Black History Month

Black history month was first launched in London in the 1980s, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools.

The dedicated month was envisioned as a way to counter the perceived invisibility of black people and to challenge the negative stereotypes that were often the only manner black people were pictured in popular culture.

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is a festival of celebration which aims to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of black people throughout our history.

Why is Black History Month important?

Black History Month teaches and reminds us of the contribution of black people that is often neglected in History. It is a way to boost recognition and celebrate the achievements of black people in the UK and around the world.

When is it?

We celebrate Black History Month in October every year.

Who can get involved and what can I do to support BHM?

The Union of Students would love all students to get involved with Black History Month. Here are some ways you can:

  • Donate to anti-racism charities
  • Educate yourself on black history and notable black figures and their contributions (you will see boards in Blends)
  • Purchase, read and share books by black authors
  • Check out some of our Black History Month events throughout October

How is the is Union of Students supporting Black History Month?

We aim to represent all students and are core values include equality, diversity, and inclusion. We are encouraging and supporting all students to get involved, as well as sharing our platform to get the voice of our black students heard.

How are you ensuring that the black voice is represented throughout Black History Month and beyond?

We are encouraging the involvement of the African-Caribbean Society and Ethnic minorities Student Officer to ensure that the University’s Black students and Derby’s Black community are represented.


BHM Resources



BHM Events

Black History Month Events

Union of Students Flag Raising for Black History Month
1st October 12:30pm - 1pm
Kedleston Road
To kick-start Black History Month we are raising the Pan-African flag.
EDI – Black History Month
Union of Students Bookies & Cookies
12th October 10am - 2:30pm
Fundraising Event for Black Minds Matter
EDI – Black History Month
Union of Students Cool Runnings at Quad
19th October 5:30pm - 8pm
"Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time! Cool Runnings!"
EDI – Black History Month
Union of Students George the Poet Live
26th October 7pm - 8pm
This very special event will include a poetry reading with commentary from George, as well as an extensive interview and interactive Q&A session.
EDI – Black History Month
Liberation BHM film night: The Hate U Give
27th October 5:30pm - 8pm
Heap Lecture Theatre
Join us for a free screening of The Hate U Give (2018, 12A) as part of Black History Month
EDI – Black History Month
Liberation BHM film night: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
28th October 5:30pm - 8pm
Heap Lecture Theatre
EDI – Black History Month
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