Michael Gove dumps Mary Seacole

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The Education Secretary Michael Gove has bowed to the detractors of great Victorian Mary Seacole, and removed her from the National Curriculum.

Gove has stated that students should learn about traditional figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Winston Churchill.

Truth is, Michael Gove would find it difficult to find a history teacher who sacrificed teaching either Winston Churchill or Oliver Cromwell for Mary Seacole.

Seacole’s detractors such as William Curtis of the Crimean War research have called the interest in Seacole, ‘a disgrace to the serious study of history’.

This view along with Gove’s says more about their own prejudices rather than illuminating, educating and inspiring children of all races.

Seacole’s story is much more than about the Crimean war where she made her name.  It is a story of endeavour, great bravery, but perhaps above all it is  about how an ordinary woman, with no privilege, and no support from the nation she served, became so revered by the army class she administered  and the British public.

On her own volition, Seacole left her native Jamaica for London to sign up as one of Florence Nightingale’s nurses. She was refused both a ticket to travel, and when she eventually found another steamer that would take her, she was also then refused by the British establishment to help the nursing efforts in the Crimean war.

Undeterred she made her own way to Balaclava a town in Crimea, in the Ukrain and set up her own  brand of resting place and nursing home  for the injured British soldiers very near the front line.

Word soon got back to London about this courageous woman, who it was said would be dodging bullets to get men to safety. Her contemporary at the time Florence Nightingale poured scorn on Seacole’s unconventional methods, including allowing dying and very sick men to have a ‘tipple’.  However, these very brave men loved Seacole, and after the war had ended, when they heard that she had fallen on hard times rallied to support her.

What makes this story fascinating is that it wasn’t just the officer and army class that sought  to help Seacole  after the war. It was estimated that more than 80,000 people came out to pay tribute to this woman.  When was the last time that amount of people –the size of Wembley stadium full, came to pay tribute to an ordinary woman?  I can’t remember either.

By any standard Seacole was a great Victorian, that a creative teacher can wrap around subjects such as  the Crimean war, nursing, racial prejudice, and  above all that great human endeavour, particularly  by an extraordinary ordinary woman.  A simple yet valuable lesson that seems to have been lost on our Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Simon Woolley

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Disgraceful

I will kind with my words and not fall foul of using foul language to describe my utter distaste at what Michael Gove is doing. Mary Seacole made a difference to many wounded and dying soldiers in the Crimean War. She braved the odds and helped. Gove wasn't even a thought when she risked her life without pay to do something no one wouldn't do without support. It's typical that a tory education secretary would dream of removing such a woman from the british education system and history. Just utterly disgraceful and SHAME on him and the government for allowing it to happen.

Very Distasteful Exclusion

The purposeful exclusion of Mary Seacole is extremely disappointing. Is it surprising that the Tory government have allowed this to happen? NO! Not at all.

Michael Gove dumps Mary Seacole

A rethink is needed here. Children need to be educated on all aspects of their history and this woman is part of our history. A disgraceful backward move. God help us

Michael Gove, you are a

Michael Gove, you are a disgrace.

Mary Seacole remved from English History by Education Minister

ABSOLUTE DISGRACE..RACISM RAISE ITS HEAD AGAIN. FIRST STEPHEN LAWRENCE MURDER COVER UP, NOW THE ONE PERSON WE HAVE TO LOOK UP TO REMOVED FROM ANY SOURCE SO WE HAVE NO ROLE MODELS..IT WOULDNT AMAZE ME IF WE END UP HAVING ANOTHER BLOODBATH RIOT IN LONDON....IN WOULD BE THIS TORY IDOT MICHAEL GOVE WHO IS JUST NAMMING OUT TAX PAYERS MONEY...

Mary Seacole

The removal of this heroic womans name from the school syllabus is a disgrace. Gove ought to be ashamed of his ignorance of Englands real history.

Mary Seacole

In my eyes the reaction of the Education Secretary Michael Gove and Crimearian War researcher William Curtis typifies the predictable predjudice of the British Establishments of accepting a Black Woman Mary Seacoles contribution to British History.She should be recognised alongside Florence Nightingale for her Nursing contributions tending to the British Soldiers.In my eyes the British History books are far from accurate if Mary Seacoles name is not entered alongside Florence Nightingales efforts period.

Michael Gove dumps Mary Seacole

When an education minister can't or chooses not to recognise the importance of such a person as Mary Secole in 'his' history and how interwoven it is to his very existence is more than a sad reflection on him. This manipulation of history via omission is something we have to flag up and bring to others attention. Already much momentum on FB.

Not a Gove fan but he has made the correct decision

Good grief I don't think I have ever read so much rubbish in my life. There are wildly divergent views on the exact contribution of Mary Seacole's role in the Crimean War and Victorian society, but this piece written by Simon Wooley is nothing more than an unquestioning mini hagiography.

It's quite disturbing that the view of respected historians are dismissed as discriminatory with no evidence provided at all for saying this - and I notice you haven't challenged any of the individual points they have made about the story of Seacole. If you have any evidence for saying Seacole critics' views are built solely on prejudice, you need to provide this in your article. And if you are unable to provide any then you should withdraw your accusations. Some people don't take very kindly to unfairly being accused of being a racist.

For a better written, more interesting, properly researched and sourced piece I would recommend reading this article from a recent edition of History Today: http://www.historytoday.com/lynn-mcdonald/florence-nightingale-and-mary-seacole-nursings-bitter-rivalry

Anyway why are the antics of a Crimean War nurse on the National Curriculum anyway - especially when much of the material for this teaching comes from her autobiography which has been empirically proven to be an unreliable source due to the amount of demonstrably tall stories and impossible meetings detailed in it? I'm not a Gove fan or a Tory, but this is one issue on which is he has absolutely done the correct thing.

Disrespect for Jamaican Mary Seacole

Michael Grove's effort in ending the recognition of one of Jamaica's most beloved figure for her pioneering role in early Nursing efforts outside on Jamaica during the CRIMEan war of (October 1853 – February 1856) shows ungratefulness and meanness to someone who gave of herself out of her own choice. His action typifies the narrowness of his kind and only reinforces the reason why we need to recognize and memorialize our own and not depend on remnants of our colonizers to do what we need to do for our people.

Disrespect for Jamaican Mary Seacole

Michael Grove's effort in ending the recognition of one of Jamaica's most beloved figure for her pioneering role in early Nursing efforts outside on Jamaica during the CRIMEan war of (October 1853 – February 1856) shows ungratefulness and meanness to someone who gave of herself out of her own choice. His action typifies the narrowness of his kind and only reinforces the reason why we need to recognize and memorialize our own and not depend on remnants of our colonizers to do what we need to do for our people.

URGENCY

WHERE IS THE PETITION TO BE SIGNED ?

Disrespect for Jamaican Mary Seacole

Michael Grove's effort in ending the recognition of one of Jamaica's most beloved figure for her pioneering role in early Nursing efforts outside on Jamaica during the CRIMEan war of (October 1853 – February 1856) shows ungratefulness and meanness to someone who gave of herself out of her own choice. His action typifies the narrowness of his kind and only reinforces the reason why we need to recognize and memorialize our own and not depend on remnants of our colonizers to do what we need to do for our people.

Mary Seacole

This should not surprise me nor make me sad and angry but it does!!! Time after time we are repressed and put on the back burner. Another case of history repeating itself!!

Mary Seacole

Having just watched the unrelated but relevant movie, 'The Impossible,' in the cinema, it made me consider, how precious life really is.
I also thought that persons who saves life, should be forever commended in our history books for all eternity, rather than concentrating on war-mongers, who really shouldn't be praised.
It says a lot about us as human beings, that we base historic recognition between two different characters, with a preference decided on skin colour or gender rather than past actions.

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole must stay on the curriculum! Why is the government trying to change everything too quickly and seemingly without thought? Women have contributed much over the years and to obliterate one such woman is a DISGRACE !

Mary Seacole was a great woman of colour cheered by the troops

Gove is an ignorant Tory who should be led out of his darkness and obvious prejudice.

Yet another disappointment from this government

It's shocking to know that such a significant part of history is being hidden AGAINE after being repressed for so many years.

Mary Seacole

Well what can I say add this to her story of the establishment once more attempting to exclude her for her sex her class her race.
Arise we new Victorians who recognise true great Britain's and once more fill Wembley sized protest for the love of mother Seacole!

Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale

Whilst there has always been a danger that some teachers may over compensate by emphasising Mary Seacole's role over Florence Nightingale's, that doesn't mean that she didn't play as big a role. Nightingale's determination and contacts (as well as her statistical brilliance) enabled the cause to gain traction at home, and get many of the supplies and personnel needed. But Seacole's practical courage in going into the battlefield to tend the wounded, her nursing experience (which was great) and that she shows that it wasn't only middle-class women that played a part is as invaluable.

John public

Dear John Public, rather unlikely to be your name. Nevertheless, apart from your own 'private' views what part of the piece have I written that is 'rubbish' i.e. completely untrue?

As you have noticed I have not called Mary Seacole a pioneering nurse. Her story is one of endeavor, bravery, and confronting and resisting prejudice. That along with the response from many at the time, in my opinion captors a very special woman indeed. Interestingly, I think it's wrong to pit Florence Nightingale against Seacole as some do.

The other point John Public is the whole question about who writes our history and why it is important to have individuals such as Seacole who is perhaps the only Black-non-white-individual who, in the National Curriculum is not told through the narrow prism if racism: slavery, colonialism and Civil Rights.

The Charterist William Cuffay, should be on a our Curriculum too, but that again the usual dectractors would come out.

Simon Woolley-my real name.

Which historical "ethnic" figure(s) will be replacing her?

Britain's children are of all races. It is a good thing for them to learn about people in history from diverse backgrounds who had an impact on any aspect of British life. Mary Seacole may not be as exciting to some as Churchill, but her story is remarkable unless someone wants to prove it was all untrue. She was black, she was a woman, she made a difference to some using her own resources. It is an inspirational story and rather than getting shot of it, more stories like hers about people from other races should be researched and told. This is not the strangest decision Mr Gove has considered but in my opinion it is not a great one.

Mary Seacole and unknown Gove

Whatever the specific details of Mary Seacole' biography - and indeed, the hagiography or illustrations of other 'world figures' such as Churchill (Who, let it be recalled, had also a much less seemly side), the point is that a removal sends a significant message - if we are to insist that ANY figures be included in the Curriculum, then they should reflect a cross-section of British History - and MS was unquestionably a real person, and a British historical person of significance (incidentally, she described herself as a 'Doctress' in days before women were allowed to study Medicine for registration as doctors). We should protest indeed - and maybe ask why we should teach such divisive people as O Cromwell?

At least I rest in the confidence that any people 100 years in the futrure are more likely to know of MS than 'Gove' (sounds like a made-up name, frankly).

Mark (yes, that's my name!)

Mary Seacole

I am confident that there will be another U-turn in Mr Gove’s unpleasant decision.

Mary Seacole

Why so much whoha about the article when it is obvious govebum never got as far as learning about the Crimean War let alone about her.
Surely teachers can use their own intiative and teach such important history leasons without asking him?
Keep in mind Mary Seacole cannot be deleted from history.
Gove obviously objects to her story because she is female, black and not english which is what his class still think of as slaves who should not be mentioned in history books for any reason.

Mary Seacole

She was black, she was a woman, she administered to the working class, why would a tory like any of those things? Let's hope some progressive teachers have a more sensible and responsible attitude towards childrens' education.

Seacole and 'Gove'

Who is this 'Gove' anyway? And what right has he to rewrite history? At least when Churchill did it, he had an overt and explicit gameplan or objective! But Churchill also had a lot of history that is not taught and was not exactly creditable (from any perspective: remember, he crossed the floor of the House and re-invented himself several times) - and Cromwell (the real historical figure) insisted on being painted ' warts and all' but remains a hugely divisive figure in UK history - things I, in England never learned about his actions in Ireland, for a start). MS is and was also a real figure with an impact - whatever myths attach later - and deserves celebration: not a whitewashing (literally) of history (herstory, please!!!).

At least I can reflect that when Gove is forgotten (let it be soon) her memory will live on - but it would be nice to help a bit with that!

Yes, more hue and cry: protest, scream and shout against the dying of the night (etc)

More in sorrow, but also angry

Mark J.

Mary Seacole Dumped from History

The British Education minister of education need to be educated himself. He is trying to do the impossible no one can rewrite history. History is simply a record written or not of past events . That cannot be changed. One may plan the future but what is done is already done. Mary Seacole is a black Jamaican who braved all the odds to help at her own expense, wounded British soldiers in the Crimean war. That is too big a bite for Mr Gove and his Tory cohorts to swallow. But its no surprise as history have noted that the tories have always disliked black people and the sad thing is there are some black persons who allied themselves with these black hating bigots. Mr Gove you may take Mary Seacole from the British education history curriculum but you cant delete her from history.
Les F

mary seacole

THEM going to tired to see we face,because we will be marching down their for this one, and as far as am concern our grand parents came here and make a life out of nothing by throwing pardners, and saving,not even pubs they wernt allowed in,as the sign would say no blacks.they have lock off our people visa to get here ,we arnt the only bad in this country ,we are the ones who teaches them to stop eating bread off them step,and they must have forgot what cause the brixton riot,they stop the visa,and let the eu people in, and what they do take the piss out of the country babies here, babies there,houses full, schools full ,doctors over load.so we will not let this one rest,we will fight and fight, because this is an insult, we will not let this shuv under the carpet .ROSE.

mary seacole

THEY WILL be tired to see our face,so we will be going down their. we want the justice what our people deserve,the same way they stop our people from visa,we are not the only bad people here,and what they did let the eu in and the rest and all they do is take the piss out of the country babies here babies there , houses full, school full doctors over load .we our parents and grand parents teach them to stop eating bread off of them step.when our people came here ,they make a life out of nothing by paying into pardners,and saving out of nothing,and all you could see at the pubs signs no blacks.but we will not be push over for this one this is bare face disrespect ,and we will not let this one shoved under the carpet we build this country. so they must remember about the brixton riot what cause it.we v come a long way, after tied up in shackles and chains.

Also Expunged Is Olaudah Equiano. Way Forward

I came by this excellent article because I heard OBV has a campaign to pressure Education Minister Michael Gove from going ahead with his plans to remove Mary Seacole from the new History curriculum.

Whilst I am not against such a campaign, I would like to highlight the fact that the African abolitionist Olaudah Equiano has also been moved out, or should I say, expunged, from the new curriculum. So my question is that would a joint petition for the two African British historic personalities be better than two separate petitions?

As it is, we are responding to a leaked draft, so there may a small window for the likes of Seacole and Equiano to be "re-instated" in the new history curriculum.

Abolition of chattel enslavement and immigration are said to be left in the new curriculum - not sure what's happened to American civil rights. The old curriculum allows for topics such as resistance against enslavement, but how many teachers would know, let alone teach about about Nzinga, Sharpe, Bussa, Kofi, L’Ouverture, Nana (Nanny) etc?

Immigration, for example, should not just be about "new" or "different" peoples coming to Britain, or the change of the cultural landscape. What about the impact on the social and political landscape, as a consequence of activism which brought in race relations laws, which begat the other equality laws.

The way forward? I don't think the school history curriculum can satisfy everyone. So I've suggested to BASA (Black And Asian Studies Association) historians and history teachers that politicians will always play yo-yo with the history curriculum, and that the way forward ought to include producing a complementary curriculum which those who are interested in African British history can refer to.

If people are interested in African British history, then as much as they should fight for maintaining or re-instating Seacole and Equiano, they should also look at the complementary curriculum from which they can improve theirs and their children's knowledge of African history whether through self-study, Saturday schools, community projects, or other informal learning routes.

Some of us are not waiting on the schools to do it all for us. I run African history projects through TAOBQ (The African Or Black Questions), Akoben Awards and BTWSC. Other community organisations doing the same include the likes of Black History Walks, Nu Beyond, Ligali, etc.

Mary Seacole

I hope that Free Schools (set up by Gove himself) will keep Mary Seacole on the syllabus - they, of course, are not bound to teach the National Curriculum.

Mary Seacole

As a registered nurse working within the NHS I am very disappointed and saddened to read about Michael Gove’s’ decision to remove Mary Seacole from the school history curriculum. Indeed nursing academics that championed Seacoles revival for years will surly feel particularly aggrieved and cheated. In what has become an increasingly multi-cultural National Health Service (NHS) to which we need no reminding of that the UK relies heavily upon their overseas nurses. This will be an unwelcomed and demoralising blow to the many young aspiring black British nurses still at school, in training or those already within the NHS. Perhaps more importantly from a social perspective a Mary Seacole as a role model or figurehead is much needed and increasingly relevant in this country. Britain’s multi-national youth of today should not be denied and need their hero’s to inspire pride in their roots and therefore should be exposed to this all too rare humanitarian light from the days of Empire. Mr Gove by down grading such a courageous and wonderful humanitarian, which we have only just really embraced into the curriculum can only be judged as a backward step to a multi-cultural society, (and let’s face it there is room for a good and humanitarian story amongst the blood and gore of colonial history).
Regrettably it had taken years for Seacole to emerge and be undusted from the manicured archives of history. She already was long overdue the respect and recognition she more than justifiably deserved and had been denies of for more than a century.
From what I personally remember of my nurse training days, almost twenty years ago now, Mary Seacole was only mentioned on a few rare occasions. Indeed most nursing students (and perhaps virtually all the British public) until the 1980s would have known little or perhaps nothing about this nurse and her contribution to early healthcare, particularly during the Crimean War of the mid-1850s. What is more inspiring is that Seacole emerged against the odds. She had neither the privileges of class, race, wealth nor a powerful ear to advance her cause as that other, perhaps great, Crimean nurse relied on to advance her cause. In my humble opinion Seacole is justifiably Florence Nightingales equal and should therefore not again be denied her rightful place alongside Miss Nightingale in the school curriculum. Though not to undermine Florence Nightingales great contributions, some may arguably have a strong point in stating that Seacole is more deserving of a greater recognition when considering the many high hurdles she faced. What next, should we dismantle the buildings named after her and do a complete whitewash? Michael Gove, think again and let’s not be too hasty and send this rare female heroine off the Victorian era back into the dusty archives of history. Too often has this country denied the significant external contributions and sacrifices of British successes by other ethnic groups or nationalities? Think only of the Battle of Britain or Trafalgar which both relies on non-Britain’s to conquer or indeed survive. Let’s not lose Mary Seacole and rob the school curriculum of another valuable casualty of history selection. Again, to reinforce, it is important to remember a modern Britain needs their Mary Seacoles. Furthermore, although I believe all history is valuable and should be remembered, to save future embarrassment in a changing Britain there are perhaps one too many Oliver Cromwell’s littered within the history curriculum that perhaps could be offloaded.

Mary Seacole

Typical. Why is the public surprised? By obliterating any good deeds, acts of bravery, inventions or positive actions by Black People, it reinfoces the typical view that as a race, the Black Population have never contributed to anything worthwhile!

Mary Seacole

I am dismayed at the arraogance of Michael Gove and his Tory revisionist colleagues who think they can hide vitally important role models from history lessons in school class rooms to suit their political goals. Back in the early 1990s I didn't know who Mary Seacole was but I found out pretty quickly when I became involved in creating the first Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health centre in Liverpool. We named it Mary Seacole House mainly because the Florence Nightingale Institute for Nursing building was around the corner and we wanted to demonstrate that a black woman had just as important a role to play in the Crimean War and could be a role model for millions of people in the UK. Interestingly enough I work in a mental health team in the South of England and when I asked three of my colleagues - a nurse, a social worker and a psychologist all in their late thirties - if they had heard of Mary Seacole they had not. But this shows how important it is that she is not removed from the school history curriculum so that younger people continue to know who she was and what she did for ordinary British soldiers.
As for Mr "JohnPublic", hiding behind a pseudonym because he knows he will get a vitriolic reaction, his next point will no doubt be to agree with David Irving that the Holocaust is a figment of a lot of people's imaginations...
WHERE IS THE PETITION? I think thousands of people would sign one to stop this horrendous decision and I agree with the person who says Equiano's name should also be restored!

VOTE FOR OLAUDAH EQUIANO ALSO

I was also surprised that Equiano was left out of this initiative. Why?

Michael Gove dumps Mary Seacole

I sincerely hope that the education secretary will reconsider

It is an absolute shame that

It is an absolute shame that such a historic figure as Mary Seacole in such a major war as the Crimean will disappear from the National Curriculum.

Unlike Florence Nightingale who was quite safe miles away, Mary Seacole was as close to the front line as it was possible to be. So much so that she was shot during her most heroic deeds on behalf of the British Empire. Nobody thought of removing Florence from the history lessons, so why remove Mary Secole, who because of her heroic actions for this country went broke in the process?

The name of Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) should also be reinstated. The much heralded William Wilberforce who was against the abolition for years before coming to his senses was not one tenth the veteran on ending slavery as Aloudah,so why was his name removed?

As someone who often tells other black people get the chip off their shoulder, this smells of pure racism. In my *not* so humble opinion, the anti-education minister, Michael Gove stinks!

Seacole, Equiano & Gove

It is an absolute shame that such a historic figure as Mary Seacole in such a major war as the Crimean will disappear from the National Curriculum.
Unlike Florence Nightingale who was quite safe miles away, Mary Seacole was as close to the front line as it was possible to be. So much so that she was shot during her most heroic deeds on behalf of the British Empire. Nobody thought of removing Florence from the history lessons, so why remove Mary Secole, who because of her heroic actions for this country went broke in the process?
The name of Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) should also be reinstated. The much heralded William Wilberforce who was against the abolition for years before coming to his senses was not one tenth the veteran on ending slavery as Aloudah,so why was his name removed?
As someone who often tells other black people get the chip off their shoulder, this smells of pure racism. In my *not* so humble opinion, the anti-education minister, Michael Gove stinks!

Mary Seacole

This is outrageous, what a narrow minded and bigoted attitude to have, what about all the other unsung heroes who as this article rightly points out faced adversity and challenges that none of the privileged would ever even be aware of!!!! If I was still a teacher (wish I was but now retired) I would find a way of weaving this amazing lady's story into my humanity lessons by suggesting the students research inspirational females who made a difference and suggest one or two names.... I only hope that nursing students also are taught about the sacrifices some people made to show their compassion and care!!!!!!! Teachers need to be 'creative' when delivering a restricted curriculum that it would seem apparently favours all white powerful people that Gove seems to want to promote, cannot imagine why apart from the fact they present government are taking us back to the 1800s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sometimes I am so ashamed of being white and British, my sincere apologies to all those who are offended!

Mary Seacole

All youngster need to know their full heritage. Lack of knowledge leads to frustration culminating in anti social behaviour.

Is the aim to scrub all African heritage from the cirriculum? And, are we really going to allow this to happen?

More information about black and also women's and LGBT history

I think it's awful that they're going to remove Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano from the curriculum, they are whitewashing (not to mention the erasing of the contribution of a working class woman) and inspiring humanitarian stories are important, there are probably people reading this who know all this already, but I found a post compiling information on various people and cultures which did/are now doing things that are often considered to be historically inaccurate by white/straight/cis/male sci-fi/fantasy/historical fiction fans:

http://fozmeadows.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/psa-your-default-narrative-settings-are-not-apolitical/

Black British History is NOT insignificant

Michael Gove runs the risk of alienating a generation of black school children. When I was at school growing up there were no black role models from Britain presented to us EVER. Black people were out there but we were relegated to bit parts. Looks like Gove want's to go back there. The Black Presence website was set up in 1998 to promote the roles of black people in British History, and whatever happens we will not rest.

Let Teachers Inspire

For me this is not about Mary Seacole (important as her story is) but about the teaching of history to our children. British history is both rich and diverse, uplifting, humbling and at times seedy and unseemly. Do we want to go back to 'kings and queens' only history with children learning rote dates etc or do we want young enquiring minds and citizens of the future that can grasp the importance of decisions/actions made in the past on the lives of all in the present.
It is depressing to note that inspirational and creative teachers will have one hand tied behind their backs as they go into the classroom. At least Horrible Histories (a wonderfully funny and instructive tv show for kids) is still able to enthuse, challenge and teach our children.....or has Mr Gove got his sights on that too?

Time to make a stand Black Presence is here for good!

Just who does Michael Gove thinks he is. I take it that Florence Nightingale is removed also from the history books, as she did less and was funded, whereas Mary Seacole did it regardless. Whenever black people start to get any little recognition those in power want to remove us. Just look at the NHS which was built on black nurses but as soon as it gets world wide acclaim the Powers that be want to remove us and look at it now with MRSA etc. Does he not know he cant keep us down what he has done is to get us anger which will cause us to act. Now is the time for our voices to be heard because "Together we Can!" When is the March???

Mary Seacole Vs Michael Gove (loser)

Absolutely nothing surprises me about this pretentious spoilt over privileged bunch of old fashioned aristocrats, they're a kind of throw back to the Generals who sent hundreds of thousands of British men over the top in the 1st World War. They really believe they can do anything and get away with it. But these people forget that there is always a day of reckoning. Hopefully their day isn't too far away.
Leave our Brave Courageous Mary Seacole alone. As for the NHS, they want to take that away because there are not many people left who survived the Wars that earned the right to free health care. It's because of that they think no one alive has such a right. What have we the people who's forefathers gave their lives up to save not only this country but the free World, what have we done, nothing in their eyes. Sadly, their attempt at getting rid of Mary Seacole is further proof of the way these w&@£(?s work.

There must be away we can all protest against these Old Britannic ideals from these Old Britannic bum burps?

MARCUS KELLY

Mary Seacole erased from British history

So Michael Gove wants to erase Mary Seacole from British history books. This is the thin end of a horrid wedge. Mary Seacole today - what other woman and black person tomorrow? And the result? Our children are brought up to believe that only white men played a part in history and the rest of contributed nothing. A range of role models wiped out. Shame on you Gove!

Empress Nola

@Empress Nola, the petition is at the top of this web page.

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