Let David Oyelowo tell it, black history is more than just important, it’s invaluable.
Star of Ava DuVernay’s blockbuster film Selma, Oyelowo sat with the Africa Channel to discuss his starring role as Dr. Martin Luther King, but to also speak about the importance of black history being taught in UK schools.
The Golden Globe nominee and father of four recently signed a petition making it mandatory that the stories of Dr. King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and other prominent black leaders are taught to children in schools across the pond. Oyelowo also made it clear he wants the whole truth being placed in textbooks and not just the “nice bits.”
The petition, which has received more than 40,000 signatures, was started in 2012 by a former teaching assistant Stephanie Pitter.
Watch the video below to hear more of Oyelowo’s reasoning as to why black history has its place in the UK education system.