Black History Month at the Crossroads - men in boats during the Mississippi flood of 1927

Public Lecture: Black History Month at the Crossroads?

Memphis Minnie with her guitarSpeaker: Peter D’Sena

Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016

Time: 5pm

Venue: MH002, Mary Seacole Building, Nursery  Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1AD

Cost: Free

This year sees the 90th anniversary of Carter G. Woodson’s original idea for an annual event to celebrate and support black history in American public schools, but increasingly there has been debate and disagreement about the role and relevance of what we now call Black History Month. Where should we stand on this? What can new methodological approaches in historical enquiry do to move black history from the margins to the centre?

This talk will explore these debates and suggest how some recent work in migration studies and ethnomusicology might take teaching, learning and, more generally, knowing in black history forward. 

Peter D'Sena in ClarksdalePeter D’Sena: mini biography

Peter D’Sena is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London and a Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire.

His career started with fifteen years as a schoolteacher and he then went on to spend twenty years as a history teacher-educator in a number of universities. In his last role, as Discipline Lead for History at the Higher Education Academy, he co-ordinated and led UK-wide initiatives, projects and publications on teaching and learning in history across the university sector.

Peter's own research and publications have embraced work on crime in eighteenth-century London, cultural diversity and the global dimension in history education, and the Brown Atlantic.

Book your place

This lecture is open to the public. Places are limited, so please book by email to Joshua Barnett at