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UCL celebrates Black History Month 2021

27 September 2021

UCL is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of free talks and social events – find out more.

UCL Black History Month

A range of exciting UCL events to mark Black History Month 2021 kicks off at the end of September and will run throughout October and November: 


  • 28 September – [VIRTUAL]: Register for the Sarah Parker Remond Centre event, I fought the Law and I won, a Black Judge speaks, which will see Judge Peter Herbert OBE, founder of the Society of Black Lawyers speaking on race, law, and his recent legal action against the judiciary.  


  • 1 October – [VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON]: Join Dr Victoria Showunmi, Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, for Questions of Race in Learning.
  • 6 October – [VIRTUAL]: The Institute of the Americas will be holding the event Whiteness in Latin America, which brings together three leading scholars on race studies to discuss the role of whiteness in Latin American cultures. 
  • 14 October – [VIRTUAL]: Join the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence as they celebrate Black voices in Artificial Intelligence. 
  • 14 October – [IN PERSON]: Register now for the Institute of Advanced Studies's screening of The Struggle for Stonebridge. The film screening will be followed by a talk by Leonard Johnson, founding member of the Harlesden People’s Community Council.
  • 19 October – [VIRTUAL]: Join upcoming event What would I tell my younger self? to hear insights from a range of panel members at various stages in their career.
  • 19 October – [VIRTUAL]: Book now for a panel discussion focusing on careers, challenges and solutions for Black Earth scientists.
  • 19 October – [VIRTUAL]: Join the BAME Network Tuesday tea for a talk with Caroline Bressey on her work on Black historical geographies in Victorian Britain and the changing context of Black History Month.
  • 20 October – [VIRTUAL]: Register for a seminar with Luke de Noronha, who will be discussing the findings from his book Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica. 
  • 26 October [VIRTUAL]: Come along to a workshop on resilience for Black History Month. The session will be centred around growth in difficult times, anti-racism and allyship.
  • 26 October – [VIRTUAL]: Join representatives from Advance HE and London universities, including UCL's Provost, Dr Michael Spence, to discuss creating equity and best practice in higher education.     
  • 28 October – [IN PERSON]: Book for The Aesthetics of Revolution: Broadcasts from Accra, an upcoming lecture by Jesse Weaver Shipley – John D. Willard Professor of African and African American Studies and Oratory at Dartmouth College.


  • 3 November – [VIRTUAL]: Sign up to the Sarah Parker Remond Centre event British Black Power, which will feature Leila Hassan-Howe – Black British civil rights activist, leader, writer, history maker and co-founder of the 1970s 'Race Today Collective' – telling her story. 
  • 4 November – [VIRTUAL]: Join Leila Hassan-Howe for a personal, illustrated journey through the life of Darcus Howe, a key figure in many major movements – from the Black Panthers to the Mangrove 9, Bangladeshi housing, the Black Peoples Day of Action, and more. 
  • 4 November – [IN PERSON]: Join UCL’s School of European Languages, Culture and Society for readings from German-Nigerian author Ijoma Mangold's memoir, The German Crocodile, newly translated into English. 
  • 8 November – [VIRTUAL]: Booking is now open for Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites, a free event hosted by the UCL Institute of the Americas.
  • 9 November – [VIRTUAL]: This talk will see Federica Morelli discuss her recent book, Free People of Colour in the Spanish Atlantic: Race and Citizenship, 1780–1850
  • 10 November – [VIRTUAL]: Join staff and students from UCL and Imperial College for a Black History Month Wikipedia edit-a-thon – they'll be creating and adding to the Wikipedia entries of at least 50 Black engineers and scientists. 
  • 10 November – [VIRTUAL]: The Institute of the Americas Caribbean Seminar Series is delighted to bring you this expert panel discussion on Barbados’s transition to Republic status.
  • 22 November – [IN PERSON]: Join Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and leading UCL academics for a discussion on the issue of race and racism: why it persists, how we address it through education and how we can talk about it.   
  • 22 November – [VIRTUAL]: Book your place at UCL Laws' Race and Empire event on legal theory within, through and across national borders.
  • 23 November – [VIRTUAL]: Join Yesenia Barragan as she discusses her new book, published this year by Cambridge University Press: Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific.
  • 25 November – [VIRTUAL]: Book now for Inflections of Anti-Racism in Latin America, an event that is part of the UCL Institute of the Americas series 'Race and Racism in the Americas'.

This webpage is being updated with additional events as they are announced. If you are hosting a UCL event for Black History Month that you would like included here, please get in touch with us at internalcommunications@ucl.ac.uk

Find out more

  • Listen to Black Lives at UCL, a podcast series hosted by Tunde Banjoko OBE which amplifies and shares the voices of UCL's Black staff and students. 
  • The first episode of UCL Urban Laboratory's new podcast series, 'Black Urbanisms', is out now. See here.
  • Library Services have created a list of book recommendations made by students and staff at UCL which celebrate Black history.
  • Watch UCL Linguistics' YouTube video Voices of Freedom – How Africans’ resistance to slavery shaped language in the Americas, which sees UCL phonologist Professor John Harris and language advisor Denise Amankwah explore the impact of African languages on Ndyuka – a creole language spoken in Suriname on the northern coast of South America. 
  • UCL students and staff can find out more about Black Bloomsbury and Black history at UCL in our introductory programme (login required).