Last month, Cast partnered up with BME United, Darts, Changing Lives, Chinwe Russell Art Gallery, Doncaster Stories and 2G: Second Generation to celebrate Black History Month.
We hosted a poetry competition, looking for poetry submissions along the theme of 'Stories from my Homeland'.
We want to wish a HUGE thanks to everyone that took part, and to Levi Payne for recording the audio versions of the poems. Below are the winners!
Staring again with eyes on stalks, on the bus, in town or out on walks,
"Is he yours?" You ask once more, I've heard this asked a million times before,
Shall I answer, be polite? or shout and scream and cause a fight.
We are so fed up of being on show, you think you have the right to know?
Our family is diverse, that's true! So let me share some things with you.
Saturday soup is always fab, quality time with mum and dad.
Coconut oil smells so divine, curly hair takes so much time.
Nanna's house is filled with noise, full of grown-ups, girls and boys.
Always eating, new food to try, its always sad to say goodbye
Our culture strong our music loud, celebrating family
MIXED AND PROUD
I am the black child
I am special, ridicule cannot sway
I am strong, obstacles cannot stop
I hold my head high, proudly
Proudly proclaiming my uniqueness
I hold my pace, continuining forward
I am proud of my culture and
I am confident that I can
achieve my every goal
I am becoming all that I can
I am a black child, I am a child
I dream everyone can live in harmony and happiness
No bullying, no fighting
No swear words, no sadness
We are all unique, everyone of us
Everyone of us has a good side
waiting to be opened
It doesn't matter what you look like
What matters is the inside of you
The light deep in there
That's who you are
Believe in other people's race
Love each other equally
All of us deserve a good life
Care about everyone
Knowing that everyone is the same
Hope for a change in the world
In the world everyone must be treated the same
Somebody can make a change
Trust each other to live a better life
On the earth we should know better
Respect is needed
YOU CAN MAKE A CHANGE!
I hope everyone will have peace
I hope everyone will have respect
I hope everyone will have justice
I hope everyone will realise that everyone is the same
I hope everyone will know how bad racism is
I hope everyone will be happy
I hope everything will be fair to everyone
I have a dream that the world will be a better place!