Black History 365

At London Met Black History is not just a month; we have a commitment to the importance of Black History 365 days of the year. The London Met Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Voice Network, in collaboration with the Students' Union, is excited to offer the following events to celebrate Black History.

The Centre for Equity & Inclusion team will be holding briefings to update and consult with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students on our commitment to tackling institutional racism. As the discussion may extend to difficult personal experiences, we are running these particular sessions on a closed based inviting only Students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds on this occasion.

The session takes place Friday 22 January, from 11am to 12 pm. Register for the session.

Through discussion, staff and students will explore the perils of decolonising UK universities. Dr Ryan Arthur, an Academic Mentor at London Met, will be leading the discussion.

The event takes place Wednesday 27 January. Join us for a thought-provoking and engaging session.

Çinar Aydogan, LGBTQIA+ Society President and Chrystalle Margallo, Student Union President will be hosting this cafe to discuss two sides of Gender Dysphoria - the social and emotional.

Gender Dysphoria is described as a "sense of unease " due to the mismatch of biological sex and gender identity. It applies to one's physical appearance and body as well as social experiences in everyday life. In addition to biological differences (such as people with an intersex experience) and in disagreement with the binary concept, gender is also a spectrum that encompasses a variety of binary and non-binary identities.

The event takes place Wednesday 24 February. Register for the session.

Gender justice is social justice. Join Harleena Jagde, Fair Outcomes Project Lead - Harassment and Hate Crimes, for a discussion on how learning and teaching spaces can shift from reproducing the status quo to igniting transformational change by challenging sexist and patriarchal attitudes.

The event takes place Wednesday 17 March. Register for the session.

As a university we seek to recognise, disrupt, and dismantle systemic racism and all forms of structural inequality but what does this look like in our classrooms? How do we enable voices that often go unheard? We recognise that this is a process that needs to be diligently scaffolded.

In this session, Kevin Brazant, an Academic Mentor, and Cynthia Edo, Student Union Officer, will discuss and explore the necessary requirements to facilitate marginalised student voices and their hidden narratives to be heard.

The event takes place Tuesday 23 March. Register for the session

Hear from your Students' Union Officers about Black History 365

The importance of being Black and Understanding Black History

We are delighted to kick things off with our guest speaker Dr Kehinde Andrews, a well-renowned Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University.

Kehinde Andrew's presentation will focus on ‘the importance of being black and understanding Black history’ followed by a question and answer session.

Kehinde Andrews research focuses on resistance to racism and grassroots organisations. His latest book Black to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century was published in 2018. He also wrote Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement in 2013 and is editor of the Blackness in Britain book series with Zed Books.

His next book, The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World will be published in February 2021 by Penguin Allen Lane in the UK and Bold Type Books in the US. Kehinde has written opinions pieces for outlets including the Guardian, Independent, Washington Post and CNN.  Kehinde is founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.)

Date: Thursday 8 October 2020

In conversation Stella Dadzie

Stella is a published writer and historian, best known for The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s lives in Britain, which won the 1985 Martin Luther King Award for Literature

Stella Dadzie will be launching her book, A kick in the Belly. A story of an enslaved West Indian women in the struggle for freedom.

Our guest will give a brief presentation of her book followed by a conversation with staff and students on Black History, Education, Race and Decolonisation.

Date: Wednesday 14 October

Absent Black Bodies in British Memoryscape

Wednesday 21 October: 12.00pm

In Focus: a collaborative series between City, University of London and London Metropolitan University

'In Focus' is a series of events which showcase and celebrate the work of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members of the community, who have been able to overcome systemic and individual challenges to achieve success. City’s Race Equality Charter and London Metropolitan University brings to you this compelling event in celebration of Black History Month. This event is sponsored by Dr Kavita Powley’s Advance HE Good Practice Grant on Inclusive Leadership and Race Equality.

We are honoured to welcome Professor Olivette Otele, who became the UK’s first female Black history professor in 2018. Professor Otele’s talk will focus on the way the Global North is currently looking at mass protest, racism and colonial violence seem to have shifted since the killing of African American George Floyd in May 2020. Yet, in Britain, debates about the legacies of the country’s colonial past that include memorialisation, discrimination and representation, seem to slowly descend into a disconnect between the histories of white men in urban landscape on the one hand and fear that the past as it has been presented until now, will be forgotten.

A deep-seated insecurity about allegedly falling into an anachronistic witch hunt continues to shape discussions about Britain’s history. Inequalities and trauma have been noticeably absent to these debates. This presentation seeks to examine the hegemonic threads and absences of current debates about the country’s colonial past.

This session is a unique and exciting opportunity to hear about Professor Olivette Otele’s inspiring work on Black History. This will be followed by a Q & A session.

Black History 365 Events, from cookery classes to poetry slams! 

There is a fantastic range of activities for all students to learn, have space to discuss Black history and to celebrate the life, history and achievements of Black people who changed society in the UK.

Keep up to date with these activities, which will be running throughout the year on the Students' Union website.

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