Black is Gold
Putting Black back on the Map: What to expect from Black History Month this year. Check out our videos, events and introductory message from your Welfare Officer, Sara.
"For as long as I can remember, the history I have been taught at school, higher education, through media, art, and literature is a white history. Even the month that is marked out specifically for black history too often focusses on the same historical narrative: white empire and slavery. But black history, and more importantly, black excellence, achievement and royalty was being made long before colonialism- where Nubian royals ruled the lands of Sudan and Egypt for 1400 years, never to be dominated by the Roman empire, and black queens ruled kingdoms across Africa including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Madagascar and Zulu Kingdom.
As the first woman of colour as Welfare and Equality Officer I am keen to change and reclaim the narratives currently dominating our Black History “celebrations”, and honour the black beauty and excellence that our black students deserve. Which brings me to the months theme: Black is Gold.
The opening night features dance, spoken word and music performances, a fashion walk, an art exhibition and traditional Trinidadian cuisine, whilst the closing party will take place in World Headquarters with DJ sets from black student DJ’s. We will also be hosting a panel, in collaboration with the Great Debate Tour, exploring the current issues affecting blackness and black lived experiences, followed by our #BlackChat and #WordsHurt series which reflect the types of racism affecting our black students today. All the events are free to attend and are open to students from all backgrounds who want to learn more about black history and experience some of the beautiful black culture here in the toon! Keep an eye out for posters and social media posts for dates, times and venue[s], as well as an exclusive pull-out in the courier for the month.
If you are a black student and have a keen interest/skill in black history, music, DJing, poetry, dance and want to get involved in the event just drop me an email at email@example.com or pop into the Your Voice office in the ground floor of the SU to have a chat!"
Welfare & Equality Officer, NUSU
A look at last year