Singh: Self-Reflection on Black History

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Black History Month 2020: Decolonising the Curriculum?

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Self-reflection on Black HistoryDuring Black History Month 2020, the Equity, Diversity and Decolonisation group at CAWR organised an online conference/workshop/discussion with the aims:

  • To celebrate black history month within CAWR
  • To learn from decolonising and antiracism work within Coventry University
  • To start a conversation on decolonising the curriculum, teaching and learning within CAWR
  • To create an action plan for decolonising the curriculum, teaching and learning within CAWR

The Morning Panel focused on decolonising and antiracism perspectives in Coventry University – and encouraged us to think about how Decolonising the curriculum is rooted in action for transforming society that is personal and political.

Here’s Gurnam Singh: Self-reflection on Black history and how it informs decolonisation thinking today:

Gurnam’s presentation reflected on an autoethnographic paper he wrote. Gurnam weaved his personal reflection of migration as child from the Punjab and the experience of racist violence here experienced in Bradford, and married that experience to Fanon’s work on colonial violence. Gurnam discussed the ways in which Black communities have resisted racism in the UK.

Community Conversations present Marcia Lewinson

What is Black History Month and why is it important? The BBC writes:

“..Why is Black History Month important?

Black history month was first launched in London in the 1980s, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools. Black people have been in Britain for a lot longer than previously thought – One of the oldest skeletons ever found was that of the Cheddar Man who had dark skin.

Archaeologists, the people who study human history through digging up sites looking at bones and ancient objects, think that he was alive during the stone age…”.