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“I grew up in a white area. When I say white, it’s literally a little village full of old white people. Including my favourite neighbour, Evelyn, who never forgets my birthday. I knew about black history but only through documentaries or books I had read. When I came to uni I wasn’t really bothered about finding the Afro Caribbean Society, I only joined because someone on my course made me get involved. But becoming a part of ACS has opened my eyes, I appreciate black history more and realise that our history is a celebration of black people. When I look at it now, black people wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for those who stood up for our rights in the beginning, if it wasn’t for slavery being abolished. Black history is something that I look at as a way to keep me going. There’s sometimes that one person who is like 'She’s black? She’s trying to fit in?', but to me that’s the whole point. Martin Luther King had a dream that we can all integrate as one society. If some people think I’m ‘too white’ because I listen to Mumford and Sons, I’m ok with that. Because when I look at black history I think, that’s always been the aim? To be looked at as equals and integrate into society.”

Find out about how to join our Afro Caribbean Society. Learn more about #BlackHistoryMonth and the events taking place around the university here