Black History Month 2015 events explore the fight for equality, power politics and inspirational figures

Posted by ap507 at Oct 09, 2015 12:03 PM |
A series of events organised by the University of Leicester throughout the month of October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 October 2015

From Muhammad Ali’s role in Black Power politics to the changing nature of India’s relationship with the African continent, the University of Leicester is celebrating Black History Month 2015 by hosting a number of free public events throughout October. 

Black History Month celebrates the heritage, history, arts, culture and accomplishments of people across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, helping to understand the present through our past.

The list of events includes:

  • 15 October - Dr George Lewis from the University of Leicester’s School of History will be delivering a free public ‘Remembering Rosa Parks’ event to teach people about the ongoing fight for minority rights in the United States in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.
  • 16 October – ‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester: A Story of Staff Experiences’ event, including a presentation to recognise selected nominees.
  • 20 October - Dr Jen Dickinson from the University of Leicester’s Department of Geography will be exploring the changing nature of India’s political and economic relationship with the African continent, from the 1800s through to the present day, at a free public lecture which will look at the scramble for Africa both by India and other countries through the years and will discuss the current state of Africa.
  • 21 October - Fighting Spirit Magazine’s Will Cooling will explore Muhammad Ali’s role in Black Power politics. He’ll look at issues including his involvement in the Nation of Islam and racially-charged taunting of Joe Frazier in attempt to establish how sincere Ali was in his advocacy of Black Power.
  • 22 October – In a lecture organised by the University of Leicester’s Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE), Lord Ouseley will discuss how fifty years after the introduction of race relations legislation in Great Britain, the nation is still dogged by polarised opinions on race, ethnicity, inequalities, immigration, integration, segregation and discrimination.

Humaa Noori, Equalities Adviser from the University of Leicester’s Equalities Unit, said: “Celebrating Black History Month is an opportunity to raise your awareness in understanding the experiences of many Black Minority Ethnic (BME) people, and reflecting upon the historical events that influence and contribute to the barriers faced by such communities and individuals today. 

“The University recognises and values the diversity of its staff and students and is committed to creating an environment which not only recognises diversity but celebrates it too.”


Notes to Editors:

For more information about Black History Month please contact Humaa Noori on   

For more information including times and locations of individual events, see below:

  1. 15 October - ‘Remembering Rosa Parks’ – visit the website here:
  2. 16 October – ‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester’ – visit the website here:
  3. 20 October – ‘Modern Scramble for Africa’ – visit the website here:
  4. 21 October - 'Muhammad Ali: The Great Black Hope' – visit the website here:
  5. 22 October – ‘Living in a Diverse Britain-Aspiration, Fears & Different Realities’ – visit the website here:

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