Black History

Edge Hill University is committed to diversity, inclusivity and fostering a sense of belonging where all of its community are valued – principles that are being spotlighted during Black History Month.

This year’s Black History Month events, workshops, exhibitions and resources aim to enhance awareness, champion equality, diversity and inclusion, highlight support and to celebrate Black joy and achievements.

In the videos below, Dr John Cater and Dr Jane Moore welcome you to the beginning of Black History month:

Find out more on the Black History Month websiteNational Museums Liverpool website and follow the conversation on Twitter.

“During this year’s Black History Month, Edge Hill University is drawing attention to the continued need for everyone in society to identify and challenge racism wherever it arises. As an institution founded on principles of inclusivity and diversity, we are committed to raising awareness and using education as a means to help our students, learn more about black culture and to celebrate the contribution that the black community have made to our University, Britain and the world. However, exploring these principles isn’t confined to just one month in October. That’s why on top of events marking the month, we have events planned in November and December and are carrying this agenda through to 2022, to keep up the momentum and to continue championing inclusivity and diversity.”

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor, Edge Hill University

Show racism the red card

Director of the Institute for Social Responsibility, Professor Jo Crotty, who is co-organising Black History Month events, has said:

“Sadly, the racism that followed England’s defeat in the European Championship shows that education with regards to race and ethnicity is still badly needed. It is therefore incumbent on us all to recognise this and work towards tackling racism head on with the ultimate aim of creating a more equal world, accepting of ethnic diversity and difference. We hope everyone taking part in Edge Hill’s programme of events comes away empowered and more aware of these issues than before.”

Show Racism The Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity. They aim to combat racism through enabling role models, who are predominately but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racist message to young people and others. Show Racism The Red Card acknowledges that racism changes, as do the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK. Our message and activities therefore need to be able to respond to such changes as and when appropriate.

You can show your support by making a donation to our JustGiving page.

Events

Black History was considered across several discussions, debates, and performances from international, national, and local experts from October – December. Any upcoming events will be added to this page.

Windrush Day – 22 June

Recorded events

Past events

Resources

Books, websites, films, television and radio

There are a wide range of books available that focus on the themes of Black History. Staff have put together a reading list including fiction and non-fiction books which are available to read online or can be downloaded. You will also find here a list of recommended websites, films, TV and Radio.

TED talks

Visit the TED website to watch insightful talks that offer fresh, thoughtful perspectives on Black identity.

Podcasts

Visit the BBC website and listen to interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history.

Blogs and websites

See more blogs on the Stonewall website.

Equality human rights commission

Tackling racial harassment: Universities challenged (full report)

Universities UK

Support

If you are affected by any of the topics shared throughout Black History Month or beyond, then you can access our wellbeing and counselling service for students and staff. We also subscribe to Togetherall, which is a free online mental health support service for students and staff.

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