Celebrating diversity

Black History Month 2019

This October, we're celebrating Black History Month with a programme of films, talks, cultural debates and more.

October welcomes Black History Month - an annual month, celebrating, recognising and valuing the inspirational individuals from within BME communities. During Black History Month, we remember and celebrate the important figures of history alongside those who continue to contribute to and help our society today. 

From educational talks to food festivals, the month is filled with events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories. Originating in the United States (US), the United Kingdon (UK) celebrates Black History Month in October, whereas such celebrations across the pond take place in February. 

The University is also signing up to the Race Equality Charter, which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

October events in Portsmouth:

Black History Month film festival

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) are hosting a number of screenings throughout October in Eldon Building. Indoor screenings are free to all University of Portsmouth students.

Thursday 3rd October: Yardie (2018) - 7pm
Thursday 10th October: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) - 7pm
Wednesday 16th October: Undercover in the Alt-Right (2018) - 7pm
Thursday 17th October: Britain on Film: Black Britain - 7pm
Thursday 24th October: BlacKkKlansman (2018) - 6:30pm
Thursday 31st October: US (2019) - 7pm

Global History archive project

With the project Our Global History, the university are appealing for more material to add to the University Archive to ensure a more diverse and reflective history. Anyone wishing to help the project can email OurGlobalHistory@port.ac.uk

Black History Month Fusion Festival

Celebrate the history, culture and diversity of the local Afro-Caribbean community at the Black History Month Fusion Festival. The event, organised by the Portsmouth Black History Committee, will include performances by local artists, a fashion show featuring African dance and designs, information stalls and a pop-up market with a range of African and Caribbean art, accessories and prints. 

African Cultural Evening

Join us at the Union on Monday 14th October in Third Space. In collaboration with ACS, we will be hosting an African culture evening representing different African cultures through food, music, clothes and pictures as well as a stall dedicated to Stormzy's #Merky Books. Come and enjoy the celebration of cultures and live performances. If you are interested in hosting a stall performing for the evening, email helena.schofield@upsu.net or rama.hilouneh@upsu.net by Wednesday 9th October.

Black Preachers in Portsmouth public lecture

On Wednesday 16th October, Dr Ryan Hanley, lecturer in Modern British History, University of Exeter, will share the experiences of three key black preachers in Georgian Portsmouth when they arrive in ‘the world’s greatest naval port’. 

The Union presents: Akala on 'Race, class and imperialism' - a talk and Q&A

Join us on Monday 21st October in Third Space as we host the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala.  His book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, a searing modern polemic is on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Tickets available from early October.


The Great Debate Tour
Join the Afro-Caribbean society on Wednesday 23rd October as they host the Great Debate Tour, made up of black alumni who travel around the UK and debate prominent issues about race. Last year our ACS society were recognised for having the best turnout, so the University has been chosen to host for the South East this year.


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