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Please find below information about Equality and Diversity Events at Queen Mary.

Events 2017

Black History Month Celebrations 2017

October is Black History Month and QMUL will be celebrating the histories and culture of Black and ethnic minority communities with a comprehensive range of events.

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. It became a month-long celebration in February 1976 to coincide with the birthdays of historical figures Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It was later adopted and celebrated in Canada and the UK.

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.

Black History Month, highlights and celebrates the hidden history and contributions of African and Caribbean individuals and communities both past and present. It is seen by some as a vehicle for having Black History incorporated into the educational system and view it as just important as European History.

The following events are taking place to mark Black History Month:

BHM Movie Night: Hidden Figures

We will be taking you to Hampton Virginia to look at the journey of three African-American women who helped put man on the moon. There will be popcorn!

Thursday 12 October, 6-9pm, Alfred Hitchcock Theatre Arts one, Tickets are free. Register via

Food stall: Leah’s Kitchen

Leah’s Kitchen on campus selling delicious Caribbean food! There will be student meal deals and lots of yummy food to try! There will also be a union stall, stop by and talk to us about our upcoming events and Black History Month!

Tuesday 17 October, 12pm, Library Square

Nandos Stall

Join us in Library Square with Nandos! Nandos is Afro Portuguese inspired. South African born. They’ll be offering free goodies so make sure you come along! There will also be a union stall, make sure you stop by and talk to us about our upcoming events.

18 October, 12pm, Library Square

Black History Month Debate

This debate will be loosely structured in order to allow audience participation. We will be discussing the following topics: Race and Sexuality: Is the black community homophobic? Why does the black community downplay black mental health struggles? ‘Religion has brainwashed the black community’ discuss. These topics are highly sensitive

Thursday 19 October, 6pm, Blomeley 2

BHM Dance Party!

This class will take you to the root of the Afro-Latin moves that inspire Britain’s favourite fitness dance class, Zumba! Come and learn a fun routine and dance away your worries. This is a dance party so you do not need to have any dance experience to join in on the fun!

Wednesday 25 October, 6-7.30pm, BLSA Dance Studio (Whitechapel Campus)

Let’s talk about Race

Come and join members of the Diversity and Inclusion Team and the Students Union in a safe environment as we start to have the conversation about Race Equality at QMUL. Staff and Students are welcomed.

Come and hear about:

  • what we are currently doing regarding Race Equality
  • our intention to take part in the Race Equality Charter Mark
  • how and what you can do to get involved

Sessions are being held as follows:

Mile EndWhitechapelCharterhouse Square
Monday 16 October 2017
1-2pm, Blomeley 1  
25 October 2017
1.2pm, The Study Room, BLSA Building, WCH   
Wednesday 18 October 2017
6-7pm, Shield 2
Monday 16 October 2017
Time: 5.30-7pm, Bancroft 1.08 
  Friday 20 October 2017
Time: 1-2pm, CHSQ, Rotblat, G.06 

No need to book. Come and join the conversation and help make a difference.


For more information contact the Diversity and Inclusion team:

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