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Black History Month Celebrations at King's


October is Black History Month (BHM) in the UK and coincides with the start of the academic year. Running for the past 30 years, it has played a key role in recognising the value of living and working in multi-cultural Britain.

The aim of BHM is to raise awareness of 500 years of Black History in the UK, highlighting the many positive Black contributions to British society, and the heighten confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage. In doing so, it helps bring communities closer together to create an inclusive space for everyone to enjoy.

In this spirit, we would like to invite you to join us at our awareness raising events across the university, to celebrate Black contributions to society. Members of the African and Caribbean Society, the People of Colour Association and staff across King’s have prepared a full programme of music, film and panel discussions with key figures from the Black and Minority Ethnic community. 

Black History Month 2017 at King's

Black Distinctions: The Conversation by Leading Routes
Various dates and locations in London

This Autumn we are launching The Conversation, a series for African Caribbean students discussing Black excellence in and outside of the classroom.


Black History Month at KCLSU

KCLSU are running loads of events for Black History Month including talks on black beauty and hair, a BHM film festival and free street dance workshops! 


Faculty of Life Science & Medicine BHM Poster Board

To mark the 30th year anniversary of Black History Month, the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine is celebrating contributions from African diaspora people to the development of medicine, bioscience, healthcare and public health as both pioneers and subjects. As well as showcasing King’s Alumni and important facts about Traditional African Medicine, which has been used for centuries and continues to be used in the developing world today, Faculty of Life Science & Medicine will be displaying a poster board exhibition in the foyer of New Hunt’s House opposite security on selected days during the month of October.


Yammering about BHM!

DIGIT (D&I in IT) is taking Black History Month to Yammer and hosting a series of interactive and informative online activities including promoting Black Pioneers of Tech on posters around Drury Lane and on their Yammer page every Monday and posting Black History resources, significant figures and articles relating to BHM on Wednesdays.

They'll also be posing a question of the week every Friday (6th, 13th, 20th) that everyone is encouraged to get involved in! 


Hidden Figures screening at the Crick Institute
Friday 6th October 2017
The Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road NW1 1AT

As part of Black History Month, The Francis Crick’s BAEM network (PRISM) will be screening the Movie Hidden Figures.


Black History Month - Sarah Guerra: A Personal Journey 

12pm - 1pm, Tuesday 10th October
Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith St, Westminster, London SW1P 3BT

For Black History Month, the Department of Education is holding a series of seminars to promote BME successes. Sarah Guerra is a former civil servant and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at King’s College London. This talk will reflect on her personal journey, to become a diversity and inclusion professional.

The session will consist of a short talk, followed by Q&A.


The BME Leader in Today's Society

Thursday 12th October 
6.30pm, UCL Wilkins Building 
Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HJ

As part of Black History Month, the UCL BME Alumni Network are holding a panel interview event, discussing The BME Leader in Today's Society.

The BME Alumni Network are delighted to be joined by special guests speakers Patrick Woodman, Head of Research and Advocacy Chartered at the Management Institute (CMI) and Sarah Guerra, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at King’s College London.


When We Ruled – A Seminar by Robin Walker
Friday October 13th at Wolfson Lecture Theatre (main IoPPN building)
5.30pm – 8pm

Robin Walker, also known as The Black History Man, is the foremost historian and writer on all matters related to ancient and medieval African history. This seminar will give you an insightful overview of the reach, yet little known, history of pre-colonial African civilisations and Black British History.

Please register via this link:

For more information email:


Racism in An Age of Brexit, Trump and the European Far Right - a talk by
Professor Maleiha Malik, expert in Anti-Discrimination Law
Thursday 19th October 
4pm - 6om
SW1.18, Somerset House East Wing, King's Building

The assumption that the enactment of progressive anti-discrimination legislation confirmed that UK, EU and US societies were now post-racist have been unsettled by recent political events in the UK, US and EU. In the UK, the Brexit debate has raised questions about xenophobia, national identity and migration. In the USA, the election of Donald Trump has been accompanied by recurring debates about race. In the European Union, far right parties are achieving electoral success in France, Austria as well as in the recent elections in Germany. 

What are the causes for these recent political controversies? What are the implications of these political changes for regulating xenophobia and racism through the use of law?


Transatlantic Jazz – King’s Music Department
Great Hall King's Building Strand Campus
20th October, 7.30pm – 9pm

Jazz was, from the beginning, the fruit of international dialogue. Not only were its roots spread across Africa, Europe and the Americas, but this distinctive music of the southern United States became within a few short years an international phenomenon. Arriving in Britain in person as well as on disc, and later on the airwaves, the music delighted and shocked in equal measure. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band played the London Hippodrome as early as 1919; by the 1930s jazz of various stripes was commonly heard on the radio in the UK and, in turn, played and broadcast by British musicians overseas. The years after the war were an especially interesting moment, since a dispute between Musicians’ Union in the UK and the American Federation of Musicians had brought an end to touring. While cutting off UK musicians from a vital source of their education and inspiration, this post-war isolation arguably allowed British musicians breathing space to develop their styles.

Register your attendance here.


IoPPN BHM Movie Nights – Denmark Hill

12 Years A Slave
Wed 4th October
Robin Murray A & B

11th October
Robin Murray A & B

I am not your Negro
18th October
Wolfson (IoPPN) LT

Get Out
25th October
Seminar Room 1 & 2


The History of Black History Month - Who is Black History Month For? 

6.30pm - 9pm
Monday 23rd October 
FWB G.73

The night will be dedicated to having a factual talk on What Black History Month is for, with particular emphasis on Who is Black History Month for?

Within the news recently there has been debates on Who is Black History Month for and what is its meaning now. Black celebrities such as Stacey Dash and Morgan Freeman have stated their views that there shouldn’t be a black history month as it limits the celebrations of Black History and Black prominent figures to one month.

Speakers include:

Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London. She is also founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. Professor Olonisakin is also Vice President/Vice-Principal (International) of King's College. 

'Funmi Olonisakin is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and served as its West African Regional Coordinator from 2008 until 2012. From 2008-2010, she served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. She currently serves as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), and is on the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She is a member of the Board of the Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa and the Boards of Trustees of International Alert and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. 

In January 2015, Professor Olonisakin was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. 

Professor Abiodun Alao is Professor of African Studies at King’s College London. He teaches on the ALC M.Sc. programmes and supervises Masters/PhD students. He is also the Chair of the Centre’s Examination Board and the Acting Chair of the Exam Board for the School of Global Affairs. Professor Alao has also undertaken has undertaken numerous assignments for international organisations, including the United Nations, African Union, European Union, World Bank, ECOWAS and for individual countries.

Syreeta Allen is the Widening Participation Manager (post-16) in the King’s Widening Participation and Social Mobility and Student Success Division and has previously worked with the Black Cultural Archives.

It is hoped that this event will explore the origins and original intended purpose of Black History Month. Whilst also highlighting the importance of Black History and leaving everyone to decide for themselves what Black History Month means to them.


World Food Competition
Monday 23rd October

DIGIT (D&I in IT) will be hosting a cultural food competition open to all members of the King's community. 


Black Tudors - Michael Ohajuru 
Tuesday 24th October in the 6pm in the History Dept Open Space, 8th floor, Strand Building.

Michael Ohajuru discusses his research on Black Tudors - particularly the royal trumpeter John Blanke. Perfect for anyone at King's studying or interested in early modern Britain / the world. 


Hidden Figures Screening with DIGIT
Wednesday 25th October 

DIGIT are screening Hidden Figures on at 6pm in Bush House Lecture Theatre 1. Drinks and popcorn will be served and anyone is welcome!

Read more about DIGIT on Yammer.


Hidden Figures Screening with Film Studies 

Jeff Scheible from Film Studies will be participating in a screening of Hidden Figures on Thursday October 26th, 5:30pm at the IoPPN. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Jeff, Renee Romeo (from the IoPPN), Sheila Marshall (a filmmaker), and a student.

Please register via this link: 

For more information about IoPPN's film events email:


BME Attainment Gap Panel Talk
30th October
6.30pm – 9.30pn
New Hunts House Lecture Theatre 1

This talk will be focused on the BME attainment gap and in particular addressing whether the BME Attainment Gap is due to discrimination or are there other factors involved. In addition to this, analysing why there is a lack of BME staff representation for both students and staff.

Looking in depth from a King’s College London perspective with professors and lectures from King’s offering their insight on the BME Attainment Gap. Potential factors could include: Institutional culture, discrimination, barriers, inequalities & racial inequalities and the types of assessments.

Speakers include Michelle Robinson, Professor Abiodun Alao and Hana Riazuddin.

To conclude it would be good to round the night off with ways to be proactive with the attainment and how to move forward.  Including current projects such as the Open Doors Project.

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