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Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month is a celebration and exploration of black history, heritage, culture and achievements held every October in Britain which aims to:

  • Promote knowledge of Black History, Culture and Heritage
  • Disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British Society
  • Heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage

Details about activities happening nationally and more information around Black History Month can be found on their website.

Our Community, our University:

The University embraces the ethos of Black History Month all year round, assisted by the work of our Advancing Diversity, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Equality Group. The Group is chaired by Professor Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, and is made up of students, staff, and Students' Union representatives as well as other stakeholders.

We are currently planning our activities for the forthcoming year and invite you to celebrate and explore black history, heritage, culture, and achievements with us during 2015-16.

History Matters

In April 2015 a conference discussing why there are so few history students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage.

The event was organised by History Matters and the University of Chichester at the Institute of Historical Research, at the University of London, to suggest what needs to be done.

Teachers, school, and university students, as well as professional historians convened at the Institute to discuss their experiences of studying history and to suggest ways forward.

History Matters aims to understand why such low numbers of black students are engaging with history
Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora
Tahera Aziz: [re]locate

The tragic events surrounding the racially motivated murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death while waiting for a bus in 1993, are revisited in a new art installation at the University of Chichester’s Otter Gallery from 9 October to 6 December.

The exhibition presents a multi-channel sound installation developed by London-based visual artist and educator Tahera Aziz, taking the notion of the daily routine of waiting at the bus stop as its starting point. 

The artwork explores the disruption of the everyday to foreground the murder, highlighting the detailed elements that have particular resonance.

The work examines the processes involved with struggling to preserve the memory of the Stephen Lawrence case, which has had a deep impact in public life, still remaining relevant 22 years on, whilst offering new insights.

Find out more about the [re]locate exhibition.

Performance poet: Dean Atta

Writer and performance artist Dean Atta will perform his poetry about Stephen Lawrence's murder and creative writing about discrimination in general. 

The session will be themed around the Otter Gallery's exhibition [re]locate by Tahera Aziz. 

There will be a Q&A session following the performance at which Atta and Aziz will be present.

Atta has written poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern.

His debut poetry collection 'I Am Nobody's Nigger' was published in 2013.

Find out more about Dean Atta's performance.

Student's Union

The Student's Union are celebrating Black History Month by recognising prominent black figures in a variety of accomplishments. 

So far the page has featured;

  • Dr. Carter G.Woodson, founder of Black History Month
  • Harriet Tubman,abolitionist and civil rights activist
  • Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in baseball’s major leagues

Take a look at their Facebook page.

African Caribbean Society - ACS

The African Caribbean Society offers a mix of social and cultural events at the SU such as urban music events, film nights, 'Meet N Greet' events, food nights and motivational speakers.

The aims of the African Caribbean Society are:

  • To teach and share the beauty and talents of the African Caribbean heritage.
  • To encourage and appreciate a diversity of all cultures.
  • The ACS is open to everyone irrespective of race, culture, or Nationality. It is for anybody that has a genuine interest and appreciation of the African Caribbean culture, such as music, dance, literature and history.

As part of Black History Month, the African Caribbean Society are hosting several themed nights at the Student's Union, as well as a fashion, talent and art exhibition on the 23rd October.

The Sunday night quiz held at the Student's Union will have a Black History Month theme, and Otters Restaurant will be featuring Caribbean and African themed food.

Find out more about the African Caribbean Society