Saluting Sister’s in October – Black History Month

October is Black History Month. This national celebration aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. Its origins go back to the 1920s.

The first three Black students at Wellington were all members of the Ethiopian royal family. The first, Prince Makonnen, the second son of Emperor Haile Selassie, entered the Talbot in January 1939 at the age of fifteen. BHM College Newletter 23 of Prince Makonnen’s story and those of his brother Prince Sahle Selassie, and his nephew, Prince Iskinder Desta.

What’s On at Wellington:

History Department Black History Month Talk
Assembly for Black History Month
Film Showing ‘Hidden Figures’
African Art Exhibition  – Throughout October

This year the Black History Month theme is ‘Saluting our Sisters’ and takes the opportunity to honour the achievements of Black women. Throughout history, women have faced a myriad challenge on their path to leadership, but it’s undeniable that for black women, the journey has been paved with additional trials born from racial prejudices.

As well as celebrating Black History Month, October is also the month where the charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ seeks to raise awareness of the issue of Racism in Sport. Wellington College is supporting this cause not only to raise awareness of this important work but also to ignite conversations for positive change within our
community and beyond.

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