This year for Black History Month, De Montfort Student’s Union (DSU) is hosting a range of events and activities throughout October to celebrate and recognize inspirational individuals in the BAME community.
De Montfort University (DMU) and DSU are working collaboratively this year to bring the newly named, Black History Season.
Your Equality and Diversity Executive, Diya Rattanpal, has been working to create a Black History Month to remember.
She said: "I’m really excited to be a part of and involved with such an important time of the year. This is a time for us to all join together as a community, not to just reflect on our past, but to celebrate how far we have come, and acknowledge that there is so much work to be done."
"This is just the beginning of a continuous conversation with the BAME community to ensure that every member on campus feels, respected, represented and celebrated!"
Throughout October, DSU will be opening its doors for a weekly movie night. Every Monday, at 5pm, head to the Campus Centre for a FREE screening of these incredible films:
Monday 7 October – Black Panther
Monday 14 October – The Hate You Give
Monday 21 October – Girls Trip
Monday 28 October – Get Out
Join us every Monday night in the Campus Centre, for our Movie Night to celebrate the amazing work of BAME actors and directors.
Along with the film nights, we will also have an open library based in the Campus Centre. Students will be able to borrow a variety of books, that are important to Black culture and history. Just head to the DSU reception, hand in your student ID and immerse yourself into a good book.
Throughout the month, we will also have an anonymous box where students can leave their questions. We’re encouraging students to start open conversations about identity, and these will be answered on Twitter by Diya herself.
We are also encouraging our students to decorate our staircase with empowering messages, with the main question ‘What does Black History Month mean to you?’. Just grab one of our pens from reception.
For a full list of events head here, there’s everything from a talk from John Barnes about ‘Racism and Inclusion in Sport’ to an Afrobeats Dance Class. Everyone is welcome to join!