Educating October: Bright Artists Honour Black History Month in Pictures . . .

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We commemorate and remember Black History this month, which has been marked every October in the UK for 30 years. It’s unbelievable to think that apartheid didn’t end in South Africa until 1991 — and there is still much work to do in terms of educating generations on why no one should ever be treated differently because of the colour of their skin. With this in mind, it’s very important that children’s illustration shows diversity and represents children everywhere.

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Alleanna Harris is an illustrator from New Jersey and is newly signed to Bright. Her artwork is very filmic in it’s style, with a striking colour palette, and stunning use of light which really draws you in. Alleanna uses the hashtag #DrawingWhileBlack — which is used by a whole community of artists who are working together to overcome misrepresentation: @theblackartists

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Marvin Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including, “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”


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A young Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone, began playing piano at the age of three.

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Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. 

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Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.


We also wanted to share this video from CBeebies – @CBeebiesHQ