FILMS CREATED by students at Milton Keynes College has been featured as the centrepiece of a website for use in schools during Black History Month.
The films, includes six of the first professionals to arrive in Milton Keynes. The professionals featured were Professor Lynch, a gynaecologist and inventor, Albert Bernard, a former policeman, Yaw Asiyama, a creative, Michael Burke, a businessman and contractor, Gladstone Mckenzie, a councillor and Lena Barnes, a dance teacher.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the films were premiered last year as part of Black History Month activities in Milton Keynes and featured on BBC Look East morning and evening news.
The website which hosts the films also features key individuals from Milton Keynes, the UK and around the world who have made and continue to make positive contributions to the lives of other people.
The individuals featured include community leaders, politicians, African royalty, inventors and the Queen’s Chaplain.
The website which has been funded by Milton Keynes Council will be distributed to all the schools in Milton Keynes with the hope that schools see the value of the stories and share the films with their students. It is anticipated that they can be used as a point of discussion and learning in schools.
“The objective of the website is to provide an opportunity to children and young people to become more aware of the positive contributions of people of black heritage which are not as featured in history or the mainstream medium,” their statement reads.
“This would allow young people to develop more of a sense of respect and equality which would contribute positively to community cohesion and racial respect.”
The website has been produced by Local Media Initiatives CIC, a media production and training organisation in Milton Keynes focused on using media to tell stories that empower people and communities.
The address of the website is www.bhmmk.co.uk