Black History Month

Welcome to Black History Month 2021

We’re super excited to bring you this campaign where you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate Black culture and heritage, learn about Black History from a variety of perspectives and try something new!

The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement last year stands as a reminder to us all that racial injustice is still prevalent in our society and we each need to do what we can to educate ourselves on these issues. It is important to confront the challenging questions raised about race and racial inequality as well as showcase the immense achievements of Black people both past and present – what better way to learn more than to take part in some of our events?

Black History Month here at QMSU and BLSA is brought to you by our Organising Committee and many of our societies and student groups who have worked to bring you a great range of events and activities. We’re committed to shining a light on the diversity of our Black students so make sure to check out the full programme as well as our Culture List where you can discover a great selection of books, films, TV shows and music and more.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Saynab Sharif, Vice President Humanities & Social Sciences

Upcoming events

Black History Month Showcase
28th October 7pm - 9:30pm
The Octagon at QMUL Mile End Campus
Join us with a showcase to celebrate Black History Month! This showcase highlights the beauty, variety and depth of black culture through the performing arts, ranging from all kinds of music, dance, spoken word and original compositions.
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Black Societies Spotlight

Black History Month is the perfect time to engage with some of our Black student groups and their events. There are a range to choose from and they’d love to welcome you to their activities!

We have an African and Caribbean Society (ACS and BL ACS) on each of our Mile End and Whitechapel campuses where you can engage with black culture and make new friends. If you're interested in learning more about particular cultures, why not check out Somali Society or North African Society? If you're a black girl and you love to read, then get in touch with Women of Colour Book Club!

QM ACS - @qmulacs
BL ACS - @bartsacs
Decolonise - @decoloniseqmul
Somali Society - @qmsomsoc
North African Society - @qmnasoc
Women of Colour Book Club - @QMULWOCBC
Diaspora Speaks - @diasporaspeaks

BHM 2021 Culture List

Click the drop-downs below to see our Culture List, a selection of books, film, TV, podcasts and more recommended by our Black History Month Organising Committee.

Fiction
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Candice Carty-Williams, Queenie
  • Alice Walker, The Color Purple
  • Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other
  • Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Non-fiction
  • Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
  • David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History
  • Akala, Natives
  • Malcolm X (Alex Haley), The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Afua Hirsch, Brit(ish)
  • Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
  • Candice Brathwaite, I Am Not Your Baby Mother
  • Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
  • Angela Davis, Race and Class
  • C.L.R James, The Black Jacobins

Poetry
  • Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
  • Kamau Brathwaite, Born to Slow Horses

Plays
  • Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
  • Inua Ellams, Barber Shop Chronicles
  • Queen Sugar (Amazon Prime)
  • Black-ish (Amazon Prime)
  • I May Destroy You (BBC)
  • Noughts and Crosses (BBC)
  • Atlanta (BBC)
  • Pose (BBC/Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • They Gotta Have Us (Netflix)
  • Blood and Water (Netflix)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)
  • 13th (Netflix)
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J Walker (Netflix)
  • Greenleaf (Netflix)
  • American Son (Netflix)
  • Insecure (Sky)
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
  • One Night in Miami (2021)
  • Black is King (2020)
  • Da 5 Bloods (2020)
  • All Day and a Night (2020)
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
  • Selah and the Spades (2019)
  • Just Mercy (2019)
  • Queen and Slim (2019)
  • Sorry to Bother You (2018)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • Farming (2018)
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018)
  • Sorry to Bother You (2018)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • The Wedding Party (2016)
  • Moonlight (2016)
  • Fences (2016)
  • Girlhood (2014)
  • Belle (2013)
  • Fruitvale Station (2013)
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • Bullet Boy (2004)
  • City of God (2002)
  • Love and Basketball (2000)
  • Burning and Illusion (1981)
  • Do The Right Thing (1989)
  • The History Hotline
  • Say Your Mind
  • Receipts Podcast
  • Black Gals Livin’
  • Under the Arch
  • Patricia Bright
  • Jackie Aina
  • Nathan Zed
  • LA Beautyologist
  • Tabitha Brown
  • Chunkz

Contact your VP Humanities & Social Sciences

Saynab Sharif