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Black History Month 2022



Black History Month is a key campaign within the University's annual calendar of events. This year, we will see a variety of engagement opportunities, events and sessions to allow all members of our community to learn about the origins of Black History Month and to celebrate the rich history of Black people in the UK. There will also be opportunities for all of us to learn and better understand how to use our privilege to drive change and further inclusion.

If you would like your events and activities to be included and promoted here then let us know by email.

Black History Month 2022 – Special Bulletin

Read our 2022 Black History Month bulletin and get involved through the events, activities and resources brought together and compiled by students and colleagues at the University of Exeter. Below are previous BHM bulletins.

Black History Month Bulletin 2021

Black History Month Bulletin 2020

The Students' Guild and The Students' Union have pages for BHM. Click below for info

Click through the tabs below for highlights of events happening for BHM and resources

W/C 03 October 2022

Below is a list of highlight events for BHM 2022 for the week commencing 03 October 2022


Film Screening - Queen and Slim

Wednesday 06 October 2022 (18:30 – 20:50 BST)

Location: Cornwall, Penryn - SoFT (School of Film & Television) Cinema

Please keep in mind that food and drinks are not allowed in the cinema. 


Anna Horn, Black Feminism, Maternal Health and Motherhood

Friday 07 October 2022 (10:00 – 11:30 BST)

Location: University of Exeter (Online Event)

In this interview with Prof. Nandini Chatterjee, Anna Horn will explore how Black feminism frames her scholarship and activism in Black maternal health, reproduction and motherhood, through research and lived experience as a Black American residing in the UK.


In-Between Lines

Friday 07 - 09 October 2022 (17:30 BST onwards)

Location: Devon, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

Exeter Decolanising Network and The Roots Resistance are holding an exhibition that explores the influence of MIXED-RACE heritage and CARE-EXPERIENCE on a person’s identity. We will also explore themes of colourism, hair, beauty, and family dynamic. This is as much your story as it is ours. 

Friday 07 - Sunday 09 October 2022 (17:30 BST onwards) - Exhibition

Friday 07 October 2022 (19:00 BST onwards) - Panel Discussion

Saturday 08 October 2022 (20:00 BST onwards) - Poetry Night


Black Cornish History Exhibition

Saturday 08 October 2022 (10:00 - 15:00 BST)

Location: Cornwall - Kresen Kernow, Little Vauxhall, Redruth TR15 1AS (EXTERNAL)

This exhibition in open to the public from October 8th until October 31st for Black History Month. For this open day event on October 8th the artist and historian will be available all day to welcome visitors and talk about the exhibition.


W/C 10 October 2022

Below is a list of highlight events for BHM 2022 for the week commencing 10 October 2022


BHM Reflection Tree Event

Monday 10 October 2022 (Opens 12:00 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - The Forum

Come join us at the Forum to kick off the BHM events for October, we will be writing what black history means to each of us on cards and displaying it around the forum, discussing our thoughts and expectations for BHM at Exeter. Come along to express yourself and meet new people!


Black Books Discussion

Tuesday 11 October 2022 (Opens 13:00 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham -DH1 Lending Library, Devonshire House

As part of our celebrations for Black History Month 2022, we are inviting you to come and discuss books by Black authors about the black experience. Come to our drop-in discussion at our community Lending Library. Whether you have a book you want to bring to talk about, or want to hear from others – you’re very welcome.


Inclusivity, the African way: Belonging in African Thought

Wednesday 12 October 2022 (14:30 – 16:30 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - Syndicate Room B, Building:One (plus online access)

This seminar is an invitation to explore African thoughts about inclusivity and belonging. Blessing Chapfika from Hull University will demonstrate, through Ubuntu philosophy, that a community is where different people meet and commit to accept and respect each other’s unique identity and ways of being.


Politics Film and Pizza Night: Statue Wars (One Summer in Bristol)

Wednesday 12 October 2022 (17:00 - 19:00 BST)

Location: Cornwall, Penryn - Old Chapel Lecture Theatre

Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) Cornwall is pleased to present five films, which examine the politics of communication. Screenings will be followed by discussion. All staff and students at Penryn campus are welcome to join. Bring your own beverage.


Screening of Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Thursday 13 October 2022 (17:30 & 20:00 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - Devonshire House, M and D Room

This documentary directed by Questlove (of ‘The Roots’) takes an in-depth look at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival through a series of period footage as well as interviews with different artists that were present. Far less known than Woodstock despite featuring hugely influential artists like Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, Summer of Soul shines a light on a major cultural event previously forgotten to time. Screened in collaboration with the UoE Business School Global Festival, celebrating Black History Month. Free popcorn with every ticket.

The cinema is located in the M&D room, at the back of Devonshire House 1, along from La Comida (The burrito place)

Tickets can also be bought for cash, on the door, 30 minutes before the screening

17:30 Filming tickets

20:00 Filming tickets


Screening of Babylon + Intro

Thursday 13 October 2022 (18:00 BST onwards)

Location: Devon, Exeter - Exeter Phoenix

A rare chance to see this classic film about Black Britain on the big screen. With its fierce portrayal of the racism facing young black men and its fabulous reggae soundtrack, Babylon’ is a prescient view of society at the dawn of Thatcherism that remains just as relevant today.

Reggae ‘toaster ‘Blue’ and his crew, Ital Lion, are looking forward to an upcoming sound clash competition with a rival sound system. As the day of the competition draws closer, Blue faces escalating pressures from the police and local racists and his life begins to unravel both at home and on the street. Eventually his sense of frustration and isolation from society leads him to drastic actions. Set and shot in 1979 South London, this superbly acted, coming-of-age tale brilliantly captures an emerging subculture and an important moment in British social history. On its initial release Babylon’s subversive spirit was met with bewilderment —hinting at why this British cult classic remains tragically underseen. 

Screening in partnership with The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, who hold the production archive on Babylon’,  to mark Black History Month this film will be introduced by Dr Clive Nwonka, Associate Professor in Film, Culture and Society at University College, London. Clive is the author of ‘Black Film/British Cinema II’ and the forthcoming ‘Black Boys: The Aesthetics of British Urban Film’ and has authored reports on race and the British film industry.

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BIPOC Network presents: Controversial Conversations and Coffee

Friday 14 October 2022 (18:00 - 22:30 BST)

Location: Cornish Bank, Falmouth, TR11 3EF

The night will feature a series of guest speakers, poetry readings and open conversation.

A relaxed evening in recognition and celebration of Black History Month, with no pressure to be as involved at all.

The night will end with a Signwriters auction: Auctioning handmade signs made locally - raising money for Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugees.


Painting Event

Friday 14 October 2022 (14:30 – 16:30 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - DH2, Devonshire House

An opportunity for our Students of Colour and allies students to come express what Black History Month or the Black experience means to them by painting mini canvasses with pictures, patterns, words, or whatever you want! Drop in for some or all of the time. We will provide the canvases, paints, pens, etc.


CANCELLED - Professor Gretchen Gerzina - Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History

Friday 14 October 2022 (Opens 13:00 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - Lecture Theatre 1, Queen’s Building

Join us at the University of Exeter as Professor Gretchen Gerzina reads from the new edition of her classic book BLACK ENGLAND: A FORGOTTEN GEORGIAN HISTORY. The idea that Britain became a mixed-race country after 1945 is a common mistake. By the eighteenth century, Black people could be found in clubs and pubs, there were churches for Black people and organisations for helping Black people who were out of work or in trouble. Whether prosperous citizens or newly freed slaves, their dramatic, often moving story is told in this talk through the lives of several Black Britons.  The triumphs and tortures of Black England, the ambivalent relations between the races, sometimes tragic, sometimes heart-warming, are brought to life in this well-researched and wonderfully readable account.



Black History: More Than a Month

Saturday 15 October 2022 (20:00 BST)

Location: Online (Zoom - please register via Eventbrite)

Join Inspiring Women Network (IWN) and Bryan Knight for an online talk to continue the discussion on Black History: More Than a Month. The event will also share participant experiences from IWN's Cornish Black History project and have time for an open discussion. 

W/C 17 October 2022

Below is a list of highlight events for BHM 2022 for the week commencing 17 October 2022


Politics Film and Pizza Night: Hidden Figures

Wednesday 19 October 2022 (17:00 - 19:00)

Location: Cornwall, Penryn - Old Chapel Lecture Theatre

Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) Cornwall is pleased to present five films, which examine the politics of communication. Screenings will be followed by discussion. All staff and students at Penryn campus are welcome to join. Bring your own beverage.


Sophisticated Racism: Navigating the Terrain

Thursday 20 October 2022 (17:30 – 19:00 BST)

Location: Virtual Event - University of Oxford (EXTERNAL)

The University of Oxford’s BME Staff Network and Equality and Diversity Unit are pleased to announce that the 2022 Oxford Black History Month Lecture will be a hybrid event.

Dr Victoria Showunmi will be giving an interactive lecture entitled: Sophisticated Racism: Navigating the Terrain based on her latest publication Understanding and Managing Sophisticated and Everyday Racism: Implications for Education and WorkThis hybrid event is open to the public.

To register for virtual event click here


Film Screening - The Colour Purple

Thursday 20 October 2022 (18:00 – 21:00 BST)

Location: Cornwall, Penryn - SoFT (School of Film & Television) Cinema

Entry is at 18:00 with the film beginning at 18:30.

Please keep in mind that food and drinks are not allowed in the cinema.


Angeline Morrison at the Redruth Drapery - Tradfolk

Saturday 22 October 2022 (19:30 BST)

Location: Cornwall - Redruth Drapery, 4 W End, Cornwall TR15 2RZ (EXTERNAL)

Angeline Morrison is a vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Morris dancer based in Cornwall, who believes in the inherent beauty of sad songs. Angeline’s homespun sonic aesthetic, deeply emotive writing and layered vocal harmonies are all stitched together to make small, tender, often dark stories in song. This Black History Month sees the release of Angeline’s new album “The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience”. The UK’s historic Black presence is evidenced but not well known, and difficult to find in the UK’s existing body of folk songs. This album is the result of research into the historic Black population of these islands. It is a work of re-storying, of lives and of experiences, into songs in the folk style. This event is part of Lowender Peran, a celebration of Cornwall’s distinctive culture and its Celtic connections.


Film and Food Night: Girlhood!

Saturday 22 October 2022 (18:00 – 21:00 BST)

Location: City Life Church, Truro, TR1 3BD (EXTERNAL)

IWN is screening Girlhood (2014) directed by Céline Sciamma. Food served (£) from 18:00, film screening (free) at 19:30.

W/C 24 October 2022

Below is a list of highlight events for BHM 2022 for the week commencing 24 October 2022


Heroes and Role Models

Monday 24 October 2022 (16:00 – 17:00 BST)

Location: Online event

Join Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, in an interactive workshop exploring her research into the UK population's heroes and role models. She'll share her findings before opening up the floor to discuss issues including why certain individuals feature more prominently, and whether factors such as ethnic identity may influence perception. This interdisciplinary session is likely to be of particular interest to students of politics, social sciences, media studies and geography.

For more information click here


Live Music: Ghetto Orange

Tuesday 25 October 2022 (19:00 – 23:00 BST)

Location: Cornwall, Falmouth - Cornish Bank

The SU is so excited to be collaborating with musician Ghetto Orange to bring you some live music!

For more information click here


Black Health Inequalities and Destigmatising Sexual & Mental Health

Wednesday 26 October 2022 (12:30 BST onwards)

Location: Devon, St Luke's - South Cloisters 3.06

For Black History Month this year, we will be having our first HLS (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences) faculty-wide event, and we would like to invite you to join us in discussing Black health inequalities and ways to destigmatise Black mental and sexual health. The event will be catered (pizza) and our panels will include a wide range of brilliant academics, researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students. 

The event will take place on the 26 October 2022 at St Luke's Campus, South Cloisters 3.06. Pizza and networking will begin at 12:30 and panel discussions will start at 13:30. Transportation will be provided for students who need to travel to St Luke's campus (from Streatham). More details will be provided closer to the event, to registered participants. 

Registration closes on the 14 October 2022 at 18:00

Please register here to secure your spot. Please note, since the event is catered. Please inform us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies on the form provided.


Beyond Black History Month – Action on race equality

Wednesday 26 October 2022 (16:00 - 17:00 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - Roborough Studios

Join the Vice–Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts and Shraddha Chaudhary, Assistant Director Culture and Inclusion for a panel discussion about the action we are taking to tackle racism and create a fair socially just and inclusive society.


The Windrush Generation's legacy in the UK

Wednesday 26 October 2022 (16:00 – 17:00 BST)

Location: Online event

Hear the hidden voices of the Windrush Generation. In this informative session Jasmin, a current student and member of the Students of Colour Association, will share her grandparent's testimony to explore the experience migrating from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1973, how their lives contributed to the formation of a post-war Britain, and the impact of the Windrush scandal. This is the first event in our Windrush series celebrating the stories of this generation. This interdisciplinary session is likely to be of particular interest to students of history, geography and politics.

For more information click here


Decolonising the Curriculum

Thursday 27 October 2022 (16:00 – 17:00 BST)

Location: Online event

How can what we’re taught reinforce existing power structures, and what can be gained from critically reviewing our curriculum? Join us to discuss the University of Exeter’s investment delivering a more inclusive curriculum. Using the ‘Decolonising Geography’ project as a case study, we will explore what it means to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum and examine the innovative ways in which the Geography department is reimagining education.

For more information click here

W/C 31 October 2022

Below is a list of highlight events for BHM 2022 for the week commencing 31 October 2022


Film Screening - Queen and Slim

Wednesday 06 October 2022 (18:30 – 20:50 GMT)

Location: Cornwall - SoFT (School of Film & Television) Cinema

Please keep in mind that food and drinks are not allowed in the cinema. 

Events not falling within BHM 2022

Below is a list of highlight events that do not fall during BHM 2022


Edson Burton, A Question Beyond the Shards

Thursday 29 September 2022 (19:00 – 23:00 BST)

Location: Devon, Streatham - Digital Humanities Lab

University of Exeter Digital Humanities Lab

Drawing upon numerous examples from Black musical cultures Dr Edson Burton explores the relationship between Black self-representation and racism. He questions whether it is possible to create reclamation of racist tropes, or 'traditional identities.' Inspired by afrofuturism and speculative fiction he argues Blackness is a project of new curation. Part performance, lecture and discussion, A Question beyond the Shards will be an opportunity for students to explore a broad range of themes surrounding Black identity, resistance and art.

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Student Societies (Devon)

Student Societies (Cornwall)

Staff Network



Nilaari: A counselling service for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community

The service is a culturally appropriate counselling service based in Bristol who provide help and support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. Their counsellors are trained and qualified in the same way as our own Wellbeing staff.

Nilaari offer a range of therapies for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people experiencing:

  • stress and worry
  • general anxiety and depression
  • low self-esteem and low confidence


Many Rivers Sessions

Thursday’s fortnightly (17:30 - 19:00 GMT) Starting 29 September

Location: Cornwall, Penryn - Exchange Courtyard 12

An independently facilitated space for students of colour. We meet to talk together, support each other, share our wisdom or just listen.