Leeds programme for Black History Month 2021

Leeds11, the Black and Minority Ethnic staff network of the University of Leeds, together with its partners and friends, has put together a diverse and engaging programme for Black History Month 2021. As Leeds University Centre for African Studies, we are pleased to partner with Leeds11 and to contribute to activities to the programme.

The programme of events looks to bring everyone on a collective journey of insight and understanding into the wonderful achievements and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, whilst also engaging with key conversations and discourse which is often overlooked.

The theme for Black History Month 2021 is ‘Proud To Be’, which invites Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. For example: Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black and LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me.

The collaboration between Leeds11, partners and friends will bring proportionate and adequate recognition to the sentiment and meaning behind Black History Month and this year’s theme. We also want to highlight the value and importance of intersectionality and we ask staff and students to widen their horizons and understand the unique experiences and stories of people who hold multiple characteristics. As well as this, we hope to celebrate a truly amazing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community who have decided to call the University of Leeds their home.

Please click here to take a look inside The Programme of Celebratory events brought to you for Black History Month 2021.

Click a link and book your place! 

Events overview

Fri 1 Oct – Leeds11, Partners & Friends 
Welcome to our Leeds11, Partners & Friends Celebratory BHM Programme 2021

Mon 4 Oct – Women at Leeds Network
The Achievements of BME women colleagues and students at Leeds

Wed 6 Oct – Leeds University Library 
Celebratory BHM Welcome from Leeds University Library – find out more here.

Wed 6 Oct – Faculty of Medicine and Health 
Celebratory BHM Welcome from the Faculty of Medicine and Health

Wed 6 Oct – Leeds Muslim Staff Network
14:00 – 15:30 – “Never Not Political: Studying Sufism in the Black Atlantic” by Dr Youssef Carter (USA), University of North Carolina – book a place here.

Thu 6 Oct – Leeds11, Partners & Friends
12.30 – 13.30 – Capoeira Kickboxing Fusion Class with Andrew Donaldson from The Edge – book a place here.

Fri 15 Oct – Leeds University Business School
The Diversity Conversation: Prof Edgar Meyer meets alumna Caroline Abel, Governor of the Central Bank of the Seychelles and Seychelles Economist by Leeds University Business School – listen to the podcast here.

Thu 21 Oct – Leeds Centre for Ethnicity & Racism   
15:00 – 16:15 – “COVID-19 & the Racial Valuation of Diseases?” Professor Matiangai Sirleaf, University of Maryland – book a place here.

Fri 22 Oct – Leeds University Library, Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) & Wikipedia UK
13:00 – 17:00 – “Increasing the representation of African scholars on Wikipedia” – book a place here.

Mon 25 Oct – Muslim Staff Network
14:00 – 15:30 – ‘Triple Threat: How owning your identity is your Superpower’ by Sister Na’ima Robert – book a place here.

Tue 26 Oct – Women at Leeds Network   
The first ever Black Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor Women at Leeds Network

Tue 26 Oct –  Leeds City Council and Leeds Inspired
The Windrush Plaque Trail – a series of commemorative and celebratory plaques of people from Leeds recognised for their significant cultural, social and economic contributions to the City – download the trail map here.

Wed 27 Oct – Leeds University Library    
Improving the discoverability and accessibility of creative and cultural resources associated with Phoenix Dance, RJC Dance, and African Theatre manuscripts – find out more here.

Thu 28 Oct – Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)
16:30 – 18:00 – Inaugural lecture: Reimagining Christianity and Sexual Diversity in Africa by Professor Adriaan Van Klinken – more information here.

Thu 28 Oct – Hyde Park Picture House, The Tetley
12:30 and 18:00 –  Hyde & Seek: Supa Nova film screening – book a place here.

In celebration of Black History Month, OD&PL have highlighted a number of LinkedIn Learning blogs, courses and collections looking at a variety of related themes. Please visit their webpage to find out more.