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Thu 14th Oct 1pm – What Should Black History Mean To Mixed-Race Britons

In this talk Stephen Bush, the Political Editor of the New Statesman, will discuss what he feels Black History Month should mean to Mixed-Raced Britons.

Stephen Bush is one of Britain’s leading political journalists, leading the New Statesman’s political team since 2018. His work has also appeared in The Times, Guardian, Financial Times, and Independent. He also makes regular appearances on the BBC and SKY NEWS.

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 Tue 19th Oct 3pm – Black Representation Beyond Black History Month

I this talk As someone who was the first in his family to go to University, Rich Fann will talk about his professional journey to illustrate the importance of Black representation. Rich was appointed Associate Director of the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD) at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. CCLD provides students, faculty, and staff with resources and opportunities to become more globally aware, culturally competent, and socially responsible. CCLD serves as the home for several student organisations, including the Black Action Society, the Asian Student Alliance, Feminist Empowerment Movement, Rainbow Alliance, and Office of Greek Life.

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Wed 20th Oct 1:30pm – Racism Awareness: A Conversation with Patrick Vernon, OBE

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Thurs 21st Oct 7:30pm – Do You Get Your Hair Permed? A Musical Exploration of the Black Voice

As part of the University of Wolverhampton’s Black History Month celebrations, we are delighted to announce a performance of Reece McKenzie’s solo show, Do You Get Your Hair Permed? at the Arena Theatre, 21 October 2021, 7.30pm.

Reece’s show draws on a broad variety of music, including powerful performances of songs from musical theatre like ‘Make Them Hear You’, Dave’s ‘Black’, Black traditional spirituals, and a powerful rendition of J Rosamond Johnson’s ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’.

Do You Get Your Hair Permed? is directed by Esme Sears (Associated Studios) with music director Dan Williams and supported by the University of Wolverhampton.

Tickets are priced at £5. The cabaret contains strong language.

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Tue 26th Oct 1pm – West Indian Cricket in the 21st Century British Context

In this talk Machel St Patrick Hewitt co-founder of the Caribbean Cricket Podcast will look at what today’s West Indian Cricket Culture means to him and other British people of Caribbean heritage.  Machel is the co-founder of the Caribbean Cricket Podcast, a fan-led podcast that seeks to address the lack of international coverage of West Indian cricket, educating people across the world about what is happening both on and off the cricket field.

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Wed 27th Oct 4pm – Cultural Appropriation in Film, Music and Fashion Creative Industries

As part of Black History Month the University of Wolverhampton is pleased to present a talk with Elizabeth Ivwurie.

We live in a world of “cultural globalization”, where cultural appropriation has become an effective tool for marketing in the fashion, film and music industries. This begs the question of what constitutes cultural appropriation, intellectual property theft and cultural appreciation. This talk explores the cultural appropriation of African culture in the Film, Music and Fashion Creative Industries around the world. This talk assesses the impact of cultural appropriation on Africans and their incredible abundance of cultural heritage, whose culture these industries draw on for the purpose of product development, profit and marketing communications.

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Wed 3rd Nov, 7pm – This Book Was Not Meant for Us: A Fresh Look at the History of Mary Prince

Since its republication in 1987 the History of Mary Prince has been hailed as the first slave narrative to be published by a black woman in Britain. In this talk, Ifemu Omari Webber reminds us that Mary’s book is actually made up of three texts: Mary’s own story; the editor, Thomas Pringle’s additional comments and a story of a kidnapped boy called Asa-Asa. Ifemu also reminds black readers in particular that ‘This book was not meant for us.’ It was designed as anti-slavery propaganda for nineteenth-century white readers. Therefore, she encourages readers to focus not only on Mary’s testimonials of slave brutality meted out to her and others, but also to consider Mary’s unspoken words about other parts of her life; such as her mother, her husband, her siblings and her religion. Ifemu argues that only by reading these ‘quieter’ parts of the History of Mary Prince, will we gain a more complete view of Mary and appreciate the relevance her stories have to black peoples in 21st century Britain.

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We will be adding more events over the coming days so please visit our dedicated Black History Month webpage for details:


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