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If you want to learn about early African History then I suggest you start with my series of books as they are probably the best introduction to the ancient and medieval history of Black people. This history is as important as the history of the peoples of Asia, Europe, or the Americas. Moreover, the achievements of the early people of Africa are as amazing and inspiring as the achievements of any other people. This history is much older than the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and looks at the ancient civilizations of Africa particularly those of the Nile Valley such as Nubia and Ancient Egypt. All books are fully illustrated and they each make recommendations to other books for more in depth study.
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Schools

We offer secondary schools a service where we can write your Key Stage 3 content to include Black History as dictated by the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum for the last two years has stipulated that schools should teach ‘Olaudah Equiano,’ ‘the cultures, beliefs and achievements of some of the societies prior to European colonisation, such as the West African Kingdoms,’ also ‘the study of the slave trade should include resistance.’

There is clearly a need to bring this information into the classroom. Teachers have long known that giving pupils a sense of self is a most important prerequisite for intellectual attainment. Parents have asked for this information to be brought into the classroom over many years. The government responded appropriately two years ago and modified the National Curriculum.

In our experience, most schools have not complied with the stipulations of the new National Curriculum for three main reasons:

  • Lack of expertise in writing and researching these specialist topic areas
  • Lack of confidence in delivering material that the teachers themselves are unfamiliar with
  • Teacher comfort in teaching the old America-centric Black Peoples of the Americas course, despite the fact that few pupils here are of American heritage

To meet this need, we at The Black History Man are offering four packages to secondary schools:

  • We can write a five or six session half term bespoke package for your school covering any of the three themes of Olaudah Equiano, the West African Kingdoms and Resistance to the Slave Trade.
  • We can write a full term ten or twelve session bespoke package for your school covering the three themes of Olaudah Equiano, the West African Kingdoms and Resistance to the Slave Trade.
  • We can offer a full day inset to selected staff members to increase familiarity with these topic areas.
  • We can offer either of the bespoke packages with the inset.

Detailed Content of the Bespoke Packages

We offer to write:

  • The materials used by the students in the classroom
  • The powerpoint presentations used by the teacher
  • A scheme of work

School teachers have told us that they would like packages lasting ten or twelve sessions. This represents a half term or a term’s work, depending on the school. Using the list below select 10 to 12 classes, and we can design a package for you.

PROPOSED CONTENT

If the West African Kingdoms module interests you, we recommend that you buy in the first two classes. With the other classes, feel free to pick and choose.

  • Introduction to West African Kingdoms Before The Slave Trade
  • Introduction to theSonghai Empire Before The Slave Trade
  • School and University Life inTimbuktu
  • Contributions of the early West African Kingdoms to Architecture
  • Contributions of the early West African Kingdoms to Art and Metallurgy
  • Contributions of the early West African Kingdoms to Astronomy
  • Contributions of the early West African Kingdoms to Medicine

If the Resistance to the Slave Trade module interests you, we recommend that you buy in the first class. With the other classes, feel free to pick and choose.

  • Introduction to Resistance to the Slave Trade
  • TheRepublic of Palmares in Brazil
  • The Maroons of Jamaica
  • The Haitian Revolution
  • The Bussa Revolt in Barbados
  • The Sam Sharpe Emancipation War in Jamaica

If the Olaudah Equiano module interests you, we recommend that you buy in the first class. With the other classes, feel free to pick and choose.

  • Introduction to Black London in the Eighteenth Century
  • What do we know about Olaudah Equiano?
  • Olaudah Equiano and the Struggle against Slavery

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