Black History

RUSU Black History campaign 2018-19
October 2019

What’s it all about?

Black History Month is celebrated every year in October by many universities, schools and organisations across the UK. It’s a time to remember, mark and celebrate black British achievers and events. Here at RUSU we want to celebrate Black History Month but we also want to celebrate BME history and BME achievers beyond October.

Key Aims?

We want to raise awareness of the contribution the BME community has made to the UK and celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture in the UK.

RUSU Events

BME Students’ Network

Run by your BME Students’ Officer, Somisola, the BME Students’ Network is a student run, peer support group to help you meet other students’ from similar backgrounds to you.

Date: Friday 28th September 2018
Time: 11:00
Venue: RUSU Boardroom

Beyond Bilal: Black History Month

Beyond Bilal: Black History Month by Mustafa Briggs with Reading University Islamic Society.

Beyond Bilal is a lecture presented by Mustafa Briggs exploring the deep-rooted relationship between Islam and Black History. Having studied at University of Westminster and for an MA at SOAS, Mustafa Briggs has spoken at Kings College London, UCL and the University of York and appeared on TV discussing Islamic History. The event will be followed by a Q and A with Mustafa.

Date: Monday 8th October 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Palmer Building, Lecture Theatre G10

FilmSoc’s Film Showing

A showing of either Fruitvale Station, The Colour Purple or Belle.

Date: Friday 19th October 2018
Time: 19:00
Venue: Minghella Studios

Cultural Exhibition

Drop into our Cultural Exhibition and see Reading’s students and societies display art, music, language and culture from around the world.

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Venue: 3sixty, RUSU

University Events

To celebrate Black history the university is also running two events which students are invited to.

Guest Lecture with Shirley Anne Tate

Guest Lecture with Shirley Anne Tate on Whiteness and Institutional Racism: Hiding Behind Unconscious Bias with Guest Lecturer Shirley Anne Tate.

University of Leeds’ Professor Shirley Anne Tate is a cultural sociologist researching and writing about Black identity, decoloniality, Black beauty and the culture of Britishness. Her research and writing extends to discussing institutional racism which has led her to speak at universities across the UK, USA and South Africa.

Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Time: 14:00
Venue: Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture


Reading Film Theatre will be showing BlacKkKLansman – Spike Lee’s latest film following Rob Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, as he infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.

Date: Thursday 11th October 2018
Time: 19:45 - 22:15
Venue: Palmer Building
RUSU BAME Officer 2019/20

BAME Officer
Wen Chen