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.

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 we have been working with the University to put race equity at the top of the agenda. This year at Keele, we have worked closely with the University to put on a range of events and activities for staff and students to learn more about Black History, celebrate culture and to work towards creating a more inclusive campus for our Black students and staff.

Our Black History Month program features a mixture of online and in-person events and is open to participation by everyone. 

23rd September - 1 November 2021  Becki Kremer Exhibition

London born multi- disciplinary visual artist and digital illustrator, Becki Kremer who now lives in Stoke will showcase her work at Chapters Cafe between 23rd Sept - 1 November.

Please check cafe opening hours here.

Monday 5th October: ALL DAY Kwanzaa Collective in collaboration with Arts Keele: 'She Was a Buffalo Soldier' Dance Workshop 

Ahead of her performance of Tracoband, all are welcome to join this dance workshop with dancer and choreographer Lola Adodo which is inspired by the life of Cathay Williams.  

TRACOBAND is a new dance piece inspire by Cathay Williams, the first African American woman buffalo soldier who enlisted in the United Sates army under the pseudonym of William Cathay. 

Lola Adodo Is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer from New Dance Scopes (https://www.newdancescopes.com/index). She will lead you through this workshop which will introduce the story of Cathay Williams and use physical movement to explore themes from ther life such as, bravey/courage, smart/clever, precision, independence, heaviness and pride. 

There are only 35 spaces for this event! Book it here: https://estore.keele.ac.uk/product-catalogue/arts-keele/visual-arts/she-was-a-buffalo-soldier-dance-workshop-with-lola-adodo 

Thursday 30th September 

5:30-7pm

Kwanzaa Collective x Arts Keele

Meet the Artist: Becki Kremer Exhbition Preview Night 

Location: Chapters Cafe 

London born multi- disciplinary visual artist and digital illustrator, Becki Kremer who now lives in Stoke will showcase her work at Chapters Cafe between 23rd Sept - 1 November. Join Kwanzaa Collective & Arts Keele for a  preview of her exhibition and an opportunity to meet the artist.

Becki’s work is heavily inspired by bold prints, floral patterns, her Caribbean heritage, eyecatching cartoons, and anything kitsch. Becki particularly enjoys loud colour combinations, and is always looking to work with as many varied mediums. Aside from illustration, Becki also regularly work on textile projects, large-scale hand painted murals, and running art workshops with some of the talented arts organisations locally. 

Schedule: 

5.30pm - Tracoband Outdoor performance, Percussion from Adrian Waters and Danny Shaw to accompany

6.00pm - Q&A with Becki Kremer and Lola Adodo 

6.30pm - Adrian Waters and Danny Shaw to lead some percussion, drumming sessions outdoors.

Places are limited! Please book here: https://estore.keele.ac.uk/product-catalogue/arts-keele/visual-arts/becki-kremer-exhibition-preview-night 

Mon 4th Oct, 2021 @ 6:00 - 7:30PM

Living at the Intersection: Race, Disability & Gender (ft. the Triple Cripples) 

Location: Online (Zoom)

Join us for this special online event and Q&A with Jumoke 'Jay' Abdullahi and Kym Oliver, co-founders of The Triple Cripples. 

Frustrated with the lack of representation and unaddressed discrimination faced by Black and non-Black People of Colour living with disabilities, Jumoke joined forces with Kym Oliver and created a platform to increase visibility & highlight the narratives of this “invisible population, within an invisible population” 

With topical videos, spotlight interviews, workshops, talks & lectures on topics ranging from relationships to travel, the loveable duo has gained steady recognition for their insight & charisma. Featured on international platforms (BBC, AJ+, Vogue, Metro), and consulted for their invaluable perspectives in both academic & corporate circles (Oxford University, Cambridge University, Disability Leadership Institute, WOW).  

The Triple Cripples are extremely passionate about eradicating the cultural taboos surrounding illness and disability within the Black community, not just in the UK, but in the global diaspora. The intersections of Race, Gender & Disability are key factors in determining how people experience the world around them. Yet so often, these axes of oppression are overlooked in Disability activism, Feminist agendas & Black liberation movements. The Triple Cripples are here to change that. 

Buy a free ticket here: https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5980/

Mon 11th October 2021 @
6:00 - 7:00PM

Building an Anti-Racist Movement for Climate Justice (ft. Fope Olaleye) 

Location: Online (Zoom)

Climate change is and has always been a racial issue, with those most affected being Black and Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC). While BIPOC have made the smallest contribution to global emissions, they are increasingly forced to bear the consequences of it.  

In this talk, join Keele University and Keele SU for a talk and Q&A with former NUS Black Students’ Officer, Fope Olaleye, who will be shedding light on the climate emergency as a racial issue, and how we can build an anti-racist movement for climate justice. 

Buy a free ticket for the event here: https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5981/

Wed 20th October 2021 @ 5:30 - 7:00PM

Black History Month Book Club with Sophie Thompson Hyland 

Book: Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri 

Author, guardian contributor and BBC race correspondent, Emma Dabiri explores the ways in which black hair has been appropriated and stigmatized throughout history, with ruminations on body politics, race, pop culture, and Dabiri’s own journey to loving her hair.  

This Black History Month Book club discussion of Don’t Touch My Hair will be led by Sophie Thompson Hyland, postgraduate student at Keele, who will open the discussion by looking at key passages and themes from the book. 

This event is limited capacity, and a free booking must be made to attend. Please sign up here: https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5982/ Extracts from the book will be emailed out once a booking has been made.  

Mon 25th October 2021 @ 6:00 - 7:30PM

Black Women Entrepreneurs: Panel event + Q&A

Location: Ground Floor of the SU 

Join us for a panel discussion with the owners of two Black- owned businesses in the UK, Odyssey Box and Omolola Jewellery.  

Chloe, Taiwo and Ope will be sharing the process of following their passion and establishing a business in the UK. Each panelist will discuss the motivations, challenges and joys of being in business. There will be a Q&A at the end, with an opportunity to chat to the speakers 1-2-1.  

Get your free ticket here: https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5983/

Thursday 28th October 2021 @ 7:00 - 9:00PM

Black History Month Halloween Special: Get Out Film Screening 

Location: K2 (First Floor of the SU)

 A Halloween special! Join us as we watch the award-winning Jordan Peele directed film, Get Out. Please note that this film contains scenes that some viewers may find upsetting, 

“IMDB: A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.” 

Get your free ticket here: https://keelesu.com/events/7173/5984/