Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month takes place every October. Use this activity with secondary school students to discover some exceptional Black British humanitarians.  

WEB - Black History is British History
Age:
11-18
Type:
Quick activity
Subjects:
Citizenship
Topics:
Humanitarianism and the Red Cross, Kindness

Celebrating the achievements of people is important. Throughout our 150-year history, we have had countless kind and resilient volunteers work with us at the British Red Cross. These people are recognised for their kindness. We celebrate Black History Month by highlighting and recognising the contributions of some Black British Humanitarians.

Use the activities below to discover some exceptional British Red Cross volunteers and people who have helped others and the world with their kind acts and voluntary service.

Learning objectives   

Learners will:

  • discover the work of Black humanitarians on British society
  • reflect on our  assumptions about people and challenge stereotypes
  • think about the resilience and kindness of people
  • celebrate people's stories and achievements and reflect on the qualities of a humanitarian.

Resource overview 

1. Starter activity: What does a humanitarian look like? 
Encourage young people to explore what a 'humanitarian' means to them  draw out the idea of 'humanity' and being 'kind' and 'resilient'. Discuss the concept of 'unconscious bias' and how it impacts people.

2. Discussion activity: Humanitarian stories
Introduce learners to the life and work of some of the humanitarians of the Red Cross. This could be group work or completed as a whole class. Consider the following questions:  

  • What makes these people humanitarians? 
  • What kind acts did they do? 
  • What makes them resilient? 

3. Extension activity: Humanitarians now

Encourage learners to research current people they consider to be humanitarians or that they admire for their good work. 
Ask students why they chose these people, what makes them a humanitarian.

Reflect together on the importance of celebrating Black history and Black humanitarians.