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‘I was Britain’s first black headteacher’ – BBC World Service

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On International Women’s Day 2020, we want to bring the story of the ground-breaking Yvonne Connolly who became Britain’s first female black headteacher in 1969.

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She talks about arriving to a cold, grey UK from Jamaica in the early 60s and working her way up the teaching profession. When she was made headmistress of a London primary school she received racist abuse from some people but refused to let them define her relationship with the children she taught.

We’ll be publishing more stories about women breaking taboos in our weekly playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz_B0PFGIn4chwVM2CcwuPeP2tnYIQpp8

And if you like this story, you might want to check out more podcasts from Witness History on the BBC World Service: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004t1hd/episodes/player

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