Range of events taking place to celebrate Black History Month

October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK- a time to celebrate black history, arts and culture.

At the University of Leicester, an array of events will be taking place throughout the month- with Literary Leicester special guests, a national touring exhibition, and a full programme in the Students’ Union.

Let’s Play Vinyl is a nationally touring exhibition taking place at Attenborough Arts Centre from Saturday 14 October to Friday 24 November. It will explore how sound systems and the reggae scene are becoming more diverse in terms of ethnicity, and how a love of vinyl is being carried through by the new generation of soundmen and women despite technological advances and the popularity of digital formats

This year’s Literary Leicester Festival will feature two events exploring aspects of black history on 18 November- ‘Green Unpleasant Land: Rural Racism in Contemporary Britain’ and ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’.

Our Students' Union and student societies are also organising a series of events throughout October- featuring exhibitions, film screenings, discussions, talks, social events and sports sessions.

Beyond campus at the Phoenix, the University of Leicester has partnered with local arts organisation Serendipity to support their month-long FilmFest.

Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity at the University of Leicester, said: “The celebration of Black History Month at the University of Leicester gives us the opportunity to recognise, appreciate and celebrate the achievements of our diverse staff and student body. We look forward to welcoming staff and students to an exciting and diverse programme of events.”

More information on the events taking place for Black History Month can be found here:www.le.ac.uk/black-history

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