Thank you to Shekinah, our Communications Associate student staff member for her fantastic round-up of our Black History Month activities, with a hint of what’s to come for our Disability and Carers month!
Thank you to Shekinah, our Communications Associate student staff member for her fantastic round-up of our Black History Month activities, with a hint of what’s to come for our Disability and Carers month:
Our SU officers have chosen a topic to highlight for every month of this academic year as part of their Be Loud Be Proud campaign. For the month of October, the theme was Black History Month. Black History Month has its roots in the ‘Negro History Week’, originally proposed in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an American historian who was passionate about the teaching of Black History in schools. He was the second ever Black man to receive a doctorate from Harvard and is known as the father of Black History Month.
In the UK, the first Black History Month in 1987 also coincided with the 150th anniversary of Caribbean emancipation, and this movement to recognise the economic, political and cultural contributions of people of colour in the UK was spearheaded by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo.
Ultimately, this month is a time to recognise and celebrate the existence, achievements and contributions of a group that has been historically excluded.
At the SU, we dedicated space on our socials, sharing recommendations of media to engage with, words from noted Black scholars and poets, and events the SU ran throughout the month.
On Tuesday 12th October, we held an Open Forum at Moulsecoomb campus, an informal and relaxed space (with free food!) where students could drop in and chat to the SU about how they’re feeling regarding the topic of the month or otherwise. There were multiple movie nights across four campuses to highlight the great work done by Black directors; we showed Dolemite Is My Name in Eastbourne and 12 Years A Slave in Moulsecoomb on Thursday 14th October, and Da 5 Bloods in Falmer and Black Panther in City on Thursday 28th October. There was also an African drumming taster session on Monday 18th October on the Moulsecoomb campus, a fun and engaging session that was free to attend. There really was something for everyone!
Stay tuned on our website and all of our social platforms for more information on our upcoming campagins. November is our Disability and Carers month with a Coffee morning featuring guest speakers and collaboration with the university covering important topics.
Check out the Black Voices Masterlist below for the Student Union’s collection of scholars, films and books to engage with all in one place:
The 25th Hour (2002) – dir. Spike Lee
Ashes and Embers (1982) - dir. Haile Gerima
Bestie (2015) – dir. Dee Rees
Boys N the Hood (1991) – dir. John Singleton
Selma (2014) – dir. Ava DuVernay
Black Girl (1966) – dir. Ousmane Sembene
Cooley High (1975) – dir. Michael Schultz
Car Wash (1976) – dir. Michael Schultz
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
We Real Cool – Gwendolyn Brooks
The Turner House – Angela Flournois
Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid
The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
Won’t You Celebrate with Me – Lucille Clifton
Queenie – Candace Carty-Williams
The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead
We Should Make a Documentary About Spades - Terrance Hayes
We Love You, Charlie Freeman – Kaitlyn Greenidge
The Girl with the Louding Voice – Abi Dare
For my People – Margaret Walker
Look How We Fight for Our Lives – Saeed Jones
A Brief History of Hostility – Jamaal May
Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Marlon James
Mary Frances Berry - historian, writer, lawyer, activist and professor who focuses on U.S. constitutional and legal, African-American history.
Kwame Anthony Appiah - philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history.
Patricia Hill Collins - academic specializing in race, class, and gender.
Henry Louis Gate Jr. - literary critic, professor, historian, filmmaker, and public intellectual.
Kimberle W. Crenshaw - lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory. She is a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues.
Beverley Daniel Tatum - psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of racism.