Staff at Southend Council and Students from St Mary's enjoy day celebrating Black History month, organised by Show Racism the Red Card
No matter about the race Or the same face The colour or the skin Because together we will win
Cherise - Student at St Mary's C of E School, Southend
Show Racism the Red Card debuted in Southend’s Civic Centre on the 16/10/14 to celebrate Black History month.
The event was organised by Show Racism the Red Card and Colin Gordon and the BME group at Southend Council, supported by Lisa Holloway and Southend Healthy Schools.
We also invited pupils from St Mary’s School to enjoy the fun. Southend based Dawnette Fessey sang a selection of soul and gospel classics while food from different cultures was served to the students and the guests. After enjoying the music and food, the students watched a short clip from a Show Racism the Red Card film, and then had an inspirational workshop delivered by Osei Sankofa, education worker for the Southern Office.
The day was then finished off by the children singing a rendition of ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley, lead by Dawnette. Local community media magazine ‘My Town Southend’ were on hand to film the day and you can see a clip of the event here.
It was a great day with children and dignitaries alike commenting afterwards that it was one of the best ever events held at the Civic centre.
Feedback from Students at St Mary’s included:
‘Thank you for your invitation to the Show Racism the Red Card event. We felt privileged to be present and have really benefitted from the experience’. – Mr John Harverson, teacher.
‘I was impressed with Osei’s workshop’ – Ben.
‘I enjoyed the singing and went away with Bob Marley’s song ringing in my ears’ – Taibah.
‘The food was sensational’ – Tommy.
‘I thought it was good to talk about racism’ – Laila.
‘Having singing while we were served food made me feel special’ – Trisha.
‘My favourite part was the discussion because it made me think that racism is something very bad’ – Louise.
‘The music was very entertaining. I really liked singing the song together at the end’ – Seb.
‘I liked asking the questions. I felt safe in the presence of experts who knew what they were talking about’ – Darsey.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed talking about racism and learning how it can affect people because in different ways’ – Mitchell.
Cherise even wrote a poem about the day:
No matter about the race
Or the same face
The colour or the skin
Because together we will win.