Black History Month

Black History Month is open to participation by everyone and is ideally developed, delivered and managed as an educational and historical awareness experience by Black people and should be shared by everyone as world history.

October is the UK's Black History Month, a time when the achievements and struggles of Black people are recognised and celebrated throughout the UK. 

 

We, at KeeleSU, want to become a truly antiracist Students’ Union and put Race Equity at the top of our agenda. We have increased our antiracism work in the past few years but we must do more. 

 

In partnership with the University, we commissioned a report in students’ experiences of hate-crime and hate incidents, launched the #NeverOK campaign, contributed to the University’s successful Race Equality Charter Bronze Award submission. We are committed to increasing Black students participation in our democratic processes. 

 

However, we know that our Black students don’t have an equitable experience compared to White students. We know we have a lot of work to do in educating ourselves and supporting our black students. We hope that this Black History Month can be the first step towards educating ourselves and our students on anti-racism.

1st - 31st October Social Media Campaign - Celebrating Black Britons Keep your eyes peeled on our social media this October while we share prominent and inspiring Black Britons, both past and present.
Saturday 3rd October: ALL DAY Black Pound Day We're encouraging all our students to buy from Black British businesses for Black Pound Day.
Monday 5th October: ALL DAY BHM Launch: Gossip for Good Send an uplifting message to a fellow Black student letting them know how much you appreciate them! Watch out for updates on the SU website and our social media to get involved.
Tuesday 6th October: 8:30pm-10:45pm Netflix Party Film Screening: Mudbound

Join us on Netflix party for a screening of Mudbound (2017). The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi, each to address PTSD and racism in their own ways. Join us on Zoom at 8:30pm where a link to the Netflix party link will be shared.

Link to event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88204166424

Friday 16th October: 6pm-7:30pm Untangling the Roots: The History of the Natural Hair Movement

Join us for this online conversation and Q&A discussion with haircare influencer Chloé Elliott, founder of Odyssey Box, a bi-monthly haircare subscription box which supports anyone with curls, kinks and coils to explore luxury haircare through small Black-owned British businesses. 

Sharing her own experience and insights alongside a history of the natural hair movement, Chloé will shed light on how Black hairstyling culture goes beyond the hair itself, and is interwoven with the history of colonisation, black oppression and liberation. 

Students are welcome to ask Chloé for haircare advice and tips during our Q&A at the end.

Link to event:  https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5505/

Thursday 22nd October: 6pm-7:30pm Decolonising Gender & Sexuality: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Black History Month 

We're excited to welcome students to this Black History Month workshop with Fope Olaleye, former NUS Black Students' Officer (2019/20), who will be shedding light on the impact of colonisation on trans and non-binary gender identities across the world and the importance of historicising homophobia and transphobia in the Global South. 

Link to event: https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5506/  

Thursday 22nd October:
6:30-9pm
Hidden Figures (2016) Film Screening hosted by Maths Society and SPARK All students are welcome to this film screening of Hidden Figures in K2 between 6:30-9pm. First come, first served.
Friday 23rd October: 4:30pm Crafternoon: Create your own headwrap
with Becki Kremer

Learn about how head wrapping was used as an act of resistance and pride by black women, and make your own head wrap using materials. Materials provided and will be available to collect in advance from the SU reception.

Sign up for a free ticket here: https://keelesu.com/ents/event/5367/ 

Sunday 25th October: 7:30pm-9:45pm Black Panther (2018) Film Screening Join us in the SU Ballroom for a socially-distanced film screening of Black Panther (2018). This event is free entry and first come, first served! 
Thursday 29th October: 5-6pm Am I Enough? BAME Students' Wellbeing Workshop 

 TEDx speaker and Wellbeing coach, Toluwa has spent most of her professional career working with young people around the world, enabling them to make transformative changes in their personal and professional lives as well as their communities. This interactive seminar will be focused on what self-worth, self-love and self-confidence look like for students of colour, with practical tips and wellbeing techniques provided.

The seminar is designed to be a small, intimate online workshop. Providing a space where we can discuss openly, without judgement and without hesitation. We are coming together to learn, to share and most importantly to reflect. 

Join Toluwa on the 29th of October at 5-6pm in this intimate wellbeing seminar, exploring the Topic: ‘Am I Enough?: In celebration of Black History Month. This is one not to be missed!

Book now at: https://www.toluwaoyeleye.com/keeleuniversity