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UCLU launch first full Black History Month programme

9 October 2013

Film screenings, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) talks and a Living History Exhibition including images of filmmaker Steve McQueen, Helen Grant MP, Lord Victor Adebowale, and other prominent members of BME community, are some of the events at this year's Black History Month at UCL.

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Running throughout October, the programme also includes Raw Talent. This scheme provides a chance for local school teachers, parents, community leaders and young people to tour the university with students already involved in mentoring, bridging the gap and challenging the stereotypes about university life and helping children feel that this is something that they can aspire to.

In addition, the BME film screenings are featuring films such as A Separation, the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, 1989 classic Mississippi Burning and UK classic, The Story of Lovers Rock.

Shanell Johnson, UCLU Black & Minority Ethnic Students' Officer, said: "In 1826 our university was the first to break the chains of oppression and unshackle education, making it accessible for everyone. In 2013 we are now the first university in the country to have a full-time Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Students' Office, and in that role I'm really proud to present Black History Month at UCL.

"Black History Month can be a catalyst to uncover hidden histories, mark current achievement, celebrate diversity and unite. It is important that both UCLU and UCL staff and all students rally around this cause, as equality of opportunity, regardless of religion, cultural background, race and/or colour is vital to the future of this Global University."

UCL Black History Month runs throughout October at UCL.


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Shanell Johnson