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Black History Month 2020 | More Than Just A Month

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is celebrated every October in the UK. First launched in London in the 1980s, it began as a chance for the local community to challenge racism and learn more about a portion of British history that was not conventionally taught in schools. Over the past 40 years, the event has grown to be recognised nationally, and marks an important month in the calendar for all members of the black community in Britain.

Following the vital work done in 2020 on the Black Lives Matter campaign, it is important that we recognise and understand the significance of black history by continuing to celebrate it throughout October and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled on RUSU’s media channels throughout the year to see what events we are organising.

 

Lets talk about BAME mental health

There is a lack of understanding of the support different groups of students need which is having a negative effect on their mental health at university. This year Bandy, RUSU’s Welfare Officer, wants to change that so all students feel supported and empowered to support each other. The first focus is on BAME mental health. Bandy will be finding out what specific support is available from the University in terms of mental health as well as sharing some personal experiences on Instagram. Keep an eye out on RUSU's Instagram page RUSU's Instagram page.

To get involved email campaigns@rusu.co.uk

 

What is happening at RUSU for Black History Month?

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Black History Month - Find the Figures

For Black History Month, we've placed posters of renowned figures central to black history around campus. If you can you find all seven, the highlighted letters on each poster can be rearranged to spell a topical word. Correct answers will be entered in to a prize draw.

Enter now via our survey!

 

22nd October | 14:00-16:30

Am I Enough? In celebration of Black History Month

TEDx speaker and Wellbeing coach, Toluwa has spent most of her professional career working with young people around the world, enabling them to make transformative changes in their personal and professional lives as well as their communities.

This interactive seminar will be focused on what self-worth, self-love and self-confidence look like for students of colour, with practical tips and wellbeing techniques provided. The seminar is designed to be a small, intimate online workshop. Providing a space where we can discuss openly, without judgement and without hesitation. We are coming together to learn, to share and most importantly to reflect.

Join Toluwa on the 22nd of October at 2-3.30pm in this intimate wellbeing seminar, exploring the Topic: Am I Enough?: In celebration of Black History Month.

This is one not to be missed. Book now!

 

22nd October | 18:00-20:00

Precolonial Africa - A Talk by the Boukman Academy

African people have a long and wonderful history outside of colonialism and the Civil Rights Era. Join us as we take a look at the accomplishments of African people across the precolonial world, from the insurmountable riches of Carthage, the endless innovation of the Nile Valley, Moorish expertise in Southern Europe, and so much more.

In this 2-hour session with the Boukman Academy, we will be highlighting the heights of African civilisation, delving into day-to-day life and exploring the abundant cultures of the time.

Get your free ticket!

 

27th October | Doors @ 18:30

BHM Film Showing - Black Panther

Join us in Mojos for this film showing of the Marvel blockbuster, ‘Black Panther.’

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

As a film with a predominantly Black cast and an African-American director, Black Panther is a great example of how important strong representation is in the media, in giving millions of people a new icon to idolize that they can identify with.

 

28th October | 13:00 - 13:50

BHM Reading Club – Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

Join your Diversity Officer for an open group discussion on the book by Reni Eddo-Lodge, titled 'Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race'. You can read the original article the book is based off on The Guardian's website.

You can access the session via zoom and check out this list of discussion topics.

 

Are other events happening on campus?

To find out what else is happening, hosted by our societies as well as the University, you can head to our Facebook event.

To keep up to date with events throughout the year, keep a close eye on our website, or join our BAME Students Community on Facebook.