Black History Month | Game Changer

This October we're celebrating Black History Month.

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What is Black History Month?

The 1st of October marks the start of black history month in the UK. This annual celebration recognises the history of events, achievements and lasting contributions of black men and women in our society. 

Barack Obama


"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some time. We are the ones we've been waiting for."
— Barack Obama




Since 1915 the celebration of Black History Month has developed with inspirational role models, presidents and sportspeople.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, Black History Month has launched a 'Proud to be' campaign that consists of black communities coming together and sharing their own stories and achievements of what they are proud to be. The campaign aims to be personal and unique while also focusing on revisiting and making history of black people in society. Additionally, by promoting equality, the Proud To Be campaign creates a sense of awareness around the topics and events of black history. PROUD TO BE

Let's make it a festival of celebration and shape the future the right way! 

Rosa Parks



"Each person must live their life as a model for others." — Rosa Parks. 




 Dulcie September (1935 - 1988)

Dulcie September was a South African anti-apartheid teacher political activist who was sentenced to five years in prison for joining the African Peoples Democratic Union. She subsequently suffered severe mental and physical abuse. After being released, the Pretoria regime-controlled her activities which included a 5-year banning order from engaging in political activity and practising her profession. 

After the banning order drew to a close, she secured a position at Madeley College of Education in Staffordshire. Sadly, one early morning in Paris, when collecting her mail, she was assassinated. 

In October 2011, Staffordshire University Students' Union honoured Dulcie September by renaming their boardroom the 'September Room'. Colleges would not accept her in the UK due to her political background; however, our Vice-Chancellor at the time, Keith Thompson,  granted her a place to study with Staffs. 

What's On

M9 Awakening - Live
15th October 8pm - 9pm
SUL BHM -Black Owned Hackney Market
16th October 11am - 17th October 6pm
Bohemia Place Markets
Weekend market featuring exclusively black-owned businesses
SUL BHM - Black Tech Fest
19th October noon - 21st October 5pm
One Staffs. cafe - Black History Month Social: Proud to Be
20th October 5pm - 6:39pm
Digital kiln, Mellor building
One Staffs. cafe - Black History Month Social: Proud to Be Food and refreshments provided No need to book, just come along
Film night - City of God
24th October 6pm - 8pm
Film Theatre
with Luke Bailey (Casualty/Waterloo Road)
Black History Month Public Lecture
25th October 6pm - 7:30pm
Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke Campus
Inspiring Story: From MOBO to MOBOLISE - by Kanya King Founder of the MOBO Awards
SUL BHM - Public Lecture
25th October 6pm - 7:30pm
Race and Cultural Inclusion Network Drop in
4th November noon - 2pm
Reload Cafe - London Campus


A word from Race and Cultural Inclusion Network
Edward Bammeke

Staffordshire University Students' Union Marketing


We show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter cause and those people exercising their right to peacefully protest against injustices around the world.

We Need to Talk About Race…

"I was afraid to talk about race. I didn’t feel like it was something that involved me, especially once I was actively aware of my position of privilege as a white person"

Black History Month Pledge

see the Unions' commitment to stand against racism and discrimination.



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