We are happy to bring to you Black History Month 2019! We, your Student Representatives and Society Leaders, have been working hard to provide a variety of events, giving you the opportunity to celebrate Black History and to try something new. Black History Month here at QMSU and BLSA is different from the norm. Rather than it being a series of lessons, it’s a culmination of fairs, exhibitions, discussions and much more. We can’t wait to see you there!

BHM 2019 Organising Committee

Meet your
student reps
leading the events

Come and say hi at the events!
Damilola Adedeji
President, QM ACS

BHM is crucial as it a time to celebrate the beauty in black culture and black identity. It’s a time to educate and enlighten everyone about black heritage. Most importantly, it’s a time to develop and inspire the next generation of black legends. QM has so much in-store this BHM!! I hope to see you all there.

Hannah Idil
Creative Director, Black Girl Book Club

For me, BHM is more than just another month. It’s a time to rejoice, to celebrate Black people past and present and to express gratitude for everything we’ve put into the world. It’s allows a month for us every year to uplift Black people higher and inspire us all to keep that going all year round.

Deqa Elmi
President, Somali Society

Being Black in Britain means belonging to one of the most marginalised groups of people in society, a group that’s history is often overlooked and outright ignored. Thus, BHM is important as it provides an opportunity to both uplift and enlighten many of us whilst beautifully showcasing our rich and diverse cultures. We are thrilled for you to embark on this journey of enlightenment with us through our exciting BHM events!

Giulia Olayemi
Co-President, BL African & Caribbean Society

BHM gives everyone the chance to learn something new and to celebrate a history important to the development of the UK. It is an opportunity for people of African and Caribbean backgrounds to come into the limelight and shine. I hope to see you at all the events this month!

Look out for...

QMSU Moving Exhibit

Look out for the Black History Month moving exhibit on and around our campuses, showcasing a range of influential events and people throughout history as well as our own students.

Ground Café & Learning Café

Pop in for some Afro-Caribbean inspired produce throughout October. Ground Café will also be playing our Black History Month playlist throughout the month.

Qmotion Sport & Fitness centre

Throughout October, Qmotion will be hosting music chosen by your elected Student Reps and Society Leaders to celebrate Black History Month whilst you work out!

Drapers’ and the Griff Inn

Look out for a range of food and drinks specials and offers throughout October, including some exclusively at our club night, E1: Black History Month Edition!

Dookies Grill Caribbean Street Food

On Fridays 4th, 11th and 18th October, enjoy some delicious street food at Library Square (10am-4pm)

Whats On...

Tues 1st Oct

Meet & Greet with Black Girl Book Club

6-8pm, Blomeley Room 1, Students’ Union Hub

Wed 2nd Oct

Black-Owned Business Fair

12-3pm, Library Square, Mile End

Thurs 3rd Oct

Black History Month Book Club

6:30-8pm, Blomeley Room 2, Students’ Union Hub

Fri 4th Oct

Meet and Greet with QM ACS

5:30-7:30pm, Blomeley Room 2, Students’ Union Hub

Fri 4th Oct

Field day to art exhibition

6-9pm, Meet outside Mile End Library

Wed 9th Oct

Self Care Event

5:30-7:30pm, Blomeley Room 2, Students’ Union Hub

Tues 15th Oct

Mental Health in the BAME Demographic

6-9pm, Milton Lecture Theatre, Whitechapel

Thurs 17th Oct

Hidden Figures Film Screening

6-9pm, Kennedy Lecture Theatre

Fri 18th Oct

BHM Pub Quiz

6-9pm, The Griff-Inn, Whitechapel, £1

Fri 18th Oct

E1 - BHM Edition

9pm-2am (doors close 11pm), Drapers Bar and Kitchen, £6

Mon 21st Oct

The Politics of Knowledge and Epistemic Freedom

6:45-8:30pm, David Sizer LT

Tues 22nd Oct

BHM Panel Discussion

6-8pm, Clark Kennedy LT, Whitechapel

Thurs 24th Oct

Before Malcolm X: History of Islam in the Americas

6:30-8:30pm, Blomeley Rooms, Students’ Union Hub

Fri 25th Oct

Fashion Show

6-10pm, Drapers Lounge, £4

Thurs 31st Oct

Book Club Meeting

6-7pm, Matt Spencer Boardroom, Students’ Union Hub

What to read...


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


Toni Morrison
The Cry of Winnie Mandela
Njabulo Ndebele


Taking Up Space
C. Kwakye & O. Ogunbiyi


A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
Barber Shop Chronicles
Inua Ellams