October is Black History Month, a time when the achievements, culture and struggles of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people are recognised and celebrated throughout the country. 2017 is a particularly important year marking the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Race Staff Forum is set to celebrate Black History Month 2017 with the following events:
- Wednesday 18th October 1pm-3pm Geoffrey Manton Atrium
Pop up library – we will have books on Slavery, Civil Rights, and Black Power run by students and the Library. It will also focus on key individuals throughout black history.
Screening of ‘Birth of a Nation’ film (in Lecture Theatre 4, Geoffrey Manton)
A 2016 American period drama film based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.
Refreshments and cakes will be available for students and staff.
- Tuesday 24th October 2017 4pm-6pm Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton
Screening of: ‘Partition 1947’
This is a British-Indian historical drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha released this year to mark India’s 70th Independence Day from British rule. The movie attempts to tell us the untold story behind Partition.
Wednesday 25th October 2017 4pm-6pm Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton
Screening of: ‘The Stuart Hall Project’
The Stuart Hall Project is a 2013 British film written and directed by John Akomfrah centred on cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who is regarded as one of the founding figures of the New Left and a key architect of Cultural Studies in Britain.
- Thursday 26th October 2017 4pm-6pm Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton
Screening of: ‘The Hounding Of David Oluwale’
Relaying the story of the death of David Oluwale: a British Nigerian who drowned in a river in West Yorkshire in 1969. The events leading to his drowning have been described as “the physical and psychological destruction of a homeless, Black man whose brutal, systematic harassment was orchestrated by the Leeds city police force.” Oluwale’s death resulted in the first successful prosecution of British police officers for involvement in the death of a Black person.
We welcome staff and students to come along and experience these fantastic and thought-provoking activities. Any queries, please contact: the Equality & Diversity Team:
T: 0161 247 6494 E: Equalities@mmu.ac.uk