"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society"
Black History Month takes place every October and aims to celebrate the culture, history, and achievements of African and Caribbean communities and their diaspora. This year, we're working with the African Caribbean Society and Nigerian Society to bring you various events and resources throughout the month.
Why is Black History Month important?
Our society and culture has been enriched because of all those who have come to the UK to build their lives. Their contributions, as well as the contributions of their descendants, have had a profound and positive effect on all of us. Black History Month gives us all the opportunity to celebrate these contributions and honour the accomplishments of black Britons throughout our history.
"Ignorance is a cure for nothing"
W. E. B. Dubois
Friday 1st – BAME Independence Day Event hosted by the Nigerian Society – EE 1102 – 4pm
Wednesday 6th – Backchat Discussions – The Hangar – 7.45pm
Thursday 7th – Bystander session hosted by Dr Gill Harrop - 3:15pm – 4:15pm – The Hangar
Monday 11th – Walk through Black History – The Hangar
Tuesday 12th – Fitness Boxing session hosted by the African Caribbean Society – St John’s Sports Centre – 8am
Tuesday 12th – Quiz Night hosted by the African Caribbean Society – The Hangar – 8pm
Friday 22nd – Bystander webinar hosted by Dr Gill Harrop – online –3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sunday 24th – Movie night hosted by the Nigerian Society and African Caribbean Society – Hangar – 7pm
Monday 25th –Yoga Session – The Hangar – 4.45pm-5.45pm
"What matters is not to know the world, but to change it"
We've put together a list of some of the best fiction and non-fiction by key black authors and academics.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
Redefining Realness – Janet Mock
Little & Lion – Brady Colbert
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying – Bassey Ikpi
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Black and British: A Forgotten History – David Olusoga
BRIT(ish): On Race, Identity, and Belonging – Afua Hirsch
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala
Plan your own film night with some of these great films.
12 Years a Slave (2014)
The Butler (2013)
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Antwone Fisher (2013)
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Malcolm X (1992)
Black Panther (2018)
Have a listen to some of these informative and entertaining podcasts.
Radicals in Conversation
The History Hotline
Witness History: Witness Black History
Black History Year
Black History Buff
The Black Curriculum