Celebrating Diversity

Black History Month 2018

This year marks the 31st Anniversary of Black History Month in Britain.

October welcomes Black History Month - an annual month, celebrating, recognising and valuing the inspirational individuals from within BME communities. During Black History Month, we remember and celebrate the important figures of history alongside those who continue to contribute to and help our society today. 

From educational talks to food festivals, the month is filled with events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories. Originating in the United States (US), the United Kingdon (UK) celebrates Black History Month in October, whereas such celebrations across the pond take place in February. 

Black History Month began as "Negro History Week" created by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, educator and scholar who aimed to challenge the preconception at the time that "the negro had no history". It was against the backdrop of civil rights and the Black Power movement of the 60s, that Black History Month as it is known today was created in the US in 1969 and 1987 in the UK. 

Carter Woodson encouraged the research, preservation and celebration of black culture which continues to permeate through Black History Month to this date. 

October events in Portsmouth: 

Black History Film Festival
A series of films will be shown in Eldon Building throughout October, hosted by the Portsmouth Film Society. Indoor screenings are free to all Portsmouth students. 

Wednesday October 3rd: Winnie (2017) - 7:30pm
Wednesday October 10th: Black Panther (2015) - 7:30pm
Wednesday October 17th: Jemima & Johnny (1996) - 7:30pm
Wednesday October 25th: Themba, The Boy Called Hope (2010) - 7pm

British Black Authors display

Throughout October, in celebration of Black History Month, on the first floor landing display area of the University Library there will be a selection of books by Black British authors and books pertaining to the subject of black history. Why not pop in and take a look?

African Women's Forum

The African Women's Forum is holding a Mandela 100 Project Exhibition on Friday 6th October at 6pm in Portsmouth Central Library.

Black History Month Social Mixer

Open to all students across Portsmouth and hosted by your VP Activities, Moises Frias and VP Welfare and Community, Sophie Butler. This event will take place on Monday October 29th at Richmond Building Atrium from 4:30pm until 7pm and is free to attend. Anyone can attend to celebrate the diversity of our student population and have a fun evening with your Sabbs. 

Black History Month Open Lecture "The Black Poppy"

A free public lecture on Wednesday 31st October from 6pm - 7pm by Selena Carty outlining why it is so important to remember black soldiers and any people in the communities who contributed to the first or second world wars.

Black History Month Open Lecture "Black Writers in Portsmouth in the Age of Slavery"

A free public lecture on Wednesday 31st October from 3pm - 5pm Brycchan Carey will explore the life stories and writings of some of the black writers who lived in or visited Portsmouth during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. 

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