- Category: Black British History
A new campaign is calling on the community to sign a petition opposing the government's proposals to remove Mary Seacole from the National Curriculum. Campaigners are opposed to the government's moves and wish to see Mary Seacole retained so that current and future generations can appreciate this important historical person.
Patrick Vernon said: “After launching the successful website and campaign of the 100 Great Black Britons, where Marcy Seacole was voted the Greatest Black Briton by the public, Michael Grove, Secretary State for Education now wants to remove her from the National Curriculum along with Olaudah Equiano. Please support the petition and stop the Government denying the real history of Britain for future generations of children and young people.”
A number of organisations have come forward to support the petition. Operation Black Vote’s (OBV) director Simon Woolley commented: “As you will know, petitions are only note worthy when you respond; when we tell our Government that we care about Mary Seacole and we care about having diversity in our children’s education.”
BBC London 9.49fm Dotun Adebayo on Sunday - Discussing Mary Seacole campaign, skin bleaching and Django Unchained click here
Read the open letter to Michael Gove click here
To sign the petition click here