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Black History Month 2021

by Sarah White on 2021-10-08T08:51:00+01:00 | Comments

#ProudToBe Campaign

October is Black History Month in the UK and this year the theme is #ProudToBe. This campaign has been inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, and invites black people of all backgrounds to share what they are proud to be. For example, Proud to be black, Proud to be black & LGBTQ+, Proud to be me.

“By asking people to share what they are Proud To Be we can share both individual stories and the vast richness of diversity that Black and Brown people bring to the UK. Black Lives Matter means people being able to live life to the fullest without having to compromise who they are. Everyone deserves the right to be Proud To Be everything they are and want to be in life.”

Catherine Ross, Editor at Black History Month UK



Chris Njogu, MSc Electric Vehicle Technology student at the University of Bolton shares why he is #ProudToBe:

'Growing up I didn't know the pride of being black. I was one of few in my secondary school and was subject to racist remarks. This made me not take pride in my heritage. However, after visiting my home country of Kenya at the age of 13, I was blessed with the opportunity to see and know who I am and where I come from, which enabled me to embrace my culture and to be proud that I am an African living in the UK. The Black British culture is powerful, vibrant, and filled with diversity of all talents which I am a part of. I am proud to be working towards my MSc in Electric Vehicle Engineering and the President of the Student Diversity Society, and proud to be a part of a people who continue to rise when faced with adversity. #Harambee #ProudToBe'


Black History Month Display

Our Black History Month Display is up in the Main Library, with print books highlighting black achievements in literature, art, politics and more. We have also updated our BHM resource list for 2021, with new resources, events and content.



Events on Campus and Elsewhere

The University of Bolton Students Union will be hosting various activities to mark Black History Month on 12th October in the Chancellor's Mall. Highlights include a drumming workshop, bollywood dancing and games with the African Community Association of Bolton (ACAB).

Other Events:

  • Manchester Central Library is offering a series of free weekly workshops that explore black history through the ages, starting on the 6th October. Find out more here.
  • You can view the full calendar of BHM events that are taking place across the North-West here.
  • You can view the full calendar of online BHM events here. The majority of these events are free to attend!

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