Bucks Black History Month

In October 2020, Buckinghamshire New University held a series of events to celebrate Black History Month.

Eight different events hosted by the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network educated and entertained over 450 staff and students, encouraging them to discuss why racial division exists and what can be done to address it. There were sessions on the Black Lives Matter movement, decolonising curriculums, and how higher education can advance racial equality. The lively Radio Black played songs by famous Black musicians and speeches from eminent Black orators.

Following the events, attendees reflected on how the events improved their understanding of Black culture and history, improved their understanding of the individual and societal challenges faced by BAME communities, and how they would do further learning or take personal actions going forward.

University staff visited Cressex Community School in High Wycombe to discuss Black History Month and the Black Lives Matter movement with year 10 students. The students were highly engaged and asked a range of questions before signing their own pledges on how they would work towards equality going forward. You can watch the highlights in this brilliant video by the University’s Film Maker Fredrick Iyeh‍.

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Some staff also shared a series of testimonials about their personal experiences and views of Black history and culture. You can read these in the digital booklet below.