Celebrating BHM at EHU
Black History Month (BHM) is an international annual month recognising and valuing the inspirational individuals and events from within black communities.
Since 1987, Black History Month has been celebrated every October in the United Kingdom.
For this year’s Black History Month celebrations, EHU is offering a range of events and activities and we look forward to you getting involved:
Representation in Media and Fiction*
Monday 19 October at 6.30pm
Featuring Guest speakers:
Simone Mendez (She/They)
Simone is a performer, facilitator and support worker whose primary focus is on supporting and empowering WOMXN and QTIPOC. Simone is a member of Birmingham’s first Vogue House of BAB and leads on literature and writing workshops, centering QTIPOC authors, queer history and writing as a holistic practice.
Chavonne Brown (He/Him)
Chavonne is a playwright and poet who is currently undertaking creative doctoral research on the use of speculative fiction to reclaim and reimagine minority history. He is concerned with presentation and purpose of blackness and queerness in visual storytelling. His work aims to re-centre marginalised figures in historical narratives – from which they have been traditionally excluded.
Chavonne’s most recent collaboration is a musical, educational radio play entitled A Waltz Through New Orleans about the genesis of jazz as a uniquely black art form in the early Twentieth Century.
Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education*
Monday 26 October at 6.30pm
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Lauren Blackwood (She/Her)
Lauren is an activist, feminist, equality, diversity and inclusion specialist working in Higher Education. She is also an MRes student at the University of Birmingham researching the exacerbated harms caused by cultural appropriation that are experienced by those further marginalised by multiple systems of oppression – specifically in the Black Queer community.
Joshua Williams (He/Him)
Joshua is a Birmingham based activist and campaigner and a former Birmingham Awards winner and Guild of Students President at the University of Birmingham. Joshua has spent much of his career tackling inequality, whilst championing the voices of minority groups, both regionally and nationally. He has worked with charitable organisations, national advocacy services, The Bank of England and Government.
There are many opportunities to get involved at the Students’ Union both during Black History Month and throughout the academic year:
- Want to be a BAME Officer for the next academic year? If you’re interested check out the webpage to find out more
- Join the Multicultural Society – which invites students from different backgrounds to come together to learn about different cultures and embrace their own
- Discover the new Diversify My Curriculum campaign that aims to encourage more diverse voices, backgrounds and perspectives to push towards Diversifying the curriculum
- Are you part of EHU’s BAME community and working on a project or a piece of research? The SU can support and promote your activity. Just email [email protected] with the subject line Black History Month and include all the relevant details in your email
- Join EHU’s new BAME Student Network to find out about collaborative projects, campaigns and opportunities. Simply email [email protected] with the subject line ‘BAME Network’ and include your name and student number in the body of the email, plus any questions you may have