Black History at Leicester

Each October we join the nation to celebrate black history, arts and culture.

Celebration on Victoria ParkAlthough we are proud to join in the Black History Month celebrations, we are determined to continually highlight, celebrate and encourage students and staff to discover more about the culture, heritage, and achievements of the black community which are all too often overlooked.

2017 is the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK and this has inspired the University to delve deep into our own black history, documenting the attitudes and changes in attitudes towards black people and culture throughout our past.

We are also looking to the future, analysing our contribution to race-related research and ensuring that we have a University community where everyone can express their unique culture and heritage.

On this website we will promote relevant events on campus  and throughout the city during Black History Month and beyond.



BHM Filmfest 2017

We are proud to be supporting Serendipity’s month-long film festival at the Phoenix. The programme includes documentaries, biopics and cinema classics from around the world exploring social, cultural and political change, challenges to social and civil rights, and those who have sought to change things for the better.


Attenborough Arts

Let’s Play Vinyl is a nationally touring exhibition at Attenborough Arts from Tuesday 17 October to Friday 17 November 2017, This high quality exhibition portrays the younger generation of sound system men and women artists as productive entrepreneurs, creating their own arts ecology in modern day Britain. Look out for our Let’s Play Vinyl participatory workshops and explore sound systems and technology on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October.


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Literary Leicester

On 18 November, as part of our annual celebration of the written word, two events explore aspects of black history:

  • Green Unpleasant Land: Rural Racism in Contemporary Britain: This panel assembles two researchers, Corinne Fowler and Nathan Kerrigan, the author Catherine Johnson, writer Tajinder Hayer and a local farmer, David Mwanaka, to discuss the experience and phenomenon of rural racism. They will talk about the cultural and literary experiences which underpin this racism and consider how to combat it with evidence, writing and action.
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History: Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga discusses his multi-award winning book. Published to accompany the BBC2 series, the book explores the longstanding relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.


Students' Union

Our Students' Union and student societies are organising a series of events throughout October including exhibitions, film screenings, discussions, talks, social events and sports sessions.


Discovering our past

The Special Collections team at the David Wilson Library are looking for volunteers to discover Leicester's black history. The team are searching the archives for photos, texts and articles about our past. These artefacts will be digitised and become part of an ongoing project to document life, study and research at Leicester.


Celebrating our future

Our Race Equality Action Group are looking to work with colleagues and students with a specific research interest in, or related to, race.

We recently signed up to the Race Equality Charter and established the action group as part of our commitment to advancing race equality.

The group are in search of research and projects which look to engage with black and minority ethnic communities. They are working to establish an awareness of the race-related research expertise we have and to engage students and staff with their work around the charter.

If this is you, complete the form and an action group member will be in touch.

We are pleased to be collaborating as co-chairs of the Race Equalities Action Group. This really is an 'action' group which will call upon analysts and experts from inside and outside the University to identify institutional barriers to race equality. The group will drive genuine and enduring institutional change. We are looking to establish membership which includes representation across a range of areas of the University including colleagues from different levels. If you want to be part of action for change please contact who will be in contact to discuss this opportunity further.
Dr Corrine Fowler and Dr Saeeda Shah (Co-Chairs of the Race Equality Action Group)

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