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Black History Month 2019

October is Black History Month (BHM) in the UK and coincides with the start of the academic year. Black History Month aims to raise awareness of 500 years of Black History in the UK, highlighting the many positive Black contributions to British society, and the heighten confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.

This year King’s is celebrating Black History both in the making, and reflecting on Black History past, across a range of events, film screenings and talks:

IoPPN  Weekly Wednesday Movies – Every Wednesday throughout October at 13:00

Each week, we will hold a lunch time film screening of movies focused on black actors and narratives.

Wednesday 2 October – A United Kingdom in the Small Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill Campus

Wednesday 9 October – Home in Seminar Room 5, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill Campus (As part of World Mental Health Day, KCLSU will be replaying this movie throughout the day in the KCLSU space on Thursday 10 October)

Wednesday 16 October – Paris is burning in Robin Murray A Seminar Room, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill Campus

Wednesday 23 October – US in the Small Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill Campus

Wednesday 30 October – Red Tails in the Small Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill Campu


Lunch Time Seminar

7 October 2019
1-2pm,  Robin Murray A&B Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill Campus

Robin Walker, the Black History Man, is back again to discuss the theories of radical Black psychiatrist Franz Fanon (French West Indian psychiatrist, whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory and Marxism). The lecture will show how the ideas of Franz Fanon can be used to understand and predict dysfunctional behaviour among oppressed peoples where colourism is one of the three driving dynamics behind dysfunctional behaviour. The lecture will also identify the role played by the other two drivers of dysfunctional behaviour among oppressed peoples: language hierarchy and cultural hierarchy.


‘King’s College London and Reparations for Slavery’ lecture by Prof Richard Drayton

10th October
4.30pm in the Department of History, Open Space, 8th Floor Strand Building

Join the Department of History at King’s this Black History Month with Professor Richard Drayton, who talks about the issues of reparations for slavery on Thursday 10 October.
A substantial amount of wealth derived from slavery in the Caribbean underpinned the foundation of King’s College London in 1829.  Should King’s follow the example of the University of Glasgow, which in August 2019 announced it would commit 20 million pounds to reparations? What are the arguments for reparations? In what creative ways might King’s meet this challenge and acknowledge its debts to the Caribbean, Africa and the African diaspora?

This event is open to all and free to attend.


School of Politics and Economics Black History Month event

10th October 2019
From 6pm, Bush House 8th Floor North

The School of Politics and Economics will be hosting a Black History Month event in which students in the School of Politics and Economics will be showcasing their research on themes related to race and politics. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from current students of all levels and to engage in discussions about societal and inclusion issues of today. The event will begin with a key note presentation from PhD student Michael Bankole beginning at 6:15pm. All are welcome to take part and we look forward to seeing you there.


Crick Institute’s Minorities in STEM Symposium 

14th October 2019
The Crick Institute

The Crick is collaborating with UCL, Wellcome and Institute of Physics to hold the second Minorities in STEM symposium. We will be bringing together BAME students and researchers from across our partners to promote careers, communication and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

At this free one day symoposium with experts from all walks of STEM, there will be a series of sessions and workshops that will cover how to navigate an academic career, ways to engage wider audiences and effective communication through writing.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and travel bursaries are available.

The event will take place at the Crick 9:30 – 17:00, followed by a drinks reception at the Institute of Physics 17:30-19:00.

Spaces are limited, so please book your place via Eventbrite.


Film Screening: The Stuart Hall Project

15 October 2019, 18:00 to 20:00
Strand Campus , London

For Black History Month, King’s Philosophy Society and Minorities and Philosophy will be screening The Stuart Hall Project. The film is about the cultural theorist and political activist Stuart Hall who was born in Jamaica and came to the UK for university as part of the Windrush generation.



16th October 2019
Venue TBC

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. With an extensive global touring history, Akala has appeared at numerous festivals both in the UK and internationally, and has led innovative projects in the arts, education and music across South East Asia, Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Akala has also appeared on Channel 4, ITV, MTV, Sky Arts and the BBC promoting his music and poetry, and speaking on wide-ranging subjects from music, race, youth engagement, British/African-Caribbean culture and the arts, with numerous online lectures and performances that have millions of views on YouTube.


Amma Asante – Where Hands Touch screening and Director Q&A N

NEW DATE: 17th October 2019
5pm-11pm, Bush House auditorium.

The School of Politics & Economics and the Race Equality Network have teamed up for Black History Month and are welcoming Bafta-winning film director and writer Amma Asante for a screening of her film Where Hands Touch, followed by a Q&A session with the director herself. Seats are limited and for King’s students only.


Screening of BlacKkKlansman hosted by the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

17 October 2019
5pm-8pm, Gowland Hopkins Lecture Theatre, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s

As part of our celebration of Black History Month you are invited to a free screening of the 2018 Oscar winning film ‘BlacKkKlansman’, directed by Spike Lee. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Due to a limited number of seats, we recommend booking your ticket(s) in advance.


Decolonizing Political Economy: transforming the university

Saturday 19 October 2019
10:30am-4pm , Bush House Lecture Theatre 1 BH(S)1.01 (no registrations necessary)Staff and students will share ideas on the challenges involved in decolonizing the university

10:30-12:30 Introduction and panel on what has been done at King’s to decolonize the curriculum with someone from the BAME working group, SPLASS, History (Richard), Geography (?), War Studies (?) and a student?
12:30-1:30   Lunch Break
1:30-3:30     What is to be done with Humeira (Dpt of Political Economy), Majed (Geography), Lucia (EIS and on the project so far), students involved in the Decolonizing Kings initiative, a PhD student from Geography, Mayssoun Sukarieh (Development)

Dr Harold Moody, a King’s College hidden history reclaimed

23rd October 2019
6.15pm onwards, Bush House Lecture Theatre 2

Journalist and activist Marc Moody shares the story of Dr Harold Moody, King’s alumni and pioneering GP. Graduating in 1920, Moody went on to practice medicine in Peckham, where he was affectionately known as the ‘black doctor’. A pioneer, Moody went on to found Britain’s first civil rights movement, the League of Coloured Peoples, in 1931.


Black Sheep  Film and panel discussion

23 October, 15:30 – 18:30
3.30-6.30pm, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, Denmark Hill

We will hold a film screening of the Oscar Shortlisted film ‘Black Sheep’, which follows the story of Cornelius Walker after the murder of 11-year-old Damilola Taylor in November 2000. Cornelius, also aged 11 and with Nigerian parents, lived nearby. His mother, fearing for Cornelius’s safety, moved the family out of London and he suddenly found himself living on a white estate among many racists. The Film will be followed by a presentation, panel discussion and network opportunity.


Slavery and the City – public lecture by King’s Professor Richard Drayton

28th October 2019
6pm, Museum of London 

Freedom has been central to the identity of the City of London for centuries. But from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth centuries, the African Slave Trade and Plantation Slavery in the Americas were key to London’s banking, insurance, shipping, manufacturing, commodity trades with Europe, gold and silver supply in London, and later merchant banks like Barings, Schroeder and Kleinwort.

The City also benefited from the end of Slavery, as compensated emancipation liberated a flood of liquid capital and provided a £500,000 per annum income stream to its funders.


The Platform: A night dedicated to discussing the platforms that are used to celebrate black individuals within the community

29th October 2019
6.30pm – 9pm
New Hunt’s House Lecture Theatre 2
King’s College London, Guy’s Campus

A night dedicated to discussing the platforms that are used to celebrate black individuals within the community. Positive black representation is important in developing aspirations of young people who may not be exposed to this. KCL ACMA wants to make sure we don’t just celebrate the Martin Luther King’s & Rosa Park’s during Black History Month, but that we highlight the work and journeys of incredible black individuals who are inspiring the next generation through their work.

With guest speakers including: Professor Funmi Oloniaskin, Tomi Okeowo. Paulette Williams, Dr Michael Ajeleti & Alvin Owusu- Fordwuo. Come and celebrate modern day black success!


Screening of ‘Get Out’ by Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

As part of our celebration of Black History Month you are invited to a free screening of the 2018 Academy award-winning film ‘Get Out’, directed by Jordan Peele.

Chris Washington, a young African-American photographer and his Caucasian girlfriend Rose Armitage go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Due to a limited number of seats, we recommend booking your ticket(s) in advance. 


DIGIT Black History Month (Skype) Bingo

30th October 2019
Everywhere – it’s on Skype!

The Diversity & Inclusion Group in IT is holding an online game of Black History Bingo with great prizes to be won – email digit@kcl.ac.uk to join in on the fun!

Find out more, and see the King’s #BHM2019 campaign here.


1 Comment

  1. What a fantastic range of events. Well done to everyone involved.
    Barry Hayward, Head of Disability Support

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