October 13th, 2015
The University of Nottingham is celebrating Black History Month 2015 with music, public lectures, film screenings and much more.
Throughout October, the University will run a diverse range of events focussing on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) culture, history and people. Almost all of these events will be free, and are open to the local community as well as students and staff.
Celebrate, discover, learn
Highlights from this year’s programme include:
For a full events programme and information on how to register for individual events, have a look at the poster gallery on the blog.
“Nothing can be changed until it is faced”
This year marks the third of the University’s annual Black History Month celebrations, and offers the opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements of BME communities.
Val Watson, Chair of the University’s BME Network, said: “When I think about Black History Month, I think of the quote from American novelist James Baldwin: ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced’. Baldwin is a favourite writer of mine who inspired me to take pride and responsible ownership of my history and ethnicity. I first came across his work by chance as a naïve 12 year old and his work, ideas, words and life story has inspired and challenged me intermittently throughout my adolescence occasionally coming back to me as I get older.
“This quote aptly describes the need for Black History Month both as a challenge and celebration. However, it is important to recognise that every month is Black History Month.”
Don’t miss out
For updates throughout October, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the University’s mailing list. You can also use #NottsBHM to join the conversation on social media, and visit the University’s dedicated Black History Month blog for news, profiles and more: blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/blackhistorymonth
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