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Black History Month

Drop down day lesson 4
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Laurie Johnston

on 19 October 2012

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Transcript of Black History Month

Benjamin Zephaniah was born 15 April 1958 in Birmingham, England. He is a writer and poet. Which group has the Xfactor? Class Discussion What is the meaning of the song?

Why do you think these musicians are expressing this view?

How could the meaning of the song affect people’s behaviour?

Do you think it is effective to use a song to express this meaning? Why? The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip hop group from Los Angeles Watch this video clip This morning you looked at the
countries you have links with
e.g. where you, your parents / carers, grandparents have links with.
How many different country links did the form have?

Read the poem “The British” by Benjamin Zephaniah in your booklet Starter: onth eritage rilliant October is BHM !
We are going to celebrate the Ethnic Diversity of the United Kingdom Black History Month Work in small groups
Write your own poem or song to celebrate diversity
Be prepared to share your work with the class Class Discussion What is the meaning of the poem?

Why do you think the poet is expressing this view?

How could the meaning of the poem affect people’s behaviour?

Do you think it is effective to use
a poem to express this meaning?
Why? The British
(serves 60 million)
Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans, Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese, Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat. Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot.

Leave the ingredients to simmer.

As they mix and blend allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English.

Allow time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy.

Note: All the ingredients are equally important. Treating one ingredient better than another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all.
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