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Black History Month 2020:
Each year, we celebrate Black History Month to recognise the important contributions to society made by Black people. To celebrate this at King’s, there are a number of digital events taking place throughout the month of October – give them a look below!
Race in Science and Academia: In Conversation with Angela Saini
Wednesday 7th October
11am to 12pm
Online – register here
This event is being supported by King’s Health Faculties and Arts and Sciences Faculties. The event will be hosted by KCL President and Principal Professor Ed Byrne.
Join us for this Black History Month Event with Angela Saini, award-winning British science journalist and author. Angela’s most recent book ‘Superior: the return of race science’ explores the murky history of race science and the ways in which it is being resurrected in the 21st century. Combining science, history and politics, it explains how race maps out biologically and how those on the far-right are attempting to repackage racism.
In June this year, King’s Senior Leadership issued a statement noting that ‘addressing issues of race, fighting racism and racial inequality are central to our mission of serving society and making the world a better place. However, we can only do this if we continue to examine and challenge ourselves with a critical eye at all times.’
Angela will lead a frank and open discussion about how racism is embedded in science and academia and reflect on the renewed need, as emphasised by the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on BAME communities and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, to address racism in our society.
This event is open to all, and will include the opportunity to ask questions.
Race Equality Network – Black History Month Events
Race Equality Network at King’s will be hosting various events throughout Black History Month including:
BLACK EXCELLENCE at King’s: The Race Equality Network will be celebrating one person per day from the King’s (staff and students) Black Community, follow us on OUR INSTAGRAM and OUR TWITTER to see more about this.
ACADEMIC CAREERS: Race Equality Network celebrates Professor Olonisakin
An interview followed by a q&a session with Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/funmi-olonisakin
100 GREAT BLACK BRITONS
A talk by Patrick Vernon OBE
We hosted a talk by Patrick Vernon about the Windrush Generation back in June (to watch, go to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_uTvyrLSKY) and we are delighted that he has agreed to come back to talk about his new book: 100 GREAT BLACK BRITONS (https://www.waterstones.com/book/100-great-black-britons/patrick-vernon/angelina-osborne/9781472144300)
Harriet Tubman’s great great great nephew, delivers a talk on Tuskegee Airmen
Dr A.J. Brickler III delivered a talk for the Race Equality Network with his son Dr Alex Brickler IV on their great great great aunt Harriet Tubman in July this year (we will be releasing the recording from that incredible talk soon via our YouTube channel). We are delighted that he has agreed to deliver another talk for us this October
REN (Race Equality Network) BOOK CLUB
We are excited to announce the REN BOOK CLUB which will launch this October featuring books and discussions on amazing Black authors
BLACK LIVES MATTER
We will release an interview with photographer Carla Choppy who has been covering the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement in the UK (https://www.instagram.com/siow_cc/)
We will also be hosting an on online exhibition of her work and a q&a session
We will be hosting a talk and event by Dr Jon Ward on decolonising the curriculum
We will be hosting a series of talks and interviews focusing on careers
- A conversation between two black King’s scientists
- A talk by a black oncologist and q&a
- A talk by a black journalist, followed by q&a
Dates and information on all these events, how to sign up and more will be published on the Race Equality Network website: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/get-involved/networks/race-equality-network later this week.
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