Black History Month 2020
Throughout Black History Month we will celebrate the culture, history and achievements of black communities. It 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.
(*Image of Dr Rollock - left, top row - copyright: Elliott Franks)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are key to our culture of care and at the core of how we work with all members of our community.
We seek to develop further as a learning organisation and as the best possible place to work and study, to be a ‘Community of Great People’ and to ‘provide an excellent education and experience’ for all our colleagues and students.
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REMEMBERING DAVID | A blog dedicated to the memory of David Oluwale
This site is the result of a project undertaken by final year history students at Leeds Beckett University. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of David Oluwale, a Nigerian man who was found dead in the River Aire in 1969.
Exploring uncomfortable truths around race
Leeds Beckett University academics have launched a podcast series exploring uncomfortable truths around race as they educate listeners about how racism operates across a range of areas. Talking Race was co-created by Dr Daniel Kilvington and Professor Vini Lander who hope to inspire positive change by offering an honest, informed discussion around race.
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY | A website dedicated to the history Of Malcolm X
As part of their digital history module, students from The School of Cultural Studies and Humanities have created a website dedicated to collecting and sharing any information relating to the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabbaz; better known to most as Malcolm X.
Transforming health inequality
Dr Maria Maynard’s research focuses on health inequalities. She talks about the factors that affect health and those groups that suffer poorer health because of those factors.
MSc Responsible Tourism Management, 2012
Honorary Doctor of the University, 2019
“On this Black History Month, our vote is our voice. Our voice is our call for progressive change! We must value it and not take it for granted! Always vote for progress!”
Kadeena Cox MBE
Honorary Doctor of the University, 2017
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science 2013
Paralympic double gold medallist
“I celebrate Black History Month to showcase the work of my ancestors that fought for the equality we have today and to remind people that even though we are in 2020, we still have a long way to go. Therefore, we need to continue to highlight inequalities and fight for change.”
Col Dame Kelly Holmes MBE
Honorary Doctor of Sport Science, 2005
“In this current climate it is important that we talk more about diversity and Inclusion, and what a great month to bring this subject to light.”
MA Performance Works, 2010
Honorary Doctor of Arts 2019
“We often forget the poignant voices of those who act to and speak their truth. Celebrating Black History in the month of October is one way to spotlight creative contributions from Black people whom have positively impacted British culture.”
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BA (Hons) Film & Moving Image Production, 2006
“Education is key to life. It expands horizons, and brings opportunities you’d not imagined before. Coming from the heart of Africa, where indigenous tribes carry on their ancient traditions, remembering our ancestors and understanding our roots is a way of life.”
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, 2016
“With everything that has happened in 2020, I urge you to use this Black History Month to become more educated on the issues of inequality and discrimination in our society, and to celebrate the Black Leaders, past and present who sacrificed so much for positive change.”