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Black History Month @ King’s

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Black History Month @ King’s

October is Black History Month (BHM) in the UK and coincides with the start of the academic year. Running for the past 35 years, it has played a key role in recognising the value of living and working in multi-cultural Britain.

The aim of BHM is 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. In doing so, it helps bring communities closer together to create an inclusive space for everyone to enjoy.

In this spirit, we would like to invite you to join us at our awareness raising events, to celebrate Black contributions to society. Members of the African and Caribbean Society, the People of Colour Association and staff across King’s have prepared a full programme of music, film and panel discussions with key figures from the Black and Minority Ethnic community.

Events commencing the 3rd October

Student’s Quiz Night                                                            

4th October 2016                             6.30 – 9.00pm

Guy’s bar, Guy’s Campus

All King’s students welcome

Time to embrace your competitive side and be quizzed on all things associated with African and Caribbean culture. Great way to meet new people and settle into university life!

Please arrive 30 minutes before the event to secure a place

Organised by the African and Caribbean Society


Diversity Book Club                                                        

6th October 2016                             12.00 – 1.00pm

Hodgkin Classroom 6, Guy’s Campus

All King’s staff and students welcome

A discussion of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

To sign up, please email

Organised by the Wellbeing team in conjunction with the King’s Diversity Community

A flyer for the event can be found here


Malcom X screening

6th October 18:00 -21:00

Strand Campus S0.13

All King’s staff and students welcome

Come and learn about Malcom X ‘the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader’. This movie depicts his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. After the screening, we will be having a discussion about how religion and militant activism has been used as a means of combatting racial injustice.

Please join us for an open forum. We welcome any anyone to share their thoughts and beliefs on the matter in a safe and intellectually thought-provoking space


Organised by the African and Caribbean Society and Theology and Religious Studies Society


Talk: The Misunderstood Epidemic; Depression and Suicide

13th October 2016                           6.30 – 9.00pm

Henriette Raphael Function room, Henriette Raphael Building, Guy’s Campus

All King’s students and staff welcome

With Gloria Tukeba, motivational speaker and founder of OGC (Our Great Commission) that provides self-development workshops designed to increase self-esteem, reduce social isolation and inspire change and Belinda Okuya from King’s Wellbeing team who will share the support on offer to King’s staff and students.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the event to secure a place

Organised by the Afro-Caribbean Society


Debate: Debate Mate           

17th October 2016                             6.30 – 9.00pm

Guy’s campus New Hunts House G.12

All King’s students and staff welcome

Learn more about who Debate Mate are and what they do by joining us in the debate of “This house supports affirmative action”. Open to all, feel free to come and listen or get involved!

Please arrive 30 minutes before the event to secure a place

Organised by the African and Caribbean Society


Talk: Black in Academia

18th October 2016                           6.30 – 9.00pm

Franklin Wilkins building  2.81

All King’s students and staff welcome

Professor Elizabeth Anionwu will provide readings from her memoirs, reflecting on her experiences as the first ever UK sickle cell Thalassaemia Nurse Counsellor, and Head of the Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Information and Screening Centre.  Followed by a panel discussion of what it means to be a Black academic in the UK, with contributions from Professor Anionwu, Dr Bernadine Idowu and Dr Richards.  The evening will finish with a look at what is on offer at King’s to support Black & Minority Ethnic academics.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the event to secure a place

Organised by the African and Caribbean Society


Discussion: Taboo (part 1)          

20th October 2016                           6.30 – 9.00pm

Guy’s Campus – Anatomy Lecture Theatre           

All King’s students and staff welcome

The evening will see a panel of guests discuss serious political and social issues which affect African and Caribbean people in the UK and beyond. This year our panel will feature, amongst others, JJ Bola and editors of Skin Deep magazine.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the event to secure a place

Organised by the African and Caribbean Society


The full programme is listed here.

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We’re reading Americanah – Join the book club!

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The King’s Wellbeing & King’s Diversity Community presents the Diversity Book Club 

The KDC is a network of staff at King’s whose purpose is to foster an inclusive environment by challenging the culture, proposing and contributing to solutions for change.

The diversity book club will feature authors of diverse backgrounds, including themes of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Sessions will be facilitated by Wellbeing Coaches, and are open to all students and staff, taking place on Guys Campus, Thursdays 12-1pm.


We are launching during Black History Month. Our book selections for term one are as follows:

October’s book is: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

October dates: 6/10, 13/10, 20/10, 27/10 , Hodgkin, Classroom 6

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November’s book is: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.


November dates: 3/11, 10/11, 17/11, 24/11, 1/12, Hodgkin Classroom 1