This month we’re celebrating Black History Month. As avid bookworms, it got us thinking: who was the first black person to have been published in Britain?
After some digging around, we discovered the inspiring story of Ignatius Sancho. Born into slavery, he not only became a writer but was also the first black person to vote in a British election and an influential figure in 18th century Britain.
As part of our Black History Month celebrations, we wanted to share his poignant story with you…
Our perceptions of the world and its cultures are influenced by the books we read. This makes books essential in reflecting a true society back to their readers. The absence of an inclusive range of characters and role models in books risks putting children from minority backgrounds off from the joy and love of reading.
We have a bunch of books featuring a diverse range of characters and real-life heroes that children can admire again and again. We also have some great books on how to treat everyone with kindness, no matter the race, religion, or gender. Check out our list of children’s books to educate on diversity.
Benjamin Zephaniah is a British writer from Birmingham, born to Jamaican and Barbadian parents. Zephaniah had a difficult childhood, being diagnosed with dyslexia and leaving school aged 13 unable to read and write. Despite this, he persisted to become one of the most influential living poets in the UK.