Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the successes and achievements of black heroes and a time for recognising their impact in society. It creates wonderful opportunities for us to remember the outstanding contributions people of African descendant worldwide have made to the global societies over many generations.
Black history is not just about the bad times people of African descendant have been through, but it is about their integrity, peace, determination, solidarity and leadership in spite of these battles. “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom”- Malcolm X.
The Sheffield Hallam Students' Union says that this celebration should be a continuous celebration and not just a one-month event. Moreso, we also stand in solidarity with the BLM movement and with everyone protesting for equality and civil rights. We want to continue this anti-racist approach and that is why our theme for this year's Black History Month celebration is “Beyond Being Visible (Black Lives Matter)”.
The aim of this year’s BHM celebration is to promote and celebrate African descendant contributions to society, to enhance student understanding of BHM and to create a platform for discussion about HE institutional racism and the degree awarding gap.
We are also going to relate this year's Black History Month celebration to how universities and students' unions could make students' lives, academic achievements and experiences of black staff, students and other people of colour matter. There are no other ways to achieve this than to be an anti-racist institution, reduce the degree awarding gap, improve mental health support for BME and end all forms of institutional discrimination in UK universities.
We also want to educate students more about BHM and anti-racism. Please click the link for this year’s BHM reading lists
We should not continue to pretend to be an anti-racist generation when black and other people of colour in our community continue to face racism and discrimination every day. WE MUST ACT.
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward.” - Ijeoma Oluo.
Join us in October to learn more about black history and how to eradicate racism during Sheffield Hallam Students' Union's BHM 2020 celebration with the theme “Beyond Being Visible (Black Lives Matter)”.
Students' Union President, Andrew Adegbola