500 Words: Black Lives Matter book for CB schools

500 Words: Black Lives Matter book for CB schools


+ estimated £225 Gift Aid
£6,500 target

52 supporters


£1 on 22nd Aug 2021 12:31


£400 on 11th Dec 2020 13:26


£50 + est £12.50 in Gift Aid on 1st Dec 2020 06:29

Started on 23rd October 2020 London, England, United Kingdom


The Book

The 500 Words: Black Lives Matter book is an inspiring collection of children's writing submitted to the 500 Words competition 2020 in the Black Lives Matter category. Around 6000 children aged between 5 and 13 years old added their voices to the conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement by expressing themselves through stories, poems and real-life experiences. This is one of the most vital conversations in society today: understanding the perspectives of the younger generation is incredibly important - they are our future.

The shortlisted 8 entries, plus a further 92, have been collated in this powerful and  timely book which includes a foreword from Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans and writing tips for young writers from the judges. 

The importance of getting this book into the hands of children 

Children across the country should have access to this book - and not just those who have someone in their lives who feels that this is something they should be encouraged to read, and who are in a position to buy it.

This book provides an immediate opportunity to engage and inform all children through the reflection and conversations that will be prompted by the texts and has legacy: as a valuable record of how children feel about the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

If we can ensure that every one of our 900 Coram Beanstalk schools has at least one copy of this book in their library our reading helpers, and school staff, can make sure that every child has a chance to consider and connect personally - and educationally - with this hugely relevant topic.

£6500 will allow us to purchase and distribute one copy of this book to each of our 900 schools.


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Leonie Lord commented

Fantastic idea, good luck all involved!

30th November 2020 at 7:13pm
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Piers Torday commented

Such an important and timely project - please support if you can.

23rd November 2020 at 4:50pm
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