Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in October 1987. Over 30 years later, it's become a time to celebrate the culture and contributions of Black Britons, as well as the African diaspora around the world.
Whether you’re a student or a member of staff, you can help us celebrate by contributing to our Black History Month Recommendations list. Tell us about your favourite culture by black and minority ethnic artists and creators - whether it's films or TV shows, books, music, theatre, or anything else you want others to know about – and say a little something about why you’re recommending it. Did it highlight something important, or make you think about things from a different perspective? Did it make you feel empowered? Or is it a great piece of culture you think others would enjoy?
Make your submission by October 16th for consideration for our list, to be launched on October 26th!
Throughout October we are also sharing activities happening online run by different community groups as well as highlighting influential BAME people. On Tuesday 13th at 7pm we are running a film screening event with another Scottish charity. The film is 'Cooked: Survival by Zip Code', a one hour documentary looking at the Chicago heatwave of 1995 where 739 people lost their lives - with the majority of these deaths being in black communities. This leads to a critique of disasters: what counts as a disaster; national disaster preparedness; and who has the privilege to prepare for such events. If you would like to watch this film with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
On 28th of October we will have a day jam packed with content and activities from different curriculum areas of the College as well as live content from our full-time officers and a previous student. This will be hosted on Facebook, so keep your eyes peeled for more information to come!