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Nottingham Trent marks Black History Month
By Lucy Pegg
This October, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is marking Black History Month with a wide roster of events organised by Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU). From topical film nights and talks on career success, to dance workshops and expert panels, Trent will be celebrating throughout the month ‘with the aim of observing and celebrating the achievements and experiences of people of African descent.’ So what activities can you look forward to?
Upcoming events include a day trip across the country to the Liverpool International Slavery Museum, where visitors will discover the history of the transatlantic slave trade, as well as looking at the presence of slavery within contemporary society. Or, if you’re keen to try something new, the hip-hop dance group Funky Fresh Collective Society will hold a beginner’s workshop. There are a plethora of films being shown too, including a screening and Q&A panel for Hate Crime Awareness Week which will explore the links between racism and Islamophobia, and a Halloween-themed showing of Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated debut Get Out. For the ambitious, NTSU will also host a career success talk from Global Diversity and Inclusion Expert and Career Coach, Dumi Senda, as well as discussing the attainment gap between White and minority ethnic students with a panel of NTSU’s elected officers and society representatives. NTSU, in partnership with the UK Blood Donation Centre, are also encouraging students to discover their type and give blood, aiming to broaden the ethnic and community diversity of the blood donation network in England. Finally, near the month’s end, why not catch the African Caribbean Society’s Black History Month showcase and celebrate the past, present and future of the African diaspora?
Black History Month events have been in full swing already. This week has already seen the Afrotherapy Collage Workshop take place, which acted to de-centre White beauty ideals and provide a safe space for discussing black beauty and practising self-love – all through conversation and collage. There have also been talks on Black history and Islam, and a self-care workshop led by NUS Campaigns Assistant Karen Larbi that hoped to stop activists ‘burning out’.
In 2018, Black History Month is as important as ever – get involved with Trent’s calendar of events and you’ll be sure to see why.