Black Lives Matter at Deptford Green School

Dear Students

Discussing racism might make you feel uncomfortable, it may also be upsetting for some of you. But it is a topic that is greatly important to discuss, reflect upon and take in.


Racism has been a part of our history for years. Racism is still happening today and recent events have shown us just how important it is for everyone to speak up and ensure it does not continue in the world we know.


We are incredibly lucky in our school community that racism and racist incidents are extremely rare, even so If you feel that racism is miles away then you are wrong. I personally have witnessed racist incidents while in my local community and I am sure many of you have too. I am also sure that some of you have even been the victim of racism.


Seeing and hearing what is happening on the news has been upsetting for all of us, staff, students, parents, the whole school community has been affected in some form.


We are all trying to make sense of what has happened and while putting these resources together. I too have been trying to make sense of what is happening in today's world. I do not claim to be an expert on these issues, but I hope that the information and resources allow you to try and make some sense of what is happening but most importantly why it is happening.

We are all here to support you so if you are affected by any of this then please reach out to your parents, teachers, Head of Year, or whoever you feel comfortable talking to.

Ms Pritchard

 

#BLM Lewisham Mayor Statement

#BLM Questionnaire

Virtual Assembly

 

Additional Resources

To read:

 

To listen:

 

To watch:

Netflix Films (Please get permission from your parents first.

  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • 13th
  • Brian Banks
  • Self Made - millionaire: Madame C J Walker ( short series)
  • When They See Us ( short series) This maybe too much for younger students, but main characters are 5 young black teenagers
  • Who killed Malcolm X? ( short series) KS4 ONLY
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Films/Programs not on Netflix

  • Just Mercy
  • Blue Story
  • Harriet
  • The Hate You Give
  • Hidden Figures
  • Noughts + Crosses BBC series

Documentary

  • The colour of fear - Lee Mun Wah

 

Adult non-fiction:

 

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (Journal Article)
  • Lots more Whiteness resources and links (including TED talks etc)
  •  Black, Listed by Jeffrey Boakye
  • Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
  • The life and times of a very British Man by Kamal Ahmed
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Superior by Angela Saini
  • Black skin, white masks by Franz Fanon
  • Natives by Akala
  • Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Read an extract in the Guardian here)
  • Me and white supremacy by Layla F Saad
  • Freedom is a constant struggle by Angela Davis
  • Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Back to Black by Andrew Kehinde

 

Accessible non-fiction:

  • Teen Vogue racism articles
  • Black and British: a forgotten history by David Olusoga
  • Natives by Akala
  • The good immigrant: 21 writers explore what it means to be black, Asian and minority ethnic in Britain today edited by Nikesh Shukla
  • What is Race? by Claire Heuchan and Nikesh Shukla
  • Black History Matters by Robin Walker
  • Unheard Voices edited by Malorie Blackman
  • Stephen Lawrence website
  • The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Born a crime by Trevor Noah

 

Fiction which shines a light:

  • Nought and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, including Callum and Crossfire
  • The Hate You Give and On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Reid
  • The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

 

Films / documentaries to watch

 

  • INJUSTICE – Directed by Ken Faro and Tariq Mehmood (2002)
  • The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (Youtube)
  • Stephen Lawrence: The murder that changed a nation (BBC documentary)
  • James Corden: It’s time for change in the US (Youtube)
  • Get Out (Film)
  • 13th (Netflix)
  • The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Flint Town (Netflix)
  • Time: Khalif Browder story (Netflix)
  • Hidden Figures (Film)
  • Whose Streets? (Hulu)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Prime)
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Amazon Prime)
  • LA 92 (Netflix)
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)
  • Strong Island (Netflix)
  • The Loving Story (Tubi)
  • Teach Us All (Netflix)
  • The Hate U Give (Amazon Prime)
  • Mudbound (Netflix)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
  • Becoming (Netflix)
  • Homecoming (Netflix)
  • Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)
  • Moonlight (Netflix)
  • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (Amazon Prime)
  • The Black Godfather (Netflix)
  • Back in Time for Brixton (Two part summary of race relations in UK since WW2 on Facebook)
  • Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes (Anti-racism Exercise on The Oprah Winfrey Show)

 

Organisations you could follow

  • The Black Curriculum – a social enterprise founded in 2019 to address the lack of black British history in the UK school curriculum
  • The 4Front Project – established in 2012 to provide a platform for young people who’ve been impacted by violence to create change.
  • Poetic Unity – a Brixton based charity whose vision is to give young people a voice and empower them to reach their highest potential by using poetry as a tool to support young people in creating positive change in their lives and society
  • Black Cultural Archives – the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.
  • Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – an organisation who work with young people from disadvantaged areas aged 13-30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice. They also influence others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish
  • The Goodwin Lawson Foundation – a registered charity commemorating the life of Godwin Lawson, set up to advance the education of young people so that they can develop their capabilities as members of a tolerant society
  • The Amos Bursary – a bursary that exists to ensure talented men of Afro-Caribbean descent have the opportunity to excel in education and beyond
  • 56 Black Men – an organisation that aims to dramatically reduce the negative portrayal of black men throughout various forms of mainstream media. They look to challenge the lazy and dangerous stereotype of ‘the black man’ and the negative connotations and stigma attached to the cliché image of a black man wearing a hoodie.