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.
"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!
"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.
"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"
We show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter cause and those people exercising their right to peacefully protest against injustices around the world.
October is the month to celebrate Black History. Find out why our board room is named The September Room!
This Black History Month, leader of Race & Cultural Inclusion network, Eddie, and ACS took part in the fantastic Light Art event, check it out!