to 31 Oct
Every year, every October, we celebrate Black History Month across the University and across the UK. First celebrated in the UK in 1987, Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture ─ how those with African and Caribbean heritage have for centuries played a fundamental role in British history. Remember what they have contributed, what they have achieved. Reflect on whether their contributions are recognised, valued, or are they ignored, forgotten? Throughout the month, everyone is welcome to engage and participate in our Black history events. Everyone is invited to remember our Black history ─ not just in October, but always. We can all learn more by considering our past. We can learn about our triumphs. We can learn about our failures. We can all learn more about racism and its impact on individuals and on communities. We can all learn how to challenge our negative stereotypes.
Programme of Events BHM2022
Exhibition: FORGOTTEN? The story of black and brown Royal Air Force personnel in the Second World War
Reimagining Lincolnshire and the IBCC Digital Archive, in collaboration with the Eleanor Glanville Institute
- Date: Throughout October 2022
- Venue: Various
- Thousands of black and brown people from across the British Empire and Commonwealth volunteered to serve in the RAF during the Second World War. Their contributions and experiences are still largely absent. Our popular image of the RAF in the Second World War remains one of whiteness. This exhibition highlights the experiences of Black and Brown personnel in an effort to ensure that their stories are incorporated into the mainstream narrative, rather than always being treated as somehow separate. Many of the stories proposed for this exhibition have not been told before. No booking is required for this exhibition.
Gilly Anglin-Jarrett: Having the uncomfortable conversation about racism in the workplace
In collaboration with Unison
- Date: Wednesday 12 October 2022
- Time: 2pm–3pm
- Venue: TBC
- Event detail: The experiences of Black Members in their workplaces are too often scarred by the injustice of racism. This affects access to jobs, training, promotions, levels of pay, treatment at work, and the support and opportunities that are due to all workers. Gilly Anglin-Jarrett, Chair of the Regional Black Members Network (RBMN), will talk about how Black staff members have and continue to suffer from racism in their workplaces and the action all staff can take to combat this. Gilly’s regional wide campaign is not only a significant opportunity to develop Branch Black Members Self Organised Groups, but also focuses on supporting white staff to become confident as allies in the workplaces so that they can have that uncomfortable conversation with someone who looks like them. This talk will consider how we can all work together to give Black staff the confidence to raise their concerns, and also educate and train white staff who witness racism to be competent when they challenge the perpetrators. Gilly will describe how to create a non-racist work environment, so that all staff will enjoy every day at work.
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Black lives, intersectionality and the workplace
- Date: Tuesday 18 October 2022
- Time: 4pm–6pm
- Venue: NDH1010
- Register here
Event detail: A panel of postgraduate students studying equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within the Eleanor Glanville Institute (EGI) will be discussing their research about Black individuals within the workplace and the intersectionality of their identities. This will be followed by networking and refreshments.
Kwame Akoto-Bamfo: The art of healing
- Date: Wednesday 19 October 2022
- Time: 6pm–7.30pm
- Platform: Zoom
- Meeting ID: 863 5446 9617
- Passcode: 175376
- Register here
Event detail: Kwame Akoto is a Ghanaian sculptor. His outdoor sculpture dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Transatlantic slave trade is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice that opened in 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. His other sculptures include an installation of 1,200 concrete heads representing Ghana's enslaved ancestors in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Called Faux-Reedom, it was unveiled in 2017.
Connected Heritage & Reimagining Lincolnshire: Black History Month Wikithon
In collaboration with the Library
- Date: Thursday 20 October 2022
- Time: 1pm–4.30pm
- Platform: Zoom
- Event detail: You are invited to learn Wikipedia basics and make some edits to highlight some of the stories and people with connections to Lincolnshire uncovered by the research team at Reimagining Lincolnshire. This event is a part of Wikimedia UK Connected Heritage project, which is funded by DCMS and The National Lottery through The Heritage Fund's Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. Editathons aim to address the underrepresentation of people from the Global South, women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ people in Wikipedia entries and among contributors.
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The Black History Month Wikithon logo (above) was designed by Oonagh Monaghan and features art by University of Lincoln Illustration student Cherry Wright and photos from the Reimagining Lincolnshire’s collection.
Lincoln’s Black History Trail
Hosted by Reimagining Lincolnshire
- Date: Tuesday 25 October 2022
- Time: 10am-12pm
- Venue: Meet at 10am outside the front entrance of University Central Library
- Event detail: Reimagining Lincolnshire has devised Lincoln’s first black history trail – look for leaflets around campus from mid-October for self-guided tours. Or join our guided tour!
- Booking: There is no need to book, but for more information email Victoria Araj
The Hidden Black Presence, Theology and Education in Lincolnshire
Hosted by Reimagining Lincolnshire and BGU
- Date: Monday 31 October
- Time: 4pm–6pm
- Venue: Chapel, Bishop Grosseteste University
- Event detail: BGU is pleased to announce a joint Conference hosted by Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste Universities which will explore neglected contributions of its Black population. Speakers at the event will include Dr Reverend Peter Green, Professor Heather Hughes, Dr Victoria Araj and Kathryn Eleanor Cotton-Betteridge. There will be opportunities for questions to speakers at a discussion chaired by Dr Sheine Peart a live audience. Book your place here.
University Central Library: Black History 2022 reading list
This year we want to hear from you and find out what you have been reading. Get thinking about what texts, films, TV or radio programmes have had an impact on you.
- Are there particular texts, authors, films etc that have had a profound influence on you?
- Is there a film that you think everyone should see?
- Have you felt low or disempowered and been helped by a particular text?
- Are there texts that have motivated you to do more or challenge the status quo?
- Some texts might be challenging or triggering – let us know if we need to include a warning.
- Tell us the reason for your choice of book or other resource.
Exhibition: The Lost Black Sculptor of Lincolnshire
- Date: October–December 2022.
- Venue: University Central Library, Opposite Reception
- Detail: Mahomet Thomas Phillips is one of Lincolnshire's greatest forgotten artists. Born in the Congo in the 1870s, he lived and worked in the county for most of his long career. His sculpture adorns parish churches and war memorials and can also be found in cathedrals and castles up and down the land - and beyond! This exhibition introduces his life and work, in an attempt to recover his place at the forefront of artistic creativity in the county in the early twentieth century.
Talk on Mahomet Thomas Phillips and his work
Hosted by Reimagining Lincolnshire and St. Chad’s Church, Dunholme
- Date: TBC
- Time: TBC
- Venue: St. Chad’s Church, Dunholme, LN2 3QT
- Event detail: Mahomet Thomas Phillips is one of Lincolnshire’s greatest forgotten artists. Born in the Congo in the 1870s, he lived and worked in the county for most of his long career. His sculpture adorns parish churches and war memorials and can also be found in cathedrals and castles up and down the land – and beyond! This talk will include special guests such as members of Mahomet Thomas Phillips family.
University Central Library: Display and showcase
In addition to a display by the Reimagining Lincolnshire team in the main University Library, there will be a promotion of new books and the resources recommended by staff and students. The Library will also promote these resources in a social media campaign over the month of October.
Black History Timeline
Throughout this month there will be a Black British History timeline on display in Minerva.Please take a moment to have a look through, celebrate, reflect, and be educated on some key moments in Black British History.
Reimagining Lincolnshire Reading Group
- Date: TBC
- Time: TBC
- Platform: Zoom
- Event detail: The Reimagining Lincolnshire reading group is a space to discuss and learn from books that have links to the diverse history of the county. We tend to meet once every two months to discuss a chapter or part of a certain book. We are open to book suggestions too.
- Information: Email Victoria Araj
Blackwells have agreed to donate some books and there will be a social media campaign and a chance for students to win a book.