The University of Leicester celebrates Black History this October. In using art, culture and entertainment, the month aims to explore Black stories both past and present to highlight the Black community here in the UK. With the origins of Black History Month stemming from the USA, the month is celebrated across the globe with a view that Black history is to be celebrated and represented all year round.
Here at Leicester, our staff, students and wider community have come together year on year to take part in these celebrations, with a host of interactive events, activities and sessions to highlight pinnacle moments, achievements and cultural highlights of celebration within the Black community. We were delighted to host Serendipity, Leicester's Institute for Black Arts and Heritage, to launch the city of Leicester’s Black History Month celebrations at Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday 1 October, with a special event celebrating a brilliant line-up of Black artists including singer/songwriter Jada O’Neill, textile designer, Kelis Darko, dancer Rose Aïda Sall Sao and poet Ty’rone Haughton. This began a range of events taking place across Leicester throughout October.
The University’s Black History Month theme ‘A Time for Change: Action not Words’ will be used for this year’s campaign to focus efforts on enacting change through the use of physical action rather than solely conversation. The University is holding a number of events on campus throughout the month alongside its Students’ Union and Attenborough Arts Centre. The events have been coordinated by the University’s Staff BAME forum. We hope you are able to join us.