Black History Month 2019 Celebrations

Posted by Aneesah Kamran at Nov 06, 2019 12:00 AM |
The School of Physics and Astronomy marked Black History Month 2019 with the celebration of many prominent Black Physicists, as well as highlighting the current stark lack of representation of Black Physicists within the United Kingdom.

For Black History Month 2019, the School of Physics and Astronomy showcased an exhibition of many eminent Black Physicists across various fields from Astrophysics and Space Science to Theoretical Physics. The exhibition, created by Aneesah Kamran, was on display in the Physics foyer throughout October.

As well as celebrating the achievements of many successful Black Physicists, it was also important to address the very clear lack of representation of Black people within Physics. A display, created by Naomi Rowe-Gurney, showed the national statistics of Black people within various levels of academia ranging from PhD students to Professors, and was exhibited in the Physics common room throughout the month.

This year’s Black History Month culminated in a celebration where Oge Obioha, the President of the Students’ Union, and Tony Magaia, the Equality and Liberation Officer, were invited to say a few words on the importance of celebrating Black History Month, and ensuring that we are all committed to celebrating Black Physicists and Black History all year round.

 

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