27th September 2019

What is 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.

  1. What's happening for Black History Month 2019?
  2. Get Involved with the BME Committee

What's happening for Black History Month 2019?

This year events will be taking place nationally and locally with Sheffield Students’ Union keen to mark this important month. Look out for film screenings, speaker events and much more across Sheffield.


The Octagon, Meeting Room 2

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15:30 and 17:30

SU Auditorium

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Kena and Ziki long for something more than becoming obedient wives to men they do not love. When love blossoms between them, they face a hard choice: repressing their love and stay safe, or battle against their conservative society to freely live their romance.



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15:30 and 19:30

SU Auditorium

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A unique and beautiful collation of film footage explores and celebrates the vital culture and history of Black Britain throughout the 20th century. Featuring film clips spanning from 1901 to 1985, this rare footage has been found from all across the UK and collated into a powerful work of cinema, including carnival footage, wedding clips, footage of workers and so much more from a variety of settings and times. This programme allows for an exploration into stories of migration, community and also the struggle against inequality, while also providing the opportunity to celebrate black British culture and life on screen. A truly unique and glorious screening with which to celebrate Black History Month.

Collaboration with Off the Shelf Festival of Words



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Chelsea Kwakye and her Cambridge University colleague Ore Ogunbiyi wrote Taking Up Space as a guide and a manifesto for change: tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom and the problems of activism. The debut publication on Stormzy’s Merky Books imprint, Taking Up Space goes beyond the buzzwords of diversity and inclusion to provide a groundbreaking exploration of the problems of diversity in education. Chelsea Kwakye joins us to discuss this inspirational book.

Hosted by Off the Shelf Festival of Words


SU Auditorium

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A creative documentary that sees filmmaker Eelyn Lee and a group of young writers from Sheffield go on a quest to find out the meaning of Britishness. The film explores issues of identity, race and belonging through poetry, interviews and discussions with Magid Magid, during his tenure as Lord Major of Sheffield, writer Désirée Reynolds and Sheffield’s Poet Laureate Otis Mensah amongst others.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Eelyn Lee, Désirée Reynolds, Magid Magid, Otis Mensah and some of the young writers.


Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

This panel-based event seeks to explore issues relating to decolonising the curriculum, not only within institutions of higher education, but also within primary and secondary schools with a specific focus on highlighting local academic, professional and student perspectives from the city of Sheffield.

Confirmed speakers will include:

- Dr. Muna Abdi, Educational Consultant;

- Dr. Anjana Raghavan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Sheffield Hallam University;

- Mr. Mark Hutchinson, History Teacher, High Storrs Secondary School;

- Dr. Lucy Mayblin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Sheffield;

- Savannah Hanson, Second Year Undergraduate Student, Department of Politics, the University of Sheffield.

Event Chair: Dr. Amaka Offiah, Reader in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy Chair of the University of Sheffield’s BAME Staff Network;

This event is jointly organised by the University of Sheffield's BAME Staff Network and Sheffield Hallam University’s Race Network.

The event is free to attend.

To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-abc-to-phd-decolonising-the-curriculum-in-sheffield-tickets-72358836227


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Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

As part of a series of events on decolonising the curriculum organised by the University of Sheffield’s BAME Staff Network and Sheffield Hallam University’s Race Network during Black History Month 2019, this event will focus on issues relating to the decolonisation of the curriculum debate within the context of the higher education sector through a conversation with Kehinde Andrews (Professor of Black Studies, Birmingham City University). The discussant for this event will be Dr. Anthony Williams (the School of Education, the University of Sheffield, Committee Member of the University of Sheffield's BAME Staff Network).

The event is free to attend.

To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decolonising-the-he-curriculum-a-discussion-with-prof-kehinde-andrews-tickets-72363750927


As part of Black History Month, Film Unit presents The Last Tree (2019) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield African-Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society and BME Committee.

The Last Tree is the profoundly moving story of a young boy finding identity. Nigerian-British boy, Femi grew up with his British Foster mother, Mary, in the sun-dappled east coast countryside of Lincolnshire. However, this joyfully idyllic childhood is brought to an abrupt halt when Femi’s birth mother Yinka, arrives, saying she is ready to take her son home. Femi finds himself uprooted to the urban tower-flats of inner-city London where he struggles to bond with the mother he barely knows.

As Femi becomes a teenager he feels increasingly out-of-place struggling to find belonging and balance between studies and street life. This heartfelt coming-of-age drama has powerful performances, tactile visuals and an elegantly fluid score. Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical film is told with great compassion and energy. This screening will be preceded by a introductory speaker that is TBC.

Midnight afterparty at Tribeca after the film - advance booking or pay on the door and please dress up for it!

Get Involved with the BME Committee

The BME Student Committee exists to support the needs and interests of the BME student community, by putting on events, promoting inclusion and creating a link between the BME student body, the Students’ Union and the wider university community.

If you are interested in being a part of this, our EGM to fill the positions of Campaigns Officer and Treasurer is being held on Wednesday 2nd October, 5-7pm in The Octagon, Meeting Room 2.

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