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Black British history comes to life 17.11.11

A new exhibition is showing off the best artwork and creative writing by students from Sutton's secondary schools.

Brooke Sara Clarke with her winning poster

All entries from a competition exploring the 'Black British history makers of today' will be on display on Level 2 in Sutton Central Library until 30 November.

Athlete Darren Campbell inspired the winner of 11-13 category Brooke Sara Clarke, 12, and 14-16 winner Jehan Al-Safar, 14, focused on Naomi Campbell. Both are pupils of Carshalton High School for Girls. Ayobami Akin Agunbiade, 13, of Wilson's School, was commended for his research an insight into the issue of race in the media during August's riots.

Winners were announced by Mayor Gerry Jerome at the finale of Black History Month 2011, which also saw food tasting, live music and African drumming and dancing. The prizes include a trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said: "This year's Black History Month has been even bigger and better than last year's and people of all communities have taken part. Events throughout the month have explored African Caribbean culture in a whole host of interesting new ways, and it's particularly good to see Sutton's young people getting involved and celebrating our diverse society."

Winner Brooke Sara Clarke said: 'I choose Darren Campbell because he has done a lot of work in the local area working with young children encouraging them to pursue their dreams and ambitions. I thought this was a great way that he gave back to our local community.'

Sylvia Lambe, one of the organisers of BHM Sutton, said: "This was our first initiative to directly involve the schools in Sutton and the response is a very clear indication that local students are keen to take part in recognising the varied contributions of the Black community in the UK. The high standard of work reflects the recent headlines of Sutton having the brainiest teenagers in the country!'

For more information, visit www.sutton.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth, Facebook/BHMsutton or follow @BHMsutton on twitter, email bhmsutton@live.co.uk, or call 020 8770 6199      .

Last updated: Monday, 19 December 2011

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