Gad’s Hill’s oldest Seniors spent time with a local businessperson and keen historian this week, learning more about Black History Month.

Black British Business Awards finalist Elliott Reid, who owns Revitalize Health and Fitness Clinic in Gravesend spoke to the 15-16 year olds about the importance of critical thinking and ‘breaking from assumptions’ to fully understand the impact of black history on today’s society.

Mr Reid, 29, has created an African history workshop for local schools which encourages students to investigate past events and think logically about some of the stereotypes of black people in their community and popular culture, especially social media.

A presentation provided some hard hitting facts and figures about historical events and Mr Reid reassured the cohort it was ‘ok to feel uncomfortable and question your own, and other people’s, thoughts and beliefs’ when seeking the truth.

An open and honest question and answer session saw the Y11s and staff of Gad’s Hill discuss Mr Reid’s viewpoint on the Black Lives Matter movement and his own experience of racism.

Student Sarah Din, 15, said:  “I was really moved by the talk and am pleased that such an important issue continues to be debated freely in our school.”

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