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Black History Month celebrations 2016

Monday 17 October 2016

October is Black History Month!  Black History Month began as ‘Negro History Week,’ which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a prominent African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher.

In the UK Black History Month was first launched in 1987 by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo of the Greater London Council (GLC). The GLC nominated October as the Black History Month, to coincide with the Marcus Garvey celebrations and London Jubilee. 

QMUL will be celebrating the histories and culture of Black and ethnic minority communities with a comprehensive range of events which include:

  • Nominate your Black History Icon – who has inspired you? A teacher, political leader, religious figure, celebrity, fictional character, community activist, literary figures or corporate leaders? Please forward your nominations to hr-equality@qmul.ac.uk. All nominations will be posted on the Diversity website during Black History Month
  • Dr Reuben Loffman, will deliver a talk on ‘Life under Mubutu’ at QMUL History society on Thursday 27 October at 6.30pm in Arts One Lecture Theatre
  • Ground will be playing Black inspired music throughout the month of October

There will be a number of displays across campus of black icons though the passage of time. Please visit www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/equality/index to find out more about Black History Month on campus and within your local community.

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