The Other Side of History

This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete. 

Watch The Video…

History is made up of stories, but only some of them get told…

Choose some activities

Activity #1: Research the Indigenous People who lived where you do now.

Use these maps to figure out which indigenous people group(s) lived where you do now.


3 things you learned

Things to know:

  • One stereotype about indigenous people is that they are dark skinned or at least non-European, but almost everywhere has indigenous people. There were people in what’s now Britain before the Romans, the Celts, the Angles and the Saxons, though not much of their DNA remains in the population.
  • Common stereotypes about Indigenous people can be positive or negative ( grounded, in touch with the earth, not very smart, savage, warlike etc)
  • People are more complex


why are Indigenous people more warlike than the people who stole their land?

    Activity #2: Central Park

    Central Park is well known as a tourist attraction in New York City. It’s one of the biggest urban parks in the world with 843 acres of land. BUT, do you know its history?

    • There was an existing village called Seneca Village
    • The land was seized by government to create the park 
    • The residents were ⅔ Black, ⅓ Irish
    • Many were landowners but they were described as squatters
    • They didn’t receive adequate compensation
    • A safe haven for Black people was destroyed
    • The history was wiped out
    • The community was destroyed forever

    Learn more: Before Central Park there was Seneca Village


    New York destroyed a village full of African-American landowners to create Central Park


    How does learning this make you feel about that story?

    Activity #3: Black Wall street

    Activity 3: Black Wall Street

    Wall Street is well known as a major financial center, but did you know there once was an area called Black Wall Street? 

    Black Wall Street was:

    • A relatively prosperous Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • Created by a Black landowner who sold to other Black people to create a safe space after the American Civil War
    • It had an upper-class lifestyle and education that had previously only belonged to the city’s white residents
    • there was resentment
    • A false accusation of a crime (rape) led to race riots
    • 9,000 people lost their homes, and they never got adequate compensation
    • It was seen as a way to put Black people back in their place.


    The history of Tulsa’s ‘Black Wall Street’ massacre.


    How does learning this make you feel about that story?


    Imagine you are a Black American child who has lost your home because of the building of Central Park or the destruction of Black Wall Street –  write 250 words about how you feel.


    Excerpt from 6 Reasons to Raise your BIPOC KIds in a black majority country