The University of Sheffield and the student union ran film screenings, speaker events, concerts and more to celebrate black staff, students and alumni


The University of Sheffield celebrates Black History Month

The University of Sheffield celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month in the UK celebrates the achievements of black people and communities in the UK, and globally. Originally started in the United States by an influential black historian to publicise the accomplishments of African Americans, this annual event looks to raise awareness, educate and encourage further research into black history.

Black History Month encourages people to question the narratives around the history that we were taught and its domination by white, European men. As recent works by Reni Eddo-Lodge and David Olusoga have highlighted, the history of black people in Britain, and indeed the British Empire, is significant, enlightening, and incredibly relevant.

Celebrating Black History Month at the University of Sheffield

As a prime employer embracing diversity and inclusion, The University of Sheffield is marking Black History Month at the school and Students’ Union by celebrating their black staff, students and alumni. The school is also hosting a series of events, including film screenings, speaker events, and art appreciation to honour the accomplishments of black people.

Wall of BAME

The University Wall of BAME will be launched during the Black History Month as an initiative to share the stories of members of staff, students and alumni from Black Asian Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and celebrate their achievements at the University and beyond. Profiles of black staff, students and alumni will be released throughout the month and the project will then run throughout the academic year featuring individuals from all minority ethnic backgrounds.

Pop Tarts: Spotlight on Black History Month

To help kick off black history month Pop Tarts will be delving into the wealth of incredible black artists that have dominated pop music throughout the decades. Expect to hear Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, James Brown, Donna Summer, Kanye, Prince, Whitney Houston and many more blasting through the Foundry speakers!

Bar One Quiz

The Bar One Quiz will be asking questions about Black History Month - including creative, picture & music rounds with a top prize of £50 to be won!

BAME staff network meeting

A great opportunity for attendees to meet the new Committee members, learn about events and plans for the year and get to know other BAME staff members across the University.

Film screening: The Watermelon Woman

After watching a number of 1930s films featuring black actresses who were often uncredited, wannabe filmmaker Cheryl decides to make a documentary about the lives of these women, focusing on one in particular, known simply as “The Watermelon Woman”. Going deeper to discover more about her, Cheryl’s relationship with her filmmaking partner Tamara starts to fracture, putting the project at risk. The first feature film to be directed by a black lesbian, namely Cheryl Dunye, who also plays her namesake, The Watermelon Woman is a historic milestone in cinema which explores an interesting-yet-uncovered topic. It features great acting from its leads, as well as humorous dialogue which gives the movie an energy and light-heartedness not often found in films of its sort.

Author talk: Join Afua Hirsch for a discussion on her Sunday Times Bestseller, Brit(ish)

Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. She describes the UK as a nation in denial about its past and its present - believing it is the nation of abolition, but forgeting it is the nation of slavery; convinced that fairness is one of its values, but that immigration is one of its problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.

Student Union Film Unit film screening: The BlacKkKlansman

Giving a snapshot of race issues in 1970s America, BlacKkKlansman is an autobiographical film about an African-American police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. Set from the point of view of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the film shows him attempting to destroy the organisation by becoming head of the local chapter, with the help of Detective Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), who plays Stallworth when he meets face-to-face with the Klan. This film manages to be hugely entertaining, whilst simultaneously delivering hard-hitting social commentary that can be linked to today’s political climate. A must-see for any fans of Spike Lee’s previous work, or producer Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Scratchylus as part of the Black History Month Windrush University UK Tour

The theme for this year's Black History Month is the 70th anniversary of the Windrush. Award winning artist Scratchylus will be visiting Universities and colleges with his educational and inspirational songs in particular his brand new releases which he has been promoting all summer in the UK called 'Windrush Generations' featuring the Legendary KiddusI from the iconic movie Rockers and Rebel' featuring Barry Ford which also covers Windrush and Grenfell. Receiving coverage from BBC Radio London, ITV News and having featured in this year’s Notting Hill Carnival and International Reggae Ska One Love Festival. Come along for an afternoon of incredible music and a Q and A on Windrush.

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