As part of Black History Month, The Felsted Equality and Diversity Committee would like to invite Felsted students to produce an individual response to one of the black British figures listed below, each of whom has made a significant contribution to British society either in the past or the present.
The deadline for entries is Monday 2nd November. All entries should be e-mailed or shared with firstname.lastname@example.org, Chair of The Felsted Equality and Diversity Committee.
There will be prizes for the best entry in each category and there will also be an overall winner; and an award for the House that makes the best collective contribution to the competition.
Olaudah Equiano - a former slave whose writings did much to promote the cause of abolition in late 18th century Britain.
Mary Seacole - born and raised in Jamaica, Mary came over to England in 1854. She asked the War Office if she could go to help wounded soldiers who were fighting in the Crimean War but she wasn't allowed. So she raised the money herself and travelled to the Crimea. Here, she looked after British soldiers who had been injured.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor - an English composer and conductor. His best known piece is Song of Hiawatha.
Walter Tull - a former professional footballer who fought in World War One. He was killed in action in 1918.
Learie Constantine - a leading West Indian cricketer and an early campaigner against racism in the UK. He was awarded a life peerage in 1969 and became the first black man to sit in the House of Lords.
Cyrille Regis - a pioneering black British footballer who played for a number of leading clubs in the 1970s and 1980s. He also played for England five times.
Stephen Lawrence - a black British teenager who was killed in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in April 1993.
David Oyelowo - a leading actor whose high-profile roles in Hollywood films have included playing Martin Luther King.
Malorie Blackman - the children’s laureate between 2013 and 2015. Her critically and popularly acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series uses the setting of a fictional dystopia to explore racism.
Charlene White - a journalist and newsreader.
Michael Kiwanuka - a singer-songwriter who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2020.
Beverley Knight - a leading British soul singer. She has also appeared in musicals and worked as a TV presenter.
Alex Scott - a former England footballer who now works as a TV pundit. In 2019, she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.
Zadie Smith - a leading novelist whose debut novel, White Teeth, became a bestseller.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock - a space scientist and science educator. She is an Honorary Research Associate in University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since February 2014, she has co-presented the long-running astronomy programme, The Sky at Night.
David Olusoga - a leading historian who is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester.
Alternatively, you can select a black British figure who is not on this list if you prefer. Once you have decided on a figure that interests you, we would like you to research their lives and respond in one of the following ways:
A short 4- 500 word piece of writing summing up the significance of the individual and why they deserve to be recognised and/or remembered.
A short video no longer than 7 minutes summing up the significance of the individual and why they deserve to be recognised and/or remembered.
A poem summing up the significance of the individual and why they deserve to be recognised and/or remembered.
A piece of music summing up the significance of the individual and why they deserve to be recognised and/or remembered.
A piece of artwork summing up the significance of the individual and why they deserve to be recognised and/ or remembered.
Many thanks for your support of Black History Month!