Black Panther speaks

November 2nd, 2014

A former Black Panther spoke about her experiences of activism at the University during Black History Month.

JoNina Abron Ervin discussed her book Driven by the Movement, which is based on interviews with black power activists, in a public lecture on University Park.

The lecture is part of a month long series of events celebrating black culture, people and history at the University.

This included a  Black History Month film festival, with Screenings of The Help and Freedom Song followed by talks by Professor Sharon Monteith and Professor Zoe Trodd from the Department of American and Canadian Studies.

David Blight, Professor of American History at Yale University, is giving a public lecture, American Oracle? Remembering the Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, on Wednesday 16 October. This lecture marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Professor Blight is the Director of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.

Professor Cecile Wright, honorary lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, is delivering a public lecture,  Black Youth, Neo-Liberalism, Possibilities and Limitations of Individual Agency and Resistance, on Wednesday 30 October.

The University website is hosting a Black History Month blog, which details events taking place across the University throughout October. It will also feature profiles from members of The University of Nottingham BME (black and minority ethnic) Network. They will answer questions on their life, work, and how they feel about Black History Month.

For more information on the events taking place at the University during Black History Month visit

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