Celebrating Black History Month

with City Students’ Union


As the Vice-President of Community And Wellbeing, I believe this month is supposed to be a time when we emphasize the importance of black participation and experience throughout history. However, Black History Month should not be used as an excuse to forget about Black History for the other 11 months of the year.

I think back over British history looking at extraordinary legacies of Black Diaspora communities, whose contributions have transformed the political, economic and cultural landscape of this country for better. There is yet to be so much done, given the levels of hate, prejudice, and discrimination persist.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the USA, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and in the Netherlands (as of 2016) where it is known as Black Achievement Month.

The aims of Black History Month are to remember important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. Black History Month is essential to promote knowledge of Black history, culture and heritage while disseminating information on positive Black contributions to British Society.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson said: “ If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world”.

I will work in conjunction with other Sabbatical Officers, BME Officer and Societies to put together an amazing program of activities to celebrate Black History Month with a range of events from external speaker talks to film screenings.

Rania Salim, VP Community & Wellbeing


Our events timeline for Black History Month 2019

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Event Schedule

The Celebration of Black History Exhibition

7th October in the Pavilion from 11am


Film Screening: A view into the Black Experience

9th October in B200 at 6pm


Gary Younge – Speaker

10th October


Black Women Rising: a new force in Politics– Panel Discussion

17th October in OTLT at 5:30pm


Food and Culture Night with Spoken Words and Poetry

24th October in the Coutyard Café @6pm


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