"It is safe to say that the past year and a half has been a time like no other. The last 18 months have held a mirror up to the world and forced many to realize the harsh reality of racism, from the disproportionate effect of Covid on Black people, the horrific murder of George Floyd to the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor in the US.
Here in the UK, the scale and impact of racism has also been laid bare, with the 20,000 young Black men searched in London during the first lockdown and Black members of England football squad alienated from the country they represent. At the same time, #BlackLivesMatter has sparked commitment among many to educate themselves about Black History, heritage, and culture in order to understand racism and stand in solidarity against it. If that commitment is to transcend beyond social media posts and begin to inform real change, all communities must embrace Black History month as a starting point for educating, exploring, discovering and celebrating Black History.
This year’s Black History Month is a crucial opportunity to reflect on our shared history as a University, a community, and a nation. It is a time to tell the whole story honestly and truthfully, to decolonise and reclaim our history, and to share stories from the perspectives of those people affected by it.
As we emerge back into the world, Black History Month 2021 is also a time to look forward and celebrate the here and now – and the future possibilities. To me, the NUSU Our Black History month, encapsulates this."
Welfare & Equality Officer