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(Students activity sheet) Date :

GETTING TO KNOW BLACK HISTORY


Myths and Heroes

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ACTIVITY 1 :
Look at the pictures. Then match each name with the reason for
his/her fame.
Rosa Parks was the first Black President of South Africa.
Mahatma Gandhi was a prominent leader of the civil rights movement in
America.
Martin Luther King was a Muslim minister and a human rights activist who
embodied Black
Power in America.
Desmond Tutu was an African-American civil rights activist known
as the mother of the freedom
movement.
Mamphela Ramphele is seen as a non-violent hero who inspired movements
for non-violence, civil
rights and freedom across the world.
Nelson Mandela Known as an anti-apartheid martyr in South Africa in
the 1960s and
1970s, he founded the Black
Consciousness Movement (BCM).
Billie Holiday is an Anglican bishop who became famous during the
1980s as
an opponent of apartheid.
Malcolm X was an American jazz singer famous for her protest
songs
against segregation in the 1940s.
Steve Biko was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness

Movement and an anti-apartheid activist.


ACTIVITY 2 :
What do all these people have in common? For each statement tick the
corresponding people.
a- Their ancestors were African.
b- Their fathers were born in Africa.
c- They have fought for a better human condition.
d- They were jailed several times.
e- They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
f- They are remembered every year on a specific day in their countries of birth.
g- They became international icons of resistance to racial segregation.
h- They were religious men.
i- They were greatly inspired by Gandhis non-violent civil disobedience.
j- They have campaigned to fight AIDS and poverty in their countries.
k- He was a Muslim.
l- They were shot dead.
Nelson
Mandela
Martin
Luther
King
Malcolm
X
Desmo
nd
Tutu
Steve
Biko
Rosa
Parks
Billie
Holida
y
Mamph
ela
Ramphe
le
Mahatm
a
Gandhi
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
l

ACTIVITY 3 :
Use what youve just learned about these great people. Tick the emblematic figure
each statement best applies to .
Nelso
n
Mande
la
Desmo
nd
Tutu
Martin
Luther
King
Malcolm
X
a- He was a man of church like his father.
b- His father was chief of a small African
village.

c- As a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, he
taught black supremacy and advocated
separation of black and white Americans.
d- He organized protests and mobilized his
people in a pacific manner.
e- He spent 27 years in prison as an enemy of
the state on Robben Island.
f- He was a civil rights lawyer.
g- He is one of the worlds greatest and most
admired political leaders.
h- After the fall of apartheid, he was appointed
head of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission.