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Black History Month

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Celebrating Black History Month

Our talks and events programme reflects and celebrates our community throughout the year. As part of this we celebrate Black History Month, which this October includes a webinar on the impact of Black Lives Matter, a discussion on Black literature and events in Art Exchange as part of the current exhibition ‘A Lament for Power’.

This page will be continually updated throughout October as events are confirmed.

Events at Essex

A Lament for Power: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy 

From 6 October – 14 November 2020

Art Exchange

This ambitious new film explores the ethics of scientific discovery and the complex relationship between science, politics and race in our age of avatars, video gaming and DNA Ancestry testing.

Finding Fanon: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy 

From 6 October – 14 November 2020

Art Exchange

We showcase Larry Achiampong and David Blandy's seminal Finding Fanon trilogy, inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), a politically radical writer whose work explores the trauma of colonialism and decolonisation.

Spotlight on Natalya Martin, Sensory Theatre Practitioner

Wednesday 14 October, 7pm-8pm

Discussion and Q&A with Natalya about navigating the creative arts industry and space as black artists.

Spotlight on Andrea Lungay, Co-founder and Director of HiddenViewz Productions

Friday 16 October, 7pm

Discussion about navigating the theatre industry as a Director and Producer.

Find out more about the event on the Students’ Union webpage

Essex South Asia Research Network (ESARN)

Monday 19 October, 4.00pm-5.30pm

Online Symposium celebrating Black History Month 2020 - Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Lives:  Indo-Caribbean, Black and British

This event will focus on the intertwined histories of people of Asian and Black heritage in the Caribbean. The panel consists of distinguished scholars of Caribbean studies and University of Essex students of Asian and Black heritage

After Essex: In Conversation with Whitney Joseph

Tuesday 20 October, 5pm-6pm

We'll be joined by law graduate Whitney Joseph to discuss her journey after Essex.

Decolonizing the History Curriculum: A Discussion between staff and students

Tuesday 20 October, 6pm-7.30pm

Please join us for a conversation about how we can better represent diverse writers, scholars and perspectives in our History curriculum. We want to engage our whole community—staff and students—to discuss this work, and start to create a reading list, and nurture further discussions, for all.

Spotlight on Rakaya Fetuga

Wednesday 21 October, 7pm-midnight

Rakaya Fetuga is a poet from London of Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage. Her work joins conversations on overlapping identities, faith and culture as self-affirmation.

Being Black at Essex

Thursday 22 October, 7pm-8.30pm

Essex students and alumni discuss their experiences of being Black at Essex.

10 v 10: Afro-Caribbean Music Clash

Friday 23 October, 7pm-midnight

Artists Talk by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

Tuesday 27 October, 6pm-7pm

Art Exchange

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy will screen their latest film ‘A Lament for Power’, followed by a conversation with film critic Ashley Clark. Together they discuss relationship between race and the structures of power that underpin our society.

Department of History Research Seminar – Theatre, Teaching, and the Slave Trade

Wednesday 28 October, 4pm-6pm

Dr Jeremy Krikler explores the problems and opportunities of using a research-driven play in teaching the slave trade.

Spotlight on Ahmad Iklhas

Wednesday 28 October, 7pm-midnight

Find out more about Ahmad and join the discussion about navigating the creative arts industry and space as black artists.

Gaming Night with Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

Tuesday 4 November, 6pm-8pm

Art Exchange

Join artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy for a special gaming night session in which the artists will battle it out on the popular Nintendo game Splatoon 2.

Black History Month at the Albert Sloman Library

To celebrate Black History Month we have created this reading list. It's full of classics, modern classics and factual works by black authors or about black history.

We have added in some interesting video accompaniments to our reading list, which you can view on Box of Broadcasts (available free of charge for all current University of Essex staff and students).

 

Events in Colchester and the surrounding areas

Essex Cultural Diversity Project

ECDP is supporting Black History Month this October 2020. There are a number of events taking place across Essex, organised by their friends and collaborators. Please visit their webpage to find out more.

Colchester Black History Month – Being Black in Essex

Friday 16 October, 8pm-9.30pm

Hi-lites of BHM Colchester activities, an interview with a local Colchester student and music from DJ Michelle Lu-Hang.

Mercury Online - Black, Essex and Here 2.0

Monday 19 October, 7.30pm

We are creatives, we are from Essex and we are black and we’ll be asking where do we fit in? Where are the stories in live-performance that reflect our Essex heritage and experience?

Colchester Black History Month – Being Black in Essex

Tuesday 20 October, 8pm-9.30pm

Hi-lites of BHM activities, an interview with Black Lives Matter Colchester Chairperson and Lead Activist, Sophie Kabangu and music from Michelle and Sydney.

Colchester Black History Month – Being Black in Essex

Friday 23 October, 8pm-9.30pm

Hi-lites of BHM Colchester activities, an interview with student and LGBTQ activist Racheale Fontenella with music from Michelle and Craig.

Colchester Black History Month – Prevention of Suicide amongst Black Men

Saturday 24 October, 8pm-9.30pm

A closer look at mental health issues in BAME communities with guest speakers.

Colchester Black History Month – Being Black in Essex

Monday 26 October, 8pm-9.30pm

Hi-lites of BHM Colchester activities and an interview with Educator and Entrepreneur Godwin Daudu.

Colchester Black History Month – Being Black in Essex

Thursday 29 October, 8pm-9.30pm

Hi-lites of BHM Colchester activities and an interview with the Chair of the Minority Ethnic Support Association and the General Secretary of the Black Police Association. Mac Neife. With music by Omar Aziz.

Windrush pop-up exhibition

Visit Colchester Castle to view a display which includes banners from the Essex Cultural Diversity Project detailing information about the early days of the ship, the voyage and life in Britain for those that arrived by the ship as well as their descendants. It explores their cultural contribution as well as the discrimination experienced by many.

Black History Month at the British Library

All year round the British Library host a wide range of events reflecting the history, lives and contributions of people of African and Caribbean descent.

Events in Southend

In celebration of Black History Month, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are proud to share events and stories organized by groups across the Borough.  Find out more about film screenings organized by Focal Point Gallery, the ‘Celebration of Black Lives’ organized by the Southend Youth Council and the programme of events, videos, stories and links hosted on the One Southend platform.

Visit the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council website to find out about all of these events and more.