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Black History Month 2019

Black History Month provides a wonderful opportunity to honour the often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons throughout history.

Leeds Beckett University is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable working and learning environment that values equality and diversity. Black History Month is an integral part of the university’s calendar of events and supports efforts to develop long-term cultural and institutional change, whilst celebrating the contribution of our staff, students and alumni.

Charles Egbu

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Emily Zobel-Marshall


Sharon Watson

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Charles Egbu



Yona Knight-Wisdon



Fish, Chips and Jerk Sauce: The Growth of British Caribbean Carnival Right Arrow

10 October 2019

As part of a series of events recognising Black History Month, Tola Dabiri will examine how over the past fifty years, Caribbean Carnival has become an established annual event in towns and cities across Britain.

Annual Race Lecture 2019 - Amatey Doku Right Arrow

16 October 2019

"The Black Attainment Gap: Viewing the student experience through a race lens"

Join us for an evening of food and conversation with Amatey Doku. As Universities are set targets by the Office for Students for the first time to close the BME Attainment gap, we’ll explore the scale of the challenge facing the Higher Education sector. 

Anansi and Brer Rabbit: The Trans-Atlantic Trickster in Black Histories Right Arrow

17 October 2019

As part of a series of events to recognise Black History Month, this talk offers a unique insight into the cultural significance of the Brer Rabbit and Anansi trickster figures, tracing them from their African roots, examining their role on the plantations as resistance figures and exploring their profound influence on contemporary culture.

Dispatches from 1842: George Thompson, Moses Grandy and the Sociology of Knowledge Right Arrow

23 October 2019

This Black History Month Research Seminar will be presented by Christy Hyman, a PhD student at Huskers University in the USA. The talk will explore the origin of the liberatory imagination that culminated in the production of knowledge exchange between abolitionist George D. Thompson and formerly enslaved mariner Moses Grandy.

Unspoken #BlackSafeSpace Right Arrow

23 October 2019

Join us to watch clips from across both series of Unspoken and to listen to a conversation between Shona Hunter and CiCi around the relationship of the series to the historical resistance strategies of Black people in Britain and on the experience of establishing a Black woman led media initiative like Unspoken.

Unspoken trailer

An evening with 10 Spoken Words Right Arrow

24 October 2019

10 Spoken Words are a spoken word improv collective who explore issues surrounding identity, diaspora, and social inequality. In this evenings event we engage with the impetus to create which drives the artistic process for 10 Spoken Words. We explore the relationship to this process and the histories of race, racism, migration and the contemporary British experience.

Listen to 10 Spoken Words material

An Imperial Education: African Students in Victorian Britain Right Arrow

24 October 2019

As part of a series of events to recognise Black History Month, this talk will consider the experiences of Africans and people of African descent who travelled to and resided in Britain for educational purposes in the nineteenth century.

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