1. I began by showing students images of four historical events (Assassination of JFK, the Beatles scoring their first Number 1 hit, Tottenham Hotspur winning the European Cup Winners Cup, and Martin Luther King delivering his famous I Have a Dream speech) and asked if anyone could connect them; the connection is that they all occurred in 1963.
2. I continued by saying that at the same time as Martin Luther King was delivering his landmark speech to 250,000 people in Washington, in Britain something less well known, but of some importance, was also happening. I gave students some information about the British Empire, Bristol’s location and importance in the Slave Trade, and the arrival of the Empire Windrush. I also added a photograph of a window in which the landlord had specified, ‘no Irish, no blacks, no dogs’, to highlight the racism which was prevalent in the 1960s.
3. I showed students some images and provided some detail about the Bristol Bus Boycott, in which Paul Stevenson and a group of activists fought the Bristol Omnibus Company’s colour bar, and revealed that following city-wide boycott of the busses by Bristolians, on the same day as Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream speech (28 August 1963), the bus company lifted the colour bar.
4. I finished with a short clip which neatly summarises the significance of the Bristol Bus Boycott and asked students to consider why the story is so important, and what they would take away from the assembly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oitqcFdWTP4