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Black History Month Poem

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Rachel Ackah in year 8 has won the Unison West Midlands Poem Competition for Black history month. Rachel was presented with an award.

What Black History Month Means to Me – By Rachel Ackah

Black is my half
Asian is my other
Black from my dad
Asian from my mother
Everyone, publicly can see
That brown is key
From inside of me
All of the hardships my black half has faced
Running away from home
Almost like a disgrace
Born after the second world war
An ancient artefact
With stories to share
Forever loved
Forever there
I gotta shout it out
Imma special in my own way
All the pain the Asian in my right had to go through
Kidnapped and thrown about
Near death, twice,
Reality is firm,
After all mistakes, you learn
For years and years they had to move on
Bullying, assault, illness and disease
Bereavement, new life, betrayals and miracles
And one of those miracles is me!
Because black is my half
Asian is my other
Black from my dad
Asian from my mother

 

Rachel Ackah commented:

“Of course I felt happy that I won, but this was not only because I was proud of what I wrote but because of what my parents shared with me about their experiences of their lives. My parents have a special role in my life and if it wasn’t for them I would not be the person that I am. Of course everyone can say this about their parents but their stories have had a great impact on me, especially the challenges they faced. And if it wasn’t for God, who has helped them through their challenges in life, they could be somewhere else, doing something else instead of being there for me”.

 

“When we worked on the competition in classes we had several excellent entries. However, from the moment we read Rachel’s heartfelt and powerful poem we all felt as a community that it was incredibly special and we are all very proud of her at S. Peter’s”
– Julie Priestley and the English Department.

 

Year 8 Pupil wins top prize


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