By Renaye Roberts-Sinclair & Ashleigh Clarke
Black History Month is approaching and UCLan Students’ Union are ensuring its significance is known; with Student Council BME representative Renaye Roberts-Sinclair organising several student events throughout October.
Black History month is an annual celebration which recognises the pivotal role black people have played in world history. Although NUS BSC will focus on celebrating being black in Britain, the upcoming events at UCLan will address the global contribution black people have made to world history.
On the 5th October Selma, a historical film documenting Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, will be shown in the C&T building, room 101 at 6:30pm. Guest are advised to arrive promptly!
There will be an informal discussion night held on the 12th October in the Adelphi Building TVi from 6-9pm and a pop up gallery in the Students Union will displayed from 12-3pm on 19th October.
UCLan Directors, Professor Alan Rice and Professor Lubaina Himid are giving a workshop on the ‘Legacies of British Slave Ownership’ on Saturday 24th October in Manchester.
Finally, The Atrium (in the Students’ Union building) will host a closing party, with food, drink and performances. A special guest appearance will be made by Siana Bangura, founder and Editor-in-Chief of NoFlyOnTheWall, an intersectional feminist blog. This event will sure to be the highlight of black history month and is taking place on Monday the 26th October 5-8pm. Tickets will be made available a week before this event.
Events are free and all UCLan students and staff are invited to attend. If you would like to contribute to the closing party or would like to know more info about other black history events taking place across Lancashire, please contact Renaye at email@example.com