ARU supports Black History Month with series of events

Black History Month

ARU are delighted to support Black History Month in October and present an excellent programme of online events.

They are all free to attend and open to all, some require you to book in advance.

What’s on?

Brown Babies digital exhibition
22 September – 31 October 2020

The Mixed Museum is delighted to present this special exhibition curated by Professor Lucy Bland, based on her book Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’: the Stories of Children Born to Black GIs and White Women in the Second World War.

Excellence in Sport Lecture with John Barnes MBE
8 October 2020, 19:00 – 20:00, please book your ticket here.

John Barnes

John Barnes delivers the 10th Excellence in Sport Lecture as part of ARU’s Black History Month programme of events.

John will talk about his journey to excellence in football through to winning league titles and representing England 79 times. He will also identify the prejudice and racism he encountered though his career, and how he is now speaking out on this theme and challenging thinking in wider society.

Constructive invisibility, dangerous visibility
21 October 2020, 18:30 – 19:30, please book your ticket here.

Black families straddling double negatives and how to reverse the narrative. Dr Cynthia Okpokiri presents her ongoing research to explore how authority figures interact with black children, young people and parents/carers in sectors including education, social work and social care, law and justice, and health care.

Black History is British History
28 October 2020, 19:30 – 20:30, please book your ticket here.

Join Asanté (ARU alumni) as she discusses her experience of how black history was taught, not only with a focus on ‘African Americans’ but also black people as slaves in which she argues “has created a significant misrepresentation of the presence of black people in the UK”.

Invisible walls
29 October 2020, 19:30 – 20:30, please book your ticket here.

This is a contemporary poem written and performed by Taylor Mitchell (ARU alumni). ‘Your silence violates us with violence’ illustrates the amalgamation of British and American culture in relation to race and systemically ingrained racism that has been woven into the fabric of our western entertainment and media.