SOAS University of London is celebrating Black History Month with music, a series of talks, lectures, film screenings and panel events.
In addition, the SOAS Students’ Union will be hosting a Black History Month Takeover throughout October with a series of panel events, workshops, film screenings and debates. This includes:
‘Is it possible to decolonise the university?’ panel discussion – 17 October
Reni Eddo-Lodge in Conversation with Neheh Cherry – 18 October
Dealing with anti-blackness in non-black POC communities workshop – 22 October
The Centre of African Studies (CAS) will also be hosting a four-part documentary series, ‘Slavery Routes’, which examines the history of slavery and looks at how Africa ended up at the heart of the slavery route. The series is co-convened by SOAS scholar Dr Marie Rodet and will run 8-26 October. CAS is also hosting BARAZA: Swahili studies conference at SOAS on 27 October and the seminar ‘African Freedom: Languages, Contexts, History’ on 22 October.
In addition, the Department of Music will be welcoming the musician Wiyaala as part of the SOAS Concert Series on 19 October.
Black History Month is held every October in Britain. The aims are to promote knowledge of black history and experience, circulate information on positive Black contributions to British Society, and heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage.