Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

 Celebrating Black History Month at Co-op Academy Walkden

We have been celebrating Black History Month at Co-op Academy Walkden this October.

Black History Month is an international celebration of  prominent figures in the BAME community and their achievements.

Black History Month – Did you know?

  • The beginnings of Black History Month go back to 1926 where Black History was celebrated for a week.
  • In 1969, the week’s celebration were expanded to a month.
  • In 1976, Black History Month was endorsed by the US government and in the United Kingdom.
  • Black History Month has been celebrated every October since 1987.

You can find out more about Black History Month here.

Take a look at some of the posters below:


Highlighting inspirational members of the BAME community

Every day, we have highlighted a significant member of the BAME community on social media.




An inspirational quote, video of their achievements and links to their bio have also been included to get people engaging in these often pioneering stories.

Posters and facts about Black History Month have also been shown on screens around the academy, raising awareness of these highly successful people.

Kitchen Take Over with Yetti’s Kitchen

On Friday 18th October 2019, we were delighted to welcome Yetti, owner of Yetti’s Kitchen, an Afro-British restaurant in Eccles.

Yetti ran a ‘Kitchen Take Over’ with a group of students, teaching them how to cook a range of African dishes. Students were guided to make barbeque chicken wings, homemade coleslaw, jollof rice and fried plantain chips.

The students worked hard throughout the morning preparing the food and learning top tips from Yetti.

At dinnertime, their food faced the ultimate taste test from 1,000 hungry mouths! Crowds of students tried the dishes with loud “yums” of approval.


Still I Rise Exhibition

As well as the food being served in the Atrium on Friday, there was also an interesting display of photographs. The display was  from the ‘Still I Rise’ exhibition. This is an exhibition that is currently displayed at the Lowry in Salford but we were pleased to have some of the photos on loan to the Academy.


The exhibition celebrates BAME culture in Salford. The exhibition celebrates prominent people in the BAME community who work in the public and voluntary sectors in Salford

Want to find out more? Go to the ‘Still I rise’ website.

Over the next year, the people behind the photos will also be coming into the Academy to share their stories with the students.

Find out more on Social Media

Want to know more about Black History Month or catch up on the social media posts?

Search for and follow these hashtags on twitter: