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UCL celebrates Black History Month

5 October 2018

UCL is celebrating Black History Month with a wide-ranging programme including an exhibition, talks, film, storytelling and social events.

Black woman

Black History Month was established 31 years ago to celebrate the achievements, contributions and history of African and African-Caribbean people in the UK. 

Running throughout October, the programme kicks off today, Friday 5 October, with 'Thoughts on the Windrush Generation' an interactive talk by highly respected DJ, poet, community activist and lecturer, Dr William 'Lez' Henry, who will take visitors on an audio visual journey of the Black experience in Britain, since the arrival from the Caribbean of the Empire Windrush in 1948.  Dr Henry will highlight many of the hidden struggles of black people in the UK for equal rights and social justice, drawing on recent events.

Then on Monday 8 October, there will be a film screening of 'Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary', charting the impact of one of the most outspoken activists of the 1960s and 1970s.   Davis was a Professor of Philosophy at UCLA, a Black Panther and a vocal critic of the U.S. government, and of sexism, racism and war. 

Other key events include 'Black at UCL' a photo exhibition celebrating past and present staff and students, BME Networking, a talk called 'Before the NHS exploring the impact of Black nurses in Britain, an Afrikan Yoga session, an evening exploring Somali art and heritage and a spoken word and performance night called 'World up: Black Minds Matter'. 

The events are organised by Students' Union UCL. 


More information and links to each event can be found on the UCL Student Union website.


Image taken from the 'Black at UCL' exhibition, running in UCL Wilkins Building.