a hundred children and parents turned up at Verdon Recreation Centre
for a celebration of the work of black and mixed race children with
the Sheffield Multiple Heritage Service.
ground-breaking stuff” said David Bussue, Head of Sheffield’s
Family Support Service, who introduced the event with pride. Pitsmoor
has seen events before which celebrate different communities, but
rarely has an event celebrated the rich heritage of our many mixed-race
children, now one of the biggest groups of ethnic minority children
in the City.
Miller, Sam Brand and Ruth McDonald, introduced the children and
young people they had worked with from Parkwood and Firth Park schools.
Certificates were awarded by boxing promoter Brendon Ingle, who
spoke out against racism. Many of the children’s poems also
reflected on the racism they had experienced, such as the one below.
mean peace only
’Cos I am black,
Don’t try and hold me back.
For hundreds of years I’ve been judged by my skin,
You never take time to look within
You treat me like rubbish and chuck me in the bin
Why do I deserve this because of my skin?
Leave me, don’t tease me
Try and be me for one day and you will feel my pain
Hope you will think before you call me a name