Black Lives Matter: resources for young people

Help young people to reflect on the Black Lives Matter movement with a focus on how people might experience racism and how it might feel.

Group hold placards during a demonstration. Thousands of people gathered outside the Parliament Square in London to protest against the killing of George Floyd
Age:
11-18
Type:
Quick activities
Subjects:
PSHE, Tutor time
Topics:
Kindness, Newsthink

On 25 May 2020, George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, USA, after being detained on suspicion of using false money. His death sparked mass activism across the world, including the UK, in support of anti-racism.  

These activities help young people to understand and discuss the current situation. Learners will reflect and listen to other’s experience as they explore the people behind the news.   

Learning objectives  

Learners will:  

  • be informed of the current anti-racism movement
  • focus on how people might experience racism and how it might feel 
  • listen to other’s experiences 
  • begin to plan how we can learn more about these issues.

Resource overview  

1. Definitions: matching activity  

Helpful definitions to build understanding of the words used in the media. Learners can match the term with the description.  

2. Behind the words: discussion activity  

Learners will consider the meaning behind a series of powerful statements, such as “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter”.  

3. Activism and resilience: reflection activity  

Through reading about Black history, learners will consider if they agree or disagree with a series of statements and discuss why.  

4. Black voices: listening activity  

Learners consider other’s experiences by listening to audio and stories from Clara Amfo and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. How do they feel? Have learners ever felt this way?  

5. How can we do better: reflection activity  

Learners can use practical activities to learn more about Black history and listen to Black voices.  

Credits

This resource was created in June 2020 by the British Red Cross. 
Image of protesters © Angeles Rodenas for Getty Images.