1st October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK. This year, the Students’ Union is commemorating the month with a diverse programme of online and in-person events. Our events programme, led by our amazing student leaders, groups and societies, will focus on elevating and celebrating the voices of our Black students. Through talks, discussions, exhibitions and performances, it will showcase various aspects of Black history from the UK and beyond, and open up vital conversations and debates. Join us for a month of community outreach, cultural education and celebration of Manchester’s Black student community!

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Steve Biko Online Exhibition

1st October 2020 - 31st October 2020

Find out more about the namesake of the University of Manchester Students' Union, the Revolutionary anti-Apartheid leader, philosopher and activist, Steve Biko. The People's Engagement Collective invite you to revisit their digital exhibition from last year!

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Brilliant and Black' with Gary Younge

1st Oct 2020 / 2pm - 4pm

The University will be welcoming Professor of Sociology, award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist Professor Gary Younge, to deliver this year’s keynote lecture titled ‘The Fire This Time’ – a look at the current state of race equality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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My Story Online Exhibition

5th Oct 2020 - 31st Oct 2020

Never Taught in School presents the My Story Exhibition - a collection of stories from students of African and Caribbean descent. Oral history is an important part of African culture and is slowly being lost. 'My Story' aims to preserve this tradition whilst also promoting Afro-Caribbean culture in a positive light.

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Rafiki: Movie screening

8th Oct 2020 / 6pm - 8pm

Join UoM QTIPOC for a movie afternoon on International Lesbian day. They will be screening Rafiki, a heartbreaking love story between two Kenyan women who challenge the societal anti LGBTQ+ norms in East Africa.

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BME Craft Corner

14th Oct 2020 / 3pm - 5pm

Meet with other BME students and make a fun craft at this relaxed meet-up. Craft materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along your own stuff too! Open to any student who identifies as black and minority ethnic.

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75th Pan-African Congress Commemoration

18th Oct 2020 / 10am - 3pm

Come to this virtual event to continue the conversations that underpinned the Fifth Pan African Congress that took place in Manchester in 1945, and learn about the realities of colonialism and inequality that still exist in our society today. Expect informative discussion, poetry and performance!

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Racial Bias in Science and Technology

21st Oct 2020 / 6pm - 7pm

Join your SU's BME Part Time Officers for a discussion on the racial biases in the fields of science and technology.

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Panel Discussion: Where next for the BLM movement?

22nd Oct 2020 / 5pm - 7pm

Come along to this debate and discussion about the future of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Blackness and Language

26th Oct 2020 / 7pm - 9pm

Come along to this challenging conversation corner hosted by our Afro Caribbean society to discuss the relationship between Blackness and Language.

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Being Black and LGBT+: Coming Out

28th Oct 2020 / 4pm - 6pm

Join UoM QTIPOC for an open discussion on the complexities of coming out, being black and LGBT+. This event seeks to address the intricacies, anxiety and challenges of coming out in traditional Black households via informal conversations between participants.

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Black History Month #UMSUBHM2020 is going to be on a whole different level! We are going to make sure that it’s more involving as it will be led by students and societies, informative through diverse conversation corners, educational as we will explore community outreach, and fun as we will indulge in dance, poetry, paying homage to music of Black origin, and sampling global cuisines inspired by Black people and culture. Everybody is welcome to be part of this great month!

Yueru Du, Liberation and Access officer & Carol Tiriongo, Activities and Development Officer

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