Celebrating historical heroes for Black History Month

As part of Sydenham High’s celebration of Black History Month, the History department invited students from year 7 up to year 13 to carry out some research on an individual who they believe has been a significant and influential contributor to their society past and present.

Many students took up the opportunity to carry out this research and have written about some fascinating and often little known figures who have contributed greatly to our history and culture, ranging from the Olympic athlete Jesse Owens (Amelia English, year 10) to the NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (Morgan Lee, year 9).  Students’ work has been placed on display in the library for all to see under the title ‘Historical Heroes’.

In addition, the film society put on a showing of the acclaimed film ‘Hidden Figures’ which tells the story of Katharine Johnson and two other brilliant African-American women at NASA – Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – who were the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into space, an event which proved to be the turning point in the US Space Race.

Meanwhile the school catering department served up a range of delicious West Indian dishes as special lunch menu options in the run up to half term.

Black History Month takes place every October and is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate significant individuals from Black History and their contribution to society.  It has been celebrated in the US since 1926 and is now in its 30th year in the UK.