black History Month, in partnership with TES. This programme was originally broadcast live on 21 October 2020 and features ideas and best practice around teaching black and diverse histories and experiences.

Primary

Assembly frameworks

School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Rosa Parks
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Mary Seacole
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Dr Martin Luther King
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement
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History

Black British Stories
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The life of Mary Seacole
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Watch again: Literacy Live Lesson 3 for 7-11 year-olds
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The life and work of Rosa Parks
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The life and work of Harriet Tubman
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Pablo Fanque – The greatest Victorian showman
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The life and work of Florence Price
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The life and work of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
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School Radio - The memory of Dr Martin Luther King's speech
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Newsround - International Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade: What does this mean?
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Horrible Histories - Black History Month
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Horrible Histories - British Black History
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Our Black History Heroes
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News

CBeebies special for Black History Month
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Newsround special on US protests and racism (9 June 2020)
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PSHE

Newsround presenter De’Graft Mensah: How my Ghanaian heritage shaped me
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The Dengineers
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Learn at BBC Scotland: Race Matters
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Secondary

History

Subnormal - A British Scandal
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Black Power - A British Story of Resistance
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Small Axe
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Dr Martin Luther King - American Civil Rights leader
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Nelson Mandela - Freedom fighter and South Africa's first black president
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Stephen: The murder that changed a nation
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'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard
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Immigration to London from Ghana and Jamaica
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Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
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Black and British: A Forgotten History
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What made WW1 a truly global war?
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Migration
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The American Civil War
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The origins of blues and ragtime
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Bitesize - Six key events in black history you may not know about
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Alt History - Black to Life: Rethinking the Black Presence within British History
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BBC World Service - Witness Black History
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News

Bitesize - George Floyd protests: Misleading images and videos that have been shared on social media
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Newsbeat - The black British history you may not know about
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Bitesize - Not-racist v anti-racist: what’s the difference?
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PSHE

Ade Adepitan: Becoming a Paralympic champion
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Christine Ohuruogu: Becoming an Olympic champion
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Maggie Aderin-Pocock: Becoming a space scientist
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Aiyshat Akanbi: Becoming a fashion stylist
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Ronnie Ochero: Becoming a games artist
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BBC Three - Things not to say to someone with afro hair
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Learn at BBC Scotland: Race Matters
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BBC social media

Frankie Boyle's tour of Scotland - on Facebook Much of Glasgow's grandest architecture was created off the back of slavery. Frankie Boyle finds out more.

BBC Stories YouTube channel:

Alt History: Black British History We’re Not Taught in Schools - BBC Stories Writer and historian David Olusoga presents a series of short films exploring critical moments in Black British history from 1919 that have been forgotten or rarely discussed.

Alt History: A Forgotten Regiment - BBC Stories Historian Olivette Otele explores the untold story of a black regiment in the First World War.

Alt History: White-washing black soldiers from WW1- BBC Stories Emma Dabiri looks at how many black subjects who fought in World War I had their stories white-washed out of the history books.

Alt History: A British lynching - BBC Stories Artist and writer GAIKA unearths the tragic story of a British lynching that took place during the 1919 race riots.