Black History Month
This October will be a Black History Month like no other, with coronavirus having restricted the events that can be held in person. The University is committed to Black History Month as an opportunity to highlight the unique challenges that Black people face and to celebrate the unique contribution that Black people have made in Britain and around the world. Colleagues from across the University have developed a varied programme that involves virtual talks, performances, and debates.
In addition to the events organised by the University, we urge staff and students to participate in events organised by our friends at Wolverhampton Students' Union and in the local community. Whilst coronavirus has meant it was not possible to organise the traditional Black History Month Brochure, we have worked with the Black History Month Group to highlight events being held in the community on this webpage.
100 Greatest Black Britons
On Tuesday 27th October at 4pm, Windrush campaigner and cultural historian Patrick Vernon will deliver a virtual lecture about his and Dr Angelina Osborne's new book 100 Greatest Black Britons. The book builds on his wider campaign to raise the profile of the contribution that Black Britons have made throughout the generations.
Email Will Cooling (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details. You will also shortly be able to borrow the 100 Greatest Black Britons book from the University Library.
If you want to learn more about Patrick in advance of his talk, you can listen back to the Windrush Lecture he delivered in June. He talked about his campaign to recover the Empire Windrush Anchors as a national monument for the Windrush Generaton and migration in Britain. In light of Black Lives Matters campaign he also talked about what is the status and relevance of the Black Country Flag. You can listen to the lecture here - Windrush Lecture By Patrick Vernon (mp3 17,866k) .
The School of Maths and Computer Science will host an online seminar by Dr Nira Chamberlain, President of the Institute of Mathematicson the Black Heroes of Mathematics (Date TBC). Born in Birmingham, Dr Chamberlain has championed greater engagement with mathematics, regularly running workshops during Black History Month. In 2018 he was voted "World's Most Interesting Mathematician" by an internet poll.
Email Liam Naughton (L.Naughton@wlv.ac.uk) for more details.
On Tuesday 13th October at 7pm, the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Business hosts a talk with Dr Sarah Whitfield and New York music director Sean Mayes.
Explore and discover the extensive work of Black performers across the theatres and variety halls of the West Midlands : from Cassie Walmer’s visits to Walsall in 1900; comedian Eddie Emerson, born in Birmingham; Will Garland’s extensive tours of the UK; Mabel Mercer (born in Staffordshire) work as a performer and conductor; and the sound of jazz and swing music in the many theatres across the region. This work features research from Sean Mayes and Sarah Whitfield’s forthcoming book with Methuen Drama, An Inconvenient Black History of British Musical Theatre 1900-1950.
For more information or to join the meeting please visit the Eventbrite booking page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/restoring-lost-histories-of-black-theatre-performers-in-the-west-midlands-tickets-122398837217
The Institute of Community and Society has joined forces with University of West London and Durham University to host three events for Black History Month.
On Wednesday 14th October at 4pm, David Truswell (Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity) to discuss the experiences of BAME communities living with dementia.
On Wednesday 21st October at 4pm, Leethen Bartholomew (Head of Barnado's National FGM Centre) to discuss the Female Genital Mutilation.
On Wednesday 28th October at 3.30pm, Ade Adetosoye (Chief Executive, Bromley Council) will discuss the experience of Black social workers and Duane Philips (Student Social Worker, University of Wolverhampton) about their own professional journey.
Email Susan Hawkes (email@example.com) for more details about how to join the meetings.
The Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences will host a series of events about Black History Month on Thursday 22nd October.
At 12pm, two students will pay tribute to Paulette Wilson, a local immigrant rights campaigner who recently passed away. Jennifer Thomas (MA Fine Art student and Community Researcher) will talk about the work she is doing with people who have been impacted by the Windrush Scandal, giving an historical and personal overview. Fi Jo Diedrick (BA (Hons) Fine Art Student) will give a more personal account of Paulette as a friend, a mother, a worker and a resident of Heath Town in Wolverhampton.
For more information, or to book your ticket, please visit the event's Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-history-month-remembering-paulette-wilson-tickets-124396245519
At 3pm, Dr Max Stewart will host a conversation with glass and ceramic artist Chris Day. In this talk they will discuss Chris's work and personal Story. Chris is a bi-heritage (Jamaica/ UK) artist and uses his craft to navigate what it means to be black in the UK. And also, white.
Chris Day recently graduated from the University of Wolverhampton where he studied for a Masters in Design and Applied Arts. In 2019 he was selected to exhibit as part of the prestigious British Glass Biennale. His work ‘Blown, Bound and Bold’ can currently be seen as part of London Craft Week at the Vessel Gallery.
For more information, or to book your ticket, please visit the event's Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-conversation-dr-max-stewart-and-glass-artist-christopher-day-tickets-123472356141
At 4.30pm, there will be a talk charting the journey of Marcia Lewinson who joined Women Acting In Todays Society in 1993. With an aim to change the life of 3 women a year. Since then she has supported countless women to escape Domestic Abuse, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.
This talk will include a Q&A on the issues facing women and girls in today’s society.
Marcia Lewinson is CEO of Women Acting In Today’s Society (WAITS), executive coach, mentor & trainer, and motivational public speaker.
For more information, or to book your e-ticket, please visit the event's Eventbrite page -https://marcialewinson.eventbrite.co.uk
At 6pm, there will be a live performance from poet, playwright and producer Jessica Care Moore from her poetry collection We Want Our Bodies Back. The event will include a talk and Q&A with the artist.
Over the past two decades, Jessica Care Moore has become a cultural force as a poet, performer, publisher, activist, and critic. Reflecting her transcendent electric voice, this searing poetry collection is filled with moving, original stanzas that speak to both Black women’s creative and intellectual power, and express the pain, sadness, and anger of those who suffer constant scrutiny because of their gender and race. Fierce and passionate, Jessica Care Moore argues that Black women spend their lives building a physical and emotional shelter to protect themselves from misogyny, criminalisation, hatred, stereotypes, sexual assault, objectification, patriarchy, and death threats.
We Want Our Bodies Back is an exploration—and defiant stance against—these many attacks.
For more information, or to book your e-ticket, please visit the event's Eventbrite page - https://jessicacaremoore.eventbrite.co.uk
At 7.30pm, there will be an online discussion about the Windrush Generation Experiences Online display currently on show at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 20th December.
Twenty years ago 107 people who came from the Caribbean and South Asia to live in Wolverhampton recorded their experiences in over 80 hours of video and audio interviews. The recordings give an insight into where the settlers came from, their beliefs and backgrounds, where they lived, the work they did and the difficulties they faced. This important historical collection is now being put on YouTube for everyone to experience.
The discussion panel will be Delva Campbell (longstanding staff member at Wolverhampton City Council), Dr Richard Hawkins (reader of history at University of Wolverhampton) and Dr Patrick Vernon OBE (cultural historian and civil rights campaigner), and Frank Challenger (founder of The Light House and founding member of the BE-ME project).
For more informtion or to register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-history-month-windrush-generation-experiences-online-talk-and-qa-tickets-124225765609
The University's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network will be hosting a conversation with the Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday, 20th October at 3.30pm. He will be interviewed by the BAME Staff Network Officers, with questions primarily focused on the University's Race Equality Charter (REC) Action Plan, wider equality and diversity issues within the University, and BAME staff members' lived experiences in the University of Wolverhampton.
The questions will be sourced from BAME Staff Network Members both before the debate and during it. Proposers of questions will not be identified, so please raise any pertinent issues you may have, as full anonymity is guaranteed in this activity. If you are a BAME staff member who would like to ask a question, please email your question to Ada Adeghe (Chair of the BAME Staff Network) at A.Adeghe@wlv.ac.uk by 16th October, 2020
Whilst questions will be asked by BAME Staff Members, all staff members are welcome to watch the conversations. Please contact Will Cooling if you would like to receive a link to watch the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 28th October at 3pm, the University of Wolverhampton will host a special virtual film screening of 501 Not Out, a new film about Brian Lara scoring a record 501* for Warwickshire in 1994. Only months after breaking Sir Garfield Sobers' longstanding Test record against England in the Caribbean, Lara this time wowed fans in England by scoring the first (and still only) quincentennial in first-class cricket. 501 Not Out recently opened the Trinidad and Tobago film festival and has been praised by cricket fans and professionals. The director Sam Lockyer will answer questions after the screening.
You can find out more about the film at http://501notout.com/
For more information, or to book your ticket, please visit the event's Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-history-month-virtual-film-screening-of-501-not-out-tickets-124487037079
The Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences hosts a special Q&A session with Dr Jason Wouhra OBE, CEO of East End Foods for Black History Month. He will talk his experiences in business and it will be of particular interest to young entrepreneurs. Contact Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar MBE, at email@example.com, for more details.
The Institute of Education has developed an educational presentation about Black History Month, which includes links to other resources and also highlights leading African-American and Black British historical figures, especially those who have made a significant contribution to education. You can read the presentation by clicking here
The Doctoral College presents a Black History Month workshop on Tuesday 20th October at 5pm on "Considering Diversity : Celebrating BAME success for Black History Month" where you can hear from two Black early-career researchers.
Presentation One: Donna Lewis - “It’s literally like I’m sat right there in the room with you!" Student nurses experiences of formative audio feedback -
A Generic Qualitative study
Effective feedback promotes and consolidates learning, enabling deeper understanding and realignment of concepts (Race, 2001; Watling, 2014), however, overall students remain dissatisfied with feedback (Higher Education Funding Council for England, 2013). Written feedback is widely used within nurse education but different methods which incorporate technology may be more effective (Race, 2005; Tong, 2011). Audio feedback which is underpinned by social constructivism can promote and enhance deeper approaches to learning (Vygotsky, 1978) and is flexible, accessible, personalized and easier to understand, but has been predominantly used within educational disciplines (Merry and Orsmond, 2008; Lunt and Curran, 2010). There is a lack of published nursing literature in relation to formative audio feedback (Haxton and McGarvey, 2011; Bourgault, Mundy and Joshua, 2013) and there is justification for this innovative research study.
My research aim is to gain insight into, describe and analyze the experiences of pre-registration adult student nurses in relation to formative audio feedback.
I have utilised a generic qualitative research design, sixteen student nurses participated in two meta-planned focus groups, were then provided with four formative audio files and then participated in individual semi-structured interviews, in order to elicit their experiences. A thematic data analysis suggests that formative audio feedback was positively received, deemed to be more personalized and students were able to relate to and understand the feedback.
Donna is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing. Donna is also completing a Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing.
Presentation Two: Tanya Mpofu: Intersectional perspective on black women on boards.
In her presentation, Tanya will cover the areas below:
▪ Various conceptualisations of Intersectionality
▪ The History of Intersectionality (Prof Crenshaw & Prof Collins)
▪ Intersectional framework
▪ The maze of metaphors encountered by Black Women
▪ Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Board suites –Statistics
I am a second year PhD Researcher in the Corporate Governance, and I am interested in the exploration of boards. My research entails an intersectional perspective on Black Women on Boards or aiming for the Upper Echelons. Also reviewing the maze of metaphors encountered by Black women in leadership positions. Under the supervision of Professor Silke Machold and Dr Anne Korzhenitskaya at the University of Wolverhampton. I have a Bachelor of Arts Hons Degree in Accounting and Finance 2015, during which I researched in to the University Governance ‘An exploratory insight into university governance: A qualitative study of the University Board of Governors’. I also have a Master of Science in Finance and accounting 2016, during which I explored gender diversity in the boardroom and its impact on corporate debt performance: ‘A statistical analysis between the UK and USA to provide a comparison.’
Led by their Diversity Officer Esther Shonibare, Wolverhampton Students' Union has organised a varied range of Black History Month virtual activities throughout the month including discussions about films, webinars, a quiz and an open mic night.
For more information visit https://www.wolvesunion.org/bhm/
The Black and Ethnic Minority Experience Foundation (BE-ME) has received funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to digitise and post online 108 video and audio interviews, carried out at the turn of the century, which detail the struggles and achievements of the Caribbean and other settlers to Wolverhampton in the mid 20th century. The exhibition will be available at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery from Saturday 3rd October to Sunday 30th December 2020.
Clips from these unique interviews will be shown together with a specially-commissioned video from Patrick Vernon which will put these reminiscences in their historical context and point to their relevance to contemporary events.
For further information contact Frank Challenger at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone Wolverhampton Art Gallery at telephone 01902 552055 or visit https://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/windrush-generation-experiences/.
Here To Stay is an archive of portraits and oral histories by documentary photographer Inès Elsa Dalal which documents the personal and professional narratives of 23 Black healthcare personnel working in the National Health Service. It was commissioned in 2018 to celebrate 70 years since the arrival of the Windrush Generation, many of whom have been, and still are, integral to the success of the NHS. The exhibition will be available at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery from Saturday 8th August 2020 to Sunday 10th January 2021
For further information telephone Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 01902 552055 or visit https://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/here-to-stay/
Planning an event for Black History Month 2021?
Contact David Bennett, Black Local History & Cultural Archives Project, to include an event listing in the Wolverhampton Black History Month 2021 Brochure by emailing email@example.com
The Black History Month Events Group
The Black History Month Events Group meets once a month between January and August. If you are interested in attending meetings of the Group contact David Bennett.
Want to Promote Your Services?
Place an advert in the Black History Month Magazine or the blackhistoryandheritage website. Contact David Bennett (details above).
Supported Charities and Good Causes
Every year the Black History Month Events Group will support a local charity or good cause by promoting their services in the Black History Month brochure. If you want to nominate a charity for 2021 contact David Bennett giving your reasons why you believe the charity should be promoted in the brochure. The final decision on which charity will be promoted will be made by the Black History Month Events Group at their June 2020 meeting. All nominations must be received by Monday 31st May 2021.