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Black History Month 2022

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.

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 GMT)

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

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

W/C 10 October 2022

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


Professor Gretchen Gerzina - Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History

Friday 14 October 2022 (17:00 – 18:30 GMT)

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.

This event is free but spaces are limited. Sign up at Eventbrite

W/C 17 October 2022

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


Sophisticated Racism: Navigating the Terrain

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

Location: Virtual Event - University of Oxford

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

W/C 24 October 2022

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


Live Music: Ghetto Orange

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

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

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 GMT)

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.

Sign up for free at Eventbrite