Black History Month 2018

The theme for 2018 is 'Celebrating Great Black British Achievers'.

There will be a collaboration of events across campus to celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black History in general. See details below.


YUSU BAME Network presents: SLAM Poetry Night!

The network invites you to join us for a night of talented poets and musicians. Drinks will be provided. All are welcome no booking required!

Date - Friday 19th October

Time and venue - 18:00-20:00, Norma Rae Gallery (Above Courtyard)


YUSU BAME Network presents: Black Women, White Masks and Higher Education

The Network presents a panel talk on black women in higher education featuring members from the network and Afro-Caribbean Society past and present. All are welcome and no booking is required!

Date - Monday 22nd October

Time and venue - 19:00-20:30, B/M/023 Biology Lecture Hall


Black Liberation Flag Raising

The YUSU BAME network and the University of York Staff Race Equality Forum warmly invite all staff and students to attend this event. Professor Saul Tendler will also join the networks to support the events to mark this month.  Tea and Cakes will be provided.

Date - Wednesday 24 October

Time and venue - 14:30-15:30, Greg's Place

Book - via this Google form


Aretha Franklin: her impact on the success of British black gospel   

What was the Queen of Soul's effect on the world of British Black Gospel? Immersed in the struggle for civil rights, how did this help to affirm the success of Britain's black gospel stars? Join Libby Redman for an interactive seminar as we examine this area and explore the journey of a young gospel singer who became one of the world's most inspirational artists.  

Date - Thursday 25 October

Time and venue - 14:30 to 16:30, E/106 (Jack Lyons Concert, upper floor)

Book - via this Google form


Racism as a virus

Despite over 50 years of race relations law in the UK, reports demonstrate that racial discrimination has not only endured but in some aspects worsened. Thinking about discrimination as a virus, as a social ill that must be addressed at many different levels, may provide a way to address enduring racism. In this talk Professor Solanke suggests that lessons can be learned from public health approaches: just like the flu, racism also needs to be tackled at multiple levels - the individual, the interpersonal, the institutional and the environmental.

Date - Tuesday 30 October

Time and venue - 18:30-19:30, Bowland Auditorium, (Berrick Saul Building)

Tickets - via this eventbrite


Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler - Department of Sociology’s Science Fiction Club  

In Butler's vision of the world in 2026, the US President promises to 'Make America Great Again' by privatising police & fire services, making it legal for citizens to become debtor-serfs to big business, harassing non-Christians and destroying environmental regulations. In a world on fire, water is more expensive than gasoline, and empathy is a dangerous disease. Butler shows how hard, and how essential, it is to fight for hope in a world dominated by ecological disintegration and vicious inequities.

Date - Tuesday 30 October

Time and venue - time TBC, W/222 - Wentworth College

Enquiries and booking - (internal use only)


YUSU BAME Network presents: Fashion Show Saturday

The BAME network would like to invite you to the Black History Fashion Show. This is the perfect chance to relax and immerse yourself in a showcasing of rich Black Culture. In the spirit of this month, we wanted an event in which you could enjoy the beautiful designs and styles of some of the best. Partnering with the Fashion Society to bring you a night full of culture, fire, music and performances so don't miss it. All are welcome and no booking is required!

Date - tbc

Time and venue - tbc

Tickets - via this Eventbrite



Other events being planned: Further details to follow on this page and via Twitter @EqualityatYork


Updated by the Equality and Diversity Office

October 2018

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