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Events

On-campus

Human Rights in Africa
Tuesday 9 October, 6-7pm, OC1.09

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"Come along to Warwick Amnesty's talk with British-Nigerian freelance journalist Nosmot Gbadamosi, whose work focuses on human rights, culture, innovation, and sustainable development. Within these broad themes, she has reported from across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Her writing has appeared in Equal Times, CNN, Sunday Times, The Guardian, New Internationalist, and The Ecologist among others."

Middle East and North Africa Reading Group
Wednesday 10 October, 4pm, Wolfson Research Exchange

“Calling out all postgraduate students and staff interested in the study of the Middle East and North Africa region. Whether your research is centered on the MENA region or if you simply have an interest in it, you are welcome to join this new reading group which aims to foster a wide variety of discussions relevant to the study of the region amongst postgraduate students in an informal and friendly setting. The plan is to meet on a biweekly basis starting from Week 2 in Term 1, and the discussion material could include novels, short stories, films, academic articles, etc.”. The first meeting is on Wednesday 10 October, at 4pm, in Wolfson Research Exchange Room 3, and the set reading is Raja Shehadeh's Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape."

The Hundred-Foot Journey Film Screening and Popcorn
Wednesday 10 October, 5pm, Warwick Medical School GLT4

"Come along to a screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey at 5pm in GLT4 in Gibbet Hill Academic Building. For further information contact Sunita Palmer via Sunita.Palmer@warwick.ac.uk."

Black Women's Project - A Seat at the Table
Wednesday 10 October, 5:30-8:30pm, MS.04

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  • "Sharing experiences of black women at Warwick University.
  • Hearing from members of the exec and non exec members.
  • A safe space for expression and sisterhood."

Herstory: Black Women's Lives in Britain
(with Warwick Anti-Racism Society and Warwick Anti-Sexism Society)
Thursday 11 October, 6:15-9pm, MS.03

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"This Black History Month, we are committed to running events that focus on the narratives and histories of those who are excluded from our established understanding of 'Black History'. We have decided to run an event focusing on the contributions, experiences, herstories and acts of resistance of Black British Caribbean women in Britain with a specific focus on the Windrush generation from the 60s through to the 80s but also with a section that focuses on the future of Black British Caribbean women in this country. Especially in light of the government’s recent decision to refuse citizenship to Windrush generation members."

Looking Back at Black history in Britain: A Sample from the Collections.
1-31 October, Warwick Library

"For Black History Month, the Library has selected material from the Ethnicity and Migration collection and the MRC’s Minority Art’s holdings. This exhibit (in the Floor 1 Display Case) celebrates the Black communities and activists who rose up to provide support, refuge and carnival in the face of systematic racial injustice and persecution. It simultaneously highlights, through contemporary journals, reports and images the discrimination, hostility and violence which fuelled Black resistance and determination for equality throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s."

Black Women Navigating Erasure, Invisibility and Hypervisibility
(with Warwick Anti-Sexism Society)
Wednesday 17 October, 7-9pm, MS.01

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"This Black History Month we wanted to centre the voices of those who are often excluded from our idea of 'Black History'. Black women find themselves simultaneously:
a) hypervisible - our politicised bodies, emotions and livelihood left 'open to debate' and talked about in the abstract
b) invisible - our ideas, narratives and needs not talked about and not considered
c) erased - our contributions completely left out of public record, our lives undocumented and forgotten

Come along for a Black women-led event filled with spoken word, conversations and a photography exhibition."

So What If I'm Black and I'm Gay
(with Warwick Anti-Racism Society)
Thursday 25 October, 6:30-9:30pm, PLT (Physics Lecture Theatre)

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"More information to come..."

Professor Gus John: What Should Black History Month Mean Today?
Friday 26 October, 12-2pm, A0.28 (Milburn House)

More information online at warwick.ac.uk/ProfJohn18

"Professor Gus John is a renowned activist and academic who has been working in education, youth work and social justice since the 1960s. In 2016, he was chosen as one of the 30 Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders globally.

On Friday 26 October, Professor John will speak at Warwickon what Black History Month should mean today. Last year was the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK, and we’re now in a time of, on the one hand, growing movements on decolonising curricula, mobilising the global African diaspora, and reparatory justice, and on the other hand, the resurgence of fascism in Europe. This talk will explore this subject and the implications for the Higher Education sector and Black History Month more broadly."

Black Liberation & Labour
(with University of Warwick Labour Society)
Friday 26 October, 6-7:30pm, MS.04

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"The Labour Party has an undeniable history of complicity in structures of imperialism and anti-Black racism. Alongside that runs a tradition of anti-racism and black self-organisation culminating in the 1970s and 80s formation of Black sections and the subsequent election of a group of black MPs in 1987 including Diane Abbott now shadows the arguably most institutionally racist government department.

To what extent has the labour party overcome this historic complicity and moved beyond these achievements of the 80s? In the context of this history what would an anti-racist police, migration and equalities policy look like? Is the labour party today a viable political vehicle for black activists in the struggle for liberation?Join our panel to discuss."

It's Already Too Late: The Need for Black Radical Politics (with Kehinde Andrews)
Monday 29 October, 6:30-7:30pm, L4

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"The PPE Society is pleased to welcome Dr Kehinde Andrews for its next Speaker Series event on Monday the 29th at 6:30PM in L4, discussing the case for radical social movements, how racism is rooted in political economy, and on the politics of revolution.

Dr Andrews is the professor of black studies at Birmingham City University, co-chair of the Black Studies Association, and author of “Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century”. His study of ethnography, race, and social activism challenge common perceptions of western states and has led Dr Andrews to be a prominent champion of BME rights and a critic of states and businesses in their role in promoting ongoing racism in society."

The Future of the Black History Campaign
Tuesday 30 October, 3-5pm, MR2 (SU HQ)

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"At Warwick SU, we are conscious that the stories and discourses of Black people, and groups who have made and are making history are often neglected or even deliberately erased. It is, therefore, crucial that we celebrate Black History Month, to oppose this erasure. We’ve loved seeing so many societies embracing this, from Herstory, an event highlighting the impact of Black British Caribbean women on Britain, to discussions about the need for Black radical politics. 

However, Black history doesn’t fit in a month – we shouldn’t expect it to. That’s why, as we come to the end of October, we’re launching the Black History Campaign: a campaign that will commit to the work of re-centring Black narratives the entire year, not just for a month. Join us in celebrating Black people who have made, and are making history – and in planning for the future of this campaign. Pop along for however long suits you to see our exhibition of Black History heroes & to let us know what you want to see from your Black History Campaign."

Off-campus

Belgrade Theatre Coventry (4 - 6 October)
Oliva Tweest belgrade.co.uk/event/oliva-tweest.

“Spectacular new Afrobeats musical Oliva Tweest follows the ambitious dreams of London hustler and club-promoter Tobi, as he navigates comedic and sometimes explosive clashes with women, family tradition, and his reawakened conscience”.

Belgrade Theatre Coventry (8 October)
Pressure, Film Screening belgrade.co.uk/event/pressure-film-screening.

“Hailed as Britain’s first black feature film, Pressure was released in 1976 and is set in 1970s London. It tells the story of Tony, a bright school-leaver and son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents’ church-going conformity and his brother’s move towards the Black Power movement”.

Town Hall Symphony Hall (16 October)
Presenting Mokoomba
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"Mokoomba brings audiences an electrifying blend of Afro-fusion and tantalizing traditional Tonga rhythms. The name Mokoomba stems from the deep respect that the Tonga people have for the Zambezi River and for the vibrant life that it brings to their music and culture. This exciting Tonga group mix Zimbabwean rhythms, Afrobeat and Afrorock.

In February 2017 Zimbabwe’s most celebrated young band Mokoomba came with a new offering: Luyando. On Luyando, Mokoomba modified their rock-band oriented line-up to record a more raw, acoustic album. Their music is rooted in the local traditions and life in their hometown of Victoria Falls, a town on the Zambezi River named after the spectacular waterfall."

University of Wolverhampton (18 October)
Inspiring the Next Generation - Our Black Role Models in the Community 
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"An all-inclusive conference celebrating current and historical black role models. Speakers will share their experiences of living in today’s society, the challenges they face and how they overcome them. We want you to share your views and ideas about how you have been inspired by influential role models and how we can inspire others.

With keynote speakers and community representatives we aim to create and inspire the next generation to become role models, whilst debating the importance of role models in our community. Speakers and attendees will discuss their personal paths to success, and the role models who have influenced them.

The topics for discussion will be:

  • Black Business Network
  • Family focus: It takes a village to raise a child
  • Successful Black Role Models
  • Workshop for Young People"

Belgrade Theatre Coventry (22 October)
Black, Radical and Proud
 belgrade.co.uk/event/conversation-on-black-activism

"Join us for a conversation about Black Activism.

Dr Kehinde Andrews is an author, activist and associate professor of Sociology. His research specialises in race and racism. Drawing from his brand new book entitled ‘Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century’ (2018), Kehinde will be discussing the movement that was born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism.

Esther Stanford-Xosei is an internationally acclaimed Pan-African Reparationist. Having charted new grounds as an interdisciplinary legal and history scholar-activist in the theory, research and praxis of Pan-African Reparations for Global Justice, Esther will be sharing her experiences of leading social movements and grassroots activism."