Black History Month 2015


October highlights Black History Month which celebrates the contribution black people have made to UK society.

BU, in collaboration with a host of other local organisations, has created a programme of events for students to enjoy, taking place both on and off campus.

Events being hosted by BU include:

Wednesday 14 October: Black History Month Soiree – Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Equality in Sport and Classical Music Race

Black History Month Soiree is co-hosted by BU Equality and Diversity and Black British Academics.Β 

This evening includes a number of speakers:

  • Humour as Defence: Black Coaches, Micro-aggressions and Racism – Professor Kevin Hylton
  • Heroines of Opera: Democratising the Art of Opera Writing and Performance – Dr Shirley Thompson
  • Anti-racism in British Football – Bournemouth Kick-it-out Group
  • Pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy – Dr Deborah Gabriel and Aisha Richards

For full details and to book onto this event, please head to Eventbrite.

Thursday 29 October: Race Relations Act 50 Years on, with Baroness Lawrence

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE is an anti-racism campaigner and Labour peer. Last year she was named the most powerful woman in the country in a list drawn up for BBC Woman’s Hour.

An advocate for justice, Baroness Lawrence has been effective in the change of laws in the UK. She will provide a personal perspective on her experiences, whilst reflecting on changes to UK Relations legislation over the last 50 years, focusing on the arrival of the Windrush and changes to several Race Relations Acts throughout the years.

For full information, and to book your place, please head to Eventbrite.

Other events will be taking place off-campus for Black History Month, including:

  • Old Skool Reggae Night
  • She Called Me Mother
  • Let’s Kick Racism out of Football
  • Thomas Foxwell Buxton Society

For full details and to book onto any of these events, please go to Eventbrite.


The Black History Month 2015 programme is a result of collaboration between:

– Bournemouth University
– Bournemouth Borough Council
– Black British Academics
– Borough of Poole
– Dorset County Council
– Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
– Dorset Police Crime Commissioner
– Dorset Police
– Dorset Race Equality Council
– Healthwatch Dorset, South-West Multicultural Network
– Women’s Academic Network (WAN)