We Are Black History 2020

 

Hey, I’m Tony your Liberation Officer, and I could not be more proud to announce the start of our We Are Black History campaign! You might be asking (or not) why we changed the name and what it means? Well, this name change came about a few years ago. For us, it gives us black people the ownership of what Black History is. It is more than a month’s celebration and it definitely is more than a tick box exercise.

We want to ensure that black excellence, culture and history is celebrated through the year (not being limited by a month), and that our campaign also reflects the needs of our students on campus and the wider issues that are happening in the world. With the re-occurring issues of racism, police brutality and injustice our community has faced, now more than ever, we should not let our voices be silenced and we should fight so that we get the social justice that we deserve and are owed.

I want us all to remember, that Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives matter, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. You can read our Black Lives Matter statement here. These are not just words, they carry meaning and years of injustice, bias, brutality and many hardships. They also carry the voices of the ones who fought before us, and the work that was done and still has to be done so we can live in a world that sees us as we are.

I’m really excited about what we’re got planned for the year, and I hope you join us on this journey. We’ve got a lot of events and projects coming up, with students’ right at the forefront of making all of this happen. So come and join us, and celebrate black history!

In solidarity,

Tony Magaia,
Your Liberation Officer for 2020/21

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events - October 2020

 

Netflix Party - 13th -  Thursday 1 October at 7pm

To coincide with the launch of Black History Month on campus, we'll be watching 13th on Netflix.

Grab your popcorn and join us, everyone is welcome! 

Click here to join!

Please note - you must have a netflix account to join the party and the google chrome extension.

 

We Are Black History presents I Too Am Leicester Talk

Friday 2 October, 11.30am

Join us for a Black History Month Launch talk with Tony Magaia, your Liberation Officer. This a great opportunity to find out what we’ve got in store and to ask any questions!

Join the talk on Microsoft Teams here.

 

Psychological Impacts of Racial Trauma Workshop, Wednesday 7 October, 4pm

In a world where experiences of racial trauma are trivialised, this session will explore the topic of Racial Trauma, the many implications and how it impact mental health, and how it’s important for us to take this as an issue that we should address and give appropriate support. Delivered by Nessa Banks from Inside Out UK.

Join the event on Microsoft Teams

 

'On Their Shoulders' by Sumaya Ali, Wednesday 7 October, 7pm

A photography exhibition that showcases successful people of colour doing incredible things.

Each of the photographs is accompanied by a personal narrative that sheds light on who they are, what they do and who they believe in black history has influenced their trajectory. 
The objective of the exhibition is to:

  • Demonstrate that despite obstacles, the world is our oyster.
  • Demonstrate a pattern of success. The narrative illustrates that success has been achieved in the past, is being achieved in our lifetime by the participants and therefore can be achieved by anyone.
  • Recognise and pay reverence to those that have paved the way for us.
  • Recognise that we have a responsibility to inspire and uplift those who will come after us.

Donate to the artist’s just giving page that is fundraising for Black Cultural Archives.

Join the event here

 

Netflix Party - Project Power -  Tuesday 13 October at 7pm

Grab your popcorn and join us, everyone is welcome! 

A link to join the party will be added 30 minutes before the party is due to start.

Please note - you must have a netflix account to join the party and the google chrome extension.

 

Black Presence Explored Workshops - Every Tuesday in October, 5.30-7pm

Leicester Museum and Gallery are taking a series of artworks and sculptures depicting black people out of the museum stores and running a project in partnership with a local black poet ‘The Orator’ and Opal22Arts to create responses to these artworks in writing and poetry. There will be 4 workshops across October, each looking at different works of art, will be led by The Orator, and will produce writing that will become new labels for the works on display in the museum.

Limited places. To book your space on Zoom please email Linda Harding. 

 

We Are Black History Podcast: Building a New World, Spotify

This will be a discussion with Fope Olaleye (writer, activist and former NUS Black Students' Officer), Larissa Kennedy (NUS President) and Taiwo Ogunyinka from the Free Black University (FBU). Tune in to this discussion of how we build a world free of structural oppression and violence, one where violence against Black communities is not normalised and where education is an empowering & liberating experience. 

 

 

A Guide to Supporting Black Students Mental Health Workshop, Friday 16 October, 6pm

A discussion hosted by Oge Obioha, co-founder of Minds of People of Colour. This session explores Black identity at University, vulnerability, the strong Black woman trope, as well as how to support your Black friends and peers. The aim is to empower students with the tools to recognise and identify Black trauma, and healthy ways to navigate this through the violence presented during your years in Higher Education.

Join the event on Microsoft Teams.

 

Being Black & Muslim - ISOC and Muslim Engagement & Development, Monday 19 October, 6.30-7.30pm

A panel style event which is being hosted by ISOC and Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND) as part of our We Are Black History campaign. 

This event will be live streamed over on ISOC'S Facebook page.

See you there!

 

Netflix Party with ISOC - 12 Years A Slave, Wednesday 21 October, 9pm

Grab your popcorn and join us, everyone is welcome! 

We'll be watching 12 Years A Slave - you can watch the trailer here.

A link to join the party will be added 30 minutes before the party is due to start.

Please note - you must have a netflix account to join the party and the google chrome extension.

 

Black Muslims Exist - Video by ISOC, Thursday 22 October

ISOC will be releasing a video featuring Black Muslims from across campus. We'll be sharing this across our channels so keep a look out for it!

 

Historical Black Muslim Figures - ISOC, Friday 23 October

ISOC will be releasing an online campaign to highlight the contributions of Historical Black Muslim figures as part of our We Are Black History campaign.

This will be shared across our media channels - follow ISOC.

 

Special guest Ogechi Obioha, Monday 26 October, 5-6pm

Join Ogechi Obioha, the former UoL Students' Union President to discuss the key to her success, her heritage as a proud British black young woman and her vision and plans for the future. Join us in conversation with Oge and the rest of the Health Sciences Athena Swan EDI Team. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Open to staff and students.

Register for the event here

 

Black Owned Businesses Series - it’s OUR time, Monday 26 Oct - Friday 30 Oct

A series of discussions taking place across the week with our very own Leicester students, who have started businesses, sharing their experiences, challenges and goals, and what the future looks like for future entrepreneurs. We'll be having three discussions this week, covering:

  • Black Owned Businesses - Youtubers
  • Black Owned Businesses - Podcasters
  • Black Owned Businesses - Variety of businesses

These events will be live streamed live via our Youtube and Facebook.

We can't wait to see you there! We'll be confirming dates and times very soon.

 

Netflix Party - The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson -  Tuesday 27 October at 7pm

Grab your popcorn and join us, everyone is welcome! 

A link to join the party will be added 30 minutes before the party is due to start.

Please note - you must have a netflix account to join the party and the google chrome extension.

 

Inspirational Black Leaders, Tuesday 27 October, 3-5pm

The Career Development Service has brought together a panel of inspirational black leaders from sector leading organisations to share unique stories about their journey to leadership positions

  • Be inspired and motivated by their struggles and successes as they share their top tips for career success
  • Learn about employment opportunities in organisations who recognise the value of and who are committed to recruiting from a diverse background.
  • Ask questions to panel members on anything related to careers, leadership and employability. Questions can be posed directly, or via the chat function on Microsoft Teams

This is a unique opportunity for black students from the University of Leicester as part of Black History Month.

Panellists

  • Holly Franks, American Express (Manager PMO - Global Capacity & Contact Management)
  • Johnson Adeyanju, Bright Network (Business Development Manager)
  • James John, Cognizant (Senior Graduate Recruitment & Early Careers Recruiter)
  • Lamin Kassama, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car (Area Manager)
  • Ama Ankobia, GSK (Finance Business Partner, Future Leaders)
  • Rochelle McDonald, Sky (Diversity & Event Res Partner)
  • Freddie SackeyAddo, Tesco (Store Manager)

University of Leicester Alumni

  • Linda Kasonde, Commonwealth Lawyers Association
  • Michelle Codrington-Rogers, President of NASUWT

Book your space via My Careers

Please note, this event is only open to students who identify as black.

 

Night of Culture Video Launch - Friday 30 October

This time we’re going digital. An evening filled with performances and celebrating black culture, with students showcasing their talents! This video will be shown through Leicester Union socials - keep an eye out!

Follow us on:

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

 

Black Owned Businesses Series - it’s OUR time, Timings TBC

A series of discussions taking place across the week with our very own Leicester students, who have started businesses, sharing their experiences, challenges and goals, and what the future looks like for future entrepreneurs. We'll be having three discussions this week, covering:

  • Black Owned Businesses - Youtubers
  • Black Owned Businesses - Podcasters
  • Black Owned Businesses - Variety of businesses

These events will be live streamed live via our Youtube and Facebook.

We can't wait to see you there! We'll be confirming dates and times very soon.

 

Check out our Team Leicester Black Athletes Showcase here

 

 

As part of  We Are Black History we commissioned a University of Leicester student to create artwork for rhe campaign. This illustration was designed by Ella Akrofi.

 

 

 

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