Black History Month – Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger

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 website, National 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.

Show your support for Wear Red Day by downloading the “I am supporting Wear Red Day card”, wear red on Friday 22 October 2021 and make a donation to our JustGiving page.


Black History will be considered across several discussions, debates, and performances from international, national, and local experts. Please use the links below to book your place at these events.

Speaking Up and Speaking Out Our Truths – a Workshop for Black and Minority Ethnic Staff and Students
Wednesday 6 October, 2021, 12pm – 2pm
Business School, Edge Hill University

This session will be hosted by Dr Joy Gana-Inatimi and aims to provide a safe and open space for Black and other minority students and staff to share their lived experiences. We are encouraging sharing these experiences so we can identify issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed as individuals and as a community.

A member of the University’s Wellbeing and Counselling service will attend this session, in case anyone is affected by the discussions or wants to learn more about the wellbeing support we offer for both students and staff.

Please note this event is for Edge Hill University staff and students only.

An Evening With…Professor David Olusoga OBE
Wednesday 6 October 2021, 5pm – 6pm

If you are unable to attend our event with David Olusoga at the end of November, book onto this online event which is hosted by the University of Bedfordshire.

Black British history is now widely recognised as an integral part of British history and Black History Month has become a huge national event. The University of Bedfordshire is proud to host Professor David Olusoga OBE as he reveals the absence of Black history and Black role models in Britain’s education and explores how Black Britons stamped their presence and their experiences onto the British national story over the past 50 years.

An audience with Professor Charles Egbu
Thursday 7 October 2021, 1pm – 2pm

Professor Charles Egbu of Leeds Trinity University is thought to be the UK’s first black university Vice-Chancellor, and he will be speaking about his journey to becoming the Vice-Chancellor, in the context of BME underrepresentation in higher education. This event has been organised in collaboration with the Race Equality Network (REN).

Training session: Show Racism the Red Card
Monday 11 October 2021, 1pm – 2pm

This training session will give you a brief introduction to Show Racism the Red Card, give outline definitions of what racism is, how you how we can recognise racism in the world around us and there will be time for 5-10 Q&A session.

You can join the meeting (even if you haven’t booked) on Microsoft Teams.

Please note this event is for Edge Hill University staff and students only.

Audience with Michael Gunning: ‘I’m proud to be a black swimmer’
Thursday 14 October 2021, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Michael Gunning is an international competitive swimmer best known for participating in the 200m butterfly event. He holds dual Jamaican and British citizenship.  As a black, gay man, Michael has an opportunity to be a powerful role model.  He hopes to show other people that no matter your gender, your race or your sexuality, there should be equality for all.

Please note this event is for Edge Hill University staff and students only.

The Role of the Arts, Arts Therapies, and Psychotherapies in Supporting Mental Health in Black and Allied Communities
Friday 15 October 2021, various times

Edge Hill University staff and students are invited to a day of activities organised by the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing that will explore the role of the arts, art therapies and psychotherapies play in the lives of many people in helping to express diversity and learning how the arts and dance therapy can heal racial trauma. The day will feature discussions, debates, and performances from international, national, and local experts, including spoken-word, silhouette and movement performances that convey the energy and emotions that underpin Black History Month. Use the links below to book your place at any of these sessions:

David Hearn: Liverpool & Slaveryan illustrated presentation covering all aspects of Liverpool’s involvement in slavery together with Liverpool’s legacy of slavery
Monday 18 October 2021, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

David is an alumni of Edge Hill University and the author of ‘The Slave Streets of Liverpool’ – an investigation of the stories behind some 100 street names in Liverpool and the Wirral and their connection with slavery. Also, ‘27th June 1793 – One Day in the Liverpool Slave Trade’ – which examines articles and advertisements in a Liverpool newspaper for a single day when Liverpool’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade was at its height.

Diverse Voices: Minority Ethnic Alumni Panel
Tuesday 19 October 2021, 4pm – 5.10pm

This event is a roundtable discussion about the lived experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. The panel features alumni from various backgrounds: Claire Beerjeraz, Ngunan Adamu & J Chambers, who will be talking about their lives after University. Their career journeys, achievements, and reflecting on their experiences of jobhunting and the workplace while navigating personal challenges.

Staff Book Club: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Wednesday 20 October 2021, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Join staff to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Please note this event is for Edge Hill University staff and students only.

Film Screening of Wilmington on Fire and Q&A with Director, Chris Everett
Thursday 21 October 2021, 5.30pm – 8.15pm
Creative Edge, Edge Hill University

Edge Hill’s International Centre on Racism are hosting a screening of a new and deeply impactful film about Black History. Wilmington on Fire is directed by African American director Chris Everett and documents events that took place in the U.S. in 1898 when a white mob attacked the black-governed city of Wilmington, North Carolina. Following the film there will be a live Q&A with the director Chris via video link.

‘Liverpool 8’: The 1981 Uprising, a Commemoration
Sunday 24 October 2021, 12pm – 5pm
Museum of Liverpool

Join us for an afternoon of discussion, performance and photography reflecting on the events of 1981 in this 40th anniversary year. With national activists, artists and commenters, we will remember the uprisings and consider their legacies and lessons for a new generation of Black Lives Matter and other anti-racist activists today.

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney: A conversation with Okechukwu Nzelu (online event via MS Teams)
Tuesday 26 October 2021. 5pm – 6.30pm

Lancaster University are hosting an  online audience with Okechukwu Nzelu as part of their Black History Month celebrations. In this session, Okechukwu Nzelu will read and discuss his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney.

Learning, Living and Working Better Together
Wednesday 27 October 2021, 12pm – 2pm
Business School, Edge Hill University

A follow-up workshop hosted by Dr Joy Gana-Inatimi to share the findings about the lived experiences of Black and minority students and staff.  The purpose of the workshop is to have solution focused discussions about how we as individuals and as a community can work collaboratively to address the issues raised by the narrative of our lived experiences.

A member of the University’s Wellbeing and Counselling service will attend this session, in case anyone is affected by the discussions or wants to learn more about the wellbeing support we offer for both students and staff.

Please note this event is for Edge Hill University staff and students only.

Professor David Olusoga
Friday 26 November 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm
Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

Celebrating diversity doesn’t start and end with Black History Month. Edge Hill’s commitment is carried through to November when noted historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker Professor David Olusoga will be delivering a public lecture followed by a Q&A session.

Dr Onyeka NubiaCreating an Inclusive Pedagogy
Wednesday 1 December 2021, 2pm – 4pm
W7 Wilson Centre, Edge Hill University

ISR is excited to invite Edge Hill University teaching staff to join us at this workshop presented by Dr Onyeka Nubia, a pioneering and internationally recognised historian, writer and presenter who is reinventing our perceptions of the Renaissance, British history, Black Studies and intersectionalism.  

In this training session we will be looking at topics of repopulating the curriculum, decolonisation, critical race theory, institutional racism, and privilege, we will ask the question ‘What is an inclusive pedagogy?’.

Dr Onyeka Nubia: Repopulating and Decolonising Historiography is not Political Awareness – it is History
Wednesday 1 December 2021, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Business School, Edge Hill University

Dr Onyeka Nubia is a pioneering and internationally recognised historian and writer who is reinventing perceptions of the Renaissance and British history. Onyeka is the leading historian on the status and origins of Africans in pre-colonial England from antiquity to 1603. His lecture will shine a light on aspects of history most people are entirely unaware of.

‘Almost Liverpool 8’ – Film Screening and Q&A
Wednesday 8 December 2021, 4pm – 6.30pm
Creative Edge, Edge Hill University

A documentary love letter to Toxteth. 50-years ago renowned photographer Don McCullin took a series of photographs around Liverpool 8. Inspired by these images, we go on a historical and social exploration of L8 over the last half century.

Hosted by Dr Elke Weissman, Reader in Television and Film at Edge Hill University, she is joined in conversation by Christie Allanson, editor of Almost Liverpool 8. Christie is an alumni of the BA (Hons) Film and Television course at Edge Hill University.


Books, Websites, Films, TV 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.


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

Universities UK


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.

Get in touch

Professor Jo Crotty, Director for the Institute for Social Responsibility
[email protected]

Daniel Smith, Senior HR Partner
[email protected]

Aisling Benson, HR Partner (Projects)
[email protected]

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