October 2021

This year, Black History Month is focused on the National theme of Proud To Be. This theme aims to strike a personal and reflective tone to individuals, families and communities allowing deep and meaningful conversation to be had.

The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement last year stands as a reminder to us all that racial injustice is still prevalent in our society and we each need to do what we can to educate ourselves on these issues. It is important to confront the challenging questions raised about race and racial inequality as well as showcase the immense achievements of Black people both past and present within the Royal Holloway community – is there something you are proud of? Or would you like to share the pride you have for others in your community?

Black History Month here at RHSU is brought to you by our Sabbatical Officers, societies and student groups who have worked to bring you a great range of events and activities. We are brave and committed to shining a light on the diversity of our Black students so make sure to check out the full programme which will be released on the week of 4 October and along with a month long blog series recognising our Black community.

Want to get involved? Please contact the lead officer, Henn Warwick President@rhul.ac.uk.


Events

Flawless Black History Month ft. Slam Zero
6th October
Union Venue
Flawless is back with the very best of urban, bashment, grime and Afrobeats as we celebrate Black History Month at the SU.
Sip 'n' Paint
8th October
The Packhorse
Get ready to pick up your paintbrush and celebrate Black History Month with some chilled-out drinks and art at The Packhorse, courtesy of our very own African-Caribbean Society (ACS).
Proud to Be: Letters to Myself
10th October
This World Mental Health Day, take a moment to check in with yourself and jot down something you are proud of from your journey.
Black History Month Movie Night
12th October
Shilling Lecture Theatre
It's movie time! Bring your own drinks, snacks and blankets to enjoy your evening to the fullest.
Chaplaincy Lecture: 'God is Not a White Man' with Chine McDonald
13th October
Shilling Lecture Theatre
As part of Black History Month, join Chine McDonald (Head of Community Fundraising & Public Engagement at Christian Aid) for a lecture on the topic of her recent book, God is Not a White Man.
Black History Month Discussion Night
13th October
Imagine
Join African-Caribbean Society throughout October for some spirited discussions about important Black History Month topics and issues.
ACS Student Mingle: Rep Your Flag
14th October
Tommy's Lounge, Students' Union
Share your pride by reppin' your flag at this African-Caribbean Society event!
Squid Game Night
15th October
Wettons Annexe A
You got game? Join the African-Caribbean Society for a fun evening playing games from the hit Netflix show Squid Game and try to win a prize!
Black History Month Movie Night
19th October
Shilling Lecture Theatre
It's movie time! Bring your own drinks, snacks and blankets to enjoy your evening to the fullest.
Black History Month Discussion Night
20th October
Medicine
Join African-Caribbean Society throughout this month for some spirited discussions about important Black History Month topics and issues.
An Audience with Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE
21st October
MS Teams
Staff and students are invited to join the Royal Holloway Black and Global Majority Staff Network as we chat with anti-racism campaigner, education advocate and Labour Peer Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE.
Black History Month Discussion Night
27th October
Medicine
Join African-Caribbean Society throughout this month for some spirited discussions about important Black History Month topics and issues.