Black History Month 2021 | #ProudToBe

Here at the University of Roehampton we’ll be recognising Black History Month this October with a series of events on campus and online. The theme for Black History Month 2021 is ‘Proud To Be’.  You can find out more here.

You can find the full events list on the staff and student portal. Below is some of the highlights to look out for.

Film Screening: Hidden Figures

Monday 4 October 

The untold story of the African American women who helped win the space race. The film celebrates the contribution of women in science. The film will be followed by a short discussion.

Venue: William Morris Lecture Theatre (Whitelands College)
Time: 6pm-8pm

Zoom link

RSU Black Film Festival – Spiderman Into The Spiderverse

Friday 8 October

Venue: Cinema in Sir David Bell Building
Time: 2pm-6pm
Film: Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

Lecture: Black History, Black Theology and Black Radicalism

Monday 11 October

An exploration of key ideas, individuals, and defining moments in modern diaspora history and experience. The speakers will be Professor Robert Beckford and Dr R. David Muir.

Venue: William Morris Lecture Theatre (Whitelands College)

Time: 6pm-8pm

Zoom link

Film Screening: Mangrove 9

Monday 18 October

Film: Mangrove 9
An episode in Steve McQueen’s five-part film series (Small Axe) for the BBC about a group of British black campaigners tried on charges, including incitement to riot, after demonstrating against police harassment of the Mangrove (a restaurant that had become a meeting place for activists in the 1960s). There will be a short discussion after the film.

Venue: William Morris Lecture Theatre (Whitelands College)
Time: 6pm-8pm

Zoom link

Lecture: Transcending Race & Racism: UK African and Caribbean Community’s Final Frontier?

Monday 25 October

Dr. Joe Aldred will explore the contested ideas of race and racism in Britain and ways in which the black British experience have been formed and disfigured by them. He will also highlight the plight of those who got caught up in the ‘Windrush’ scandal and the lessons to be learnt.

Venue: Whitelands College (William Morris Lecture Theatre and by Zoom)
Time: 6pm-8pm

Zoom link

RSU: Mental Health Panel

Tuesday 26 October

The RSU Black Students’ Officer will be collaborating with the Community & Welfare Officer (Oli Ottoway), Mental Health Officer (Molly Gravestock) and the Asian & Minority Ethnicities Students’ Officer (Ikra Thakkar) alongside a special guest speaker.

Venue: Portrait Room, Grove House (Froebel College)
Time: 2pm-4pm

Throughout October

Reef Reads

Reef Reads is a Southlands College initiative that invites book reviews on reading that celebrates particular moments in our shared life. In October, our Reef Reads focus will be celebrating Black History Month. Contributors will be from our College Team, Business School and Law School. Book reviews will be shared throughout the month via our college social media and the books will also be added to our Reef Read Library (in the Southlands College Social Space known as ‘The Reef’)

Inspired by…

Inspired by… is a Roehampton Chaplaincy initiative that invites short blogs that introduce and celebrate people who have been a particular inspiration to members of the team. In October, our Inspired by… series will celebrate Black History Month and our blogs will be shared via the Chaplaincy Team social media platforms as well as added to our Padlet Page.




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