Celebrating Black History Month

Friday 11 November 2022

There were many fabulous entries to our Black History Month competition in October and we would like to thank everyone who took part.

The winner was Kaylah Bianchi (Year 9), who took inspiration from the life and work of Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American woman to graduate from medical school in the USA and become a doctor.  Not only this, but Crumpler is a published author who spent her life battling the prejudice which she encountered in society.  Kaylah shared more about this on our daily broadcast, Good Morning Emmanuel.  “I read a book about influential Black women, and Crumpler was the one who really stood out,” recalls Kaylah.  “She is a prime example of kindness and empathy, as she often treated patients for little or no pay.”

“I think that it’s very important to highlight the impact of black people in society,” said Kaylah.  “The influence of many such as Rosa Parks, Rebecca Lee Crumpler and Nelson Mandela (to name a few) has helped us to achieve the more democratic and equal society we live in today.”

Kaylah’s entry was declared the winner by a team of ten sixth-form judges and her work is displayed in the library for students and staff to view.  She received a Waterstones voucher and a book.

“I was very excited when I found out I’d won the competition as it gave me the ability to share what Crumpler had achieved and give her a tiny proportion of the credit she deserved.”