Payback for Slavery

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 August 2019 > In the News

Students at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, have voted to pay reparations to the descendants of 272 slaves sold by the Jesuit university in 1838. A long-running campaign by students has identified descendants of the 272, who were sold to plantations in Louisiana. A student referendum voted for each student to pay a small amount … Continue reading “Payback for Slavery”

Happy July Fourth!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 July 2017 > Celebrate

On July 4th, the U.S.A. celebrates its independence. And where better to do that than in Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell, and where the Declaration of Independence was written? The Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, renamed Independence Hall, truly deserves the title “birthplace of the nation”. It was here on July 4, 1776 that … Continue reading “Happy July Fourth!”

Jamaican Rebel Music

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 26 April 2017 > What's On

Jamaica is famous for reggae, and in particular Bob Marley. But Jamaican music has a long and complex history, and is much more influential than seems credible for a nation with a population of less than 3 million. In music, as in athletics, Jamaica punches well above its weight. An exhibition at the Philharmonie demonstrates … Continue reading “Jamaican Rebel Music”

The Sound of Jamaica

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 26 April 2017 > Ready to Use

In this B1 article your students will learn about Jamaica, its history and its music as a new exhibition opens at the Philharmonie in Paris: Jamaica! Jamaica! Most students will have heard of Reggae and Bob Marley, and they may have studied the Triangle Trade in History. In any case, this is a good opportunity … Continue reading “The Sound of Jamaica”

February is Black History Month

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 16 February 2017 > Celebrate

It’s changed names and format several times since 1924, but February is the month when schools, cultural institutions and the general public celebrate the African-Americans whose stories have often been left out of official history books. The celebration of black history is credited to Dr Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian with a doctorate from … Continue reading “February is Black History Month”

Women on Banknotes Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 02 September 2016 > Webpicks

National symbols are a wonderful way into discussing a country’s culture — and encouraging pupils to think about their own country’s symbols, which we all tend to take for granted. The current debate in the U.S.A. about honouring a woman on a banknote is and excellent and realistic example. This topic is great for classwork … Continue reading “Women on Banknotes Webpicks”