October is Black History Month, a chance to celebrate the unique experiences and contributions made by those of Black African or Black Caribbean heritage. The University is proud to act as the lead sponsor of Wolverhampton Black History Month, working with the local community to deliver the biggest Black History Month in the city’s history. This work involves hosting the sold-out launch event at the Arena Theatre on Friday 29 September, which is headlined by our own Pro-Chancellor Jaki Graham.
The University will be hosting its first ever Black History Month Conference on Thursday 19 October 2017. We will be welcomed by the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush to discuss the role that black people played in the recent General Election, and local BAME councillors to discuss how they got involved in public life. A free lunch will be provided, and there will be other workshops throughout the day. There are also several BHM events later that evening.
The University, in conjunction with the Arena Theatre and Wolverhampton Students' Union, is organising an unprecedented number of BHM events throughout October. These are:
There are many more Black History Month Events occurring across the city. For more information about all the Wolverhampton Black History Month Events, please read the local community’s Black History Month Brochure.
In his foreward, Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, says: “We at the University of Wolverhampton are proud to once again act as the lead sponsor for Wolverhampton Black History Month. We believe that Black History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate the contributions made by the African and Caribbean communities at the local, national and global level. In doing so we can educate people from all communities by combating racist and xenophobic narratives that seek to minimise the role of black people”.