The University of Leicester is proud to celebrate Black History Month this October. The month marks and explores Black stories both past and present to highlight the achievements, experiences, and successes of Black cultural figures and communities. Through using creative mediums such as art, storytelling, and entertainment, we are given a glimpse into the lives and experiences of our Black communities.
This year also marks 75 years since more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean arrived in the UK on HMT Empire Windrush. The anniversary highlights the contributions of Black people from the British commonwealth and their post-war impact on British society. This coincides with the National Health Service's (NHS) 75 year anniversary, which is significant due to the many Black Caribbean Windrush passengers who were the first employees of the NHS, which was formed just two weeks after they arrived. For Leicester, this year also marks 75 years since the opening of the African Caribbean Centre, and the University led Migration Network were proud to host a community event to celebrate the Caribbean communities' connections with Windrush, the NHS and the Centre.
Here at Leicester, our staff, students, and wider community have come together year after year to take part in our celebrations, which include a host of interactive events, activities, and sessions to recognise pinnacle moments, achievements, and cultural highlights within the Black Community.
The University, along with the Attenborough Arts Centre, the Students’ Union, and the Staff Multi-Ethnicity Forum are proud to be celebrating Black History Month this year and hope that you can join us for this month and beyond.
Hear from Nishan Canagarajah and Jade Thomas