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Black History Month was first launched in the UK in the 1980s to challenge racism and increase awareness of black British history. It is now an annual celebration of history, achievements and contributions of black people.

Several teams across the University, including the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, the BAME Network, the University of Southampton Student Union (SUSU) and the Festival team at the Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu), have come together to create a month of online events to enjoy from the safety of your home.

This programme's aim is to celebrate cultural diversity, raise awareness of challenges which Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups face in our lives, and identify ways to overcome challenges as well as to promote good practice.

Universi-Tea... Of Southampton: The Dragon Bearing Historian

John Hansard Gallery Presents Larry Achiampong: Reliquary 2

Thursday, October 1st 2020

Writers In Conversation: Jamaican-born Fiction Writer Donna Hemans

Monday, October 12th 2020

In Conversation With David Brauner And Bryan Cheyette: Black-Jewish Relations In American Literature

Tuesday, October 13th 2020

An Interview With Nahem Shoa

Wednesday, October 14th 2020

BEYOND "There Is Always A Black Issue Dear" | Film Screening And Q&A Session

Tuesday, October 20th 2020

Sexual Health Among Black And Minority Ethnic Groups *

Thursday, November 12th 2020

Writers In Conversation: Screenwriter Stephen Thompson On Adapting Windrush Story *

Monday, November 16th 2020

Larry Achiampong: In Conversation *

Friday, November 20th 2020

* New events running during Human Worlds Festival

Other events that took place during the October 2020 programme included:

  • Let's Equalise Our Antiracist Language (7 October, 12:00 BST)
  • Lou Taylor | History Of Black History Month In Southampton (14 October, 12:00 BST)
  • Black Southampton: Local History In Global Perspective (20 October, 18:00 BST)
  • F.T. Prince Memorial Lecture With Tjawangwa Dema (27 October, 19:00 GMT)
  • Black History Matters: In Conversation With Don John (29 October, 18:00 GMT)