NewVIc students inspired by Black History Month

Black History Month

Newham Sixth Form College has been celebrating Black History Month throughout October through its social media and two events. Students and staff worked side by side to make the events entertaining and an educational success.

The first event was ‘music and the civil rights era’ which focused on the link between music and black identity. Lecturer of History and Government & Politics, Robert Behan took students on a nostalgic journey from gospel to hip-hop which explored the connection between the impact of racism and uprising of the civil rights movement.

The final event, ‘Be Inspired’, was hosted by NewVIc’s Learning Support Practitioner Asher Hoyles. Asher is an established author and performance poet who has also performed with Clean Break Theatre company, at Glastonbury and lots of other events, Asher performed a spoken word piece that drew on the experiences of the generation of West Indians that arrived in the UK, their struggles, their legacy and contributions to society.

Former student, Lauren Kaur, performed along with staff and current students whose performances consisting of dance, poetry, word pieces all with the underlying theme of being proud of who they are and where they are from.

Shah Rahman, Events Officer, said: ‘It was a great month to really listen and learn about each other’s cultures, this event would not be possible without the incredibly talented students and staff, who all took time out to make Black History Month spectacular’

An array of food from around the world was available throughout the event, courtesy of NewVIc College. The evening ended with attendees and performers dancing and drumming together.


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