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Black History Matters

Despite not being able to join together in person, our fully digital programme will aim to create an University community with the opportunity to learn, speak out and feel empowered.


Your NUSU President and Welfare & Equality Officer have launched this campaign dedicated to creating community, starting a conversation and busting myths.


Why "Black History Matters"?

One can tell a lot about a nation, by what it deems important enough to remember and what it chooses to commemorate. It’s easy for those who are racially privileged (to whatever degree) to overlook the systemic nature of anti-black racism when we don’t know our history. Skewed narratives give us a fragmented view of our society that relegates institutionalised racial oppression to the realm of the distant past. But in fact, some of the most appalling and blatant instances of historic anti-blackness happened in the U.K. happened within the past sixty years: the Windrush Scandal, Stephen Lawrence, the Brixton Riots, Notting Hill Riots. 

"We live in a society of an imposed forgetfulness, a society that depends on public amnesia." – Angela Davis

It cannot be ignored that white history takes priority at present. Black History Month seeks to equalise this, and ultimately, it would be nice to not have to focus on black history; rather, it would be fully incorporated into how we look at history. The U.K. needs to take ownership of its past. That includes the slave trade, imperialism, and colonialism. Instead of brushing it under the carpet, we must confront it head-on. So yes, All History Matters, but right now it is most important to look at the past through the black experience because we miss so much when we do not.

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From Performative to Proactive: An Anti-Racist Workshop

28th October 5-6:30 pm

Join us on zoom as Nadia Ahmed Welfare and Equality Officer, Dorothy Chirwa President and Sohum Pandya BAME Officer run a workshop on how to be a better ally to people of colour. This will be a brave space where we confront topics such as microaggressions, white fragility and how to talk about race.

If you would like to come email for the Zoom link.

The black community shouldn’t have to take responsibility in finding solutions to the racism they did not create. Everyone and especially white people, has a part to play. It is no longer enough to claim to be not racist, it is time to be anti-racist. The resources in this section give a massive amount of reading, watching and learning material to either get you started or help you along the road to becoming a decent ally. 


Watch List

This watch list contains anti-racist movies, tv and documentaries. Due to the nature of anti-racist tv and movies, the following may contain themes of slavery, police brutality and general racially motivated violence. Self-care is an important part of the anti-racist work. Remember to do so.



Films, TV Series, Documentaries and Docuseries

The Hate U Give (2018)

Just Mercy (2019)

Mudbound (2017)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

A United Kingdom (2016)

13th (2016)

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Belle (2013)

Pressure (1976)

Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

Jemima + Johnny (1966)

Dear White People (2014 Film, 2017 TV Series)

When They See Us (2019)

Noughts and Crosses (2020)

Hidden Figures (2016)

42 (2013)

Selma (2014)

Paris is Burning (1990)

Marshall (2017)

Malcolm X (1992)

Black and British (2016)

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

The Colour Purple (1982)

Moonlight (2017)

Naz & Maalik (2014)

Brother to Brother (2004)

Blackbird (2014)

See You Yesterday (2019)


Empowering and Engaging Films


We know that for black people it is often difficult to find portrayals of themselves in a positive light. In a way that celebrates them. We have compiled this list of films that celebrate black people.

Girls Trip (2017)

Love and Basketball (2000)

Queen and Slim (2019)

Precious (2009)

Remember the Titans (2000)

Coach Carter (2005)

Black Panther (2018)

Miss Junteenth (2020)

Black is King (2020)

Queen of Kwatwe (2016)

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Wiz (1978)

What's Love Got Got To Do With It (1993)

Set It Off (1996)

Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella (1997)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Dreamgirls (2006)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Pride (2007)

Pariah (2011)



A Reading List


Natives: Race And Class In The Ruins Of Empire

Black and British: A Forgotten History
David Olusoga

Afua Hirsch

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge

Hood Feminism: Notes from The Women White Feminists Forgot
Mikki Kendall

Ingorious Empire: What the British Did to India
Shashi Thandoor

White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo

Your Silence Will Not Protect You
Audre Lorde

GIRL: Essays on Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic
Kenya Hunt

Women, Race and Class
Angela Y. Davis

Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools
Monique W. Morris

Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space
Derek Owusu

So You Want To Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo

How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi

Are Prisons Obsolete?
Angela Y. Davis

Me and White Supremacy
Layla F Saad

Sister Outsider
Audre Lorde

Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Angela Davis

Loud Black Girls: 20 Black Women Writers Ask: What’s Next?
E. Uviebinené & Y. Adegoke

Killing Rage: Ending Racism
Bell Hooks

Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent
Priyamvada Gopal



Virtual Gallery - Black Faces, White Spaces