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What does black history mean to our schoolchildren?

EACH ONE TEACH ONE: The Voice was overwhelmed with the responses to our Black History Month event

ROSA PARKS’ defiance, Marcus Garvey’s leadership and Nelson Mandela’s bravery are just some of the qualities to receive recognition in The Voice newspaper’s Made By History competition.

Launched in October, Made By History was a month-long competition open to 9 to 12-year-old’s asking them to share in an essay what black history means to them.

The paper was inundated with responses from schools in north, east, south and west London - and as far afield as Birmingham – from a diverse cross-section of students.

In order to acknowledge and encourage all the students who have participated, a presentation morning will take place at the Imperial War Museum on November 30.

All schoolchildren will receive a certificate of participation and a goody bag, while the winners, decided by an independent panel at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), will be announced.

The winning entrant will also be asked to read their submission to the audience – made up of over 100 of their peers - at the iconic venue.

VENUE: The presentation morning will take place at the Imperial War Museum on November 30

The Voice really wanted to do something to engage with our younger readers and ensure that we celebrated Black History Month with something meaningful for our children,” The Voice director Paulette Simpson said. “There is so much talent in our community and this was a brilliant way to motivate and encourage them.”

Schools that took part include St Maragaret Clitherow in Wembley, Montbelle Primary School in Sidcup, Hollydale Primary School in Nunhead, Claremont Primary School in Cricklewood, Edmonton County school, Deptford Green School, Uxendon Manor Primary School in Harrow and Holyhead Primary School in Birmingham.

The paper also received a number of submissions from the Africa Youth Education Programme, a Saturday school in Walthamstow, east London, and from Voice readers who submitted on behalf of their children.

Simpson added: “We have had an overwhelming response to this inaugural competition and very much look forward to revisiting it in 2016. We would like to thank all the teachers and school who embraced this challenge with such enthusiasm and have motivated us to bring it back next year.”

The event will be covered in next week’s edition of The Voice.

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