We recognise that Black history should be part of how we look at history in general and not just siloed into a month.

Nevertheless, Black History Month provides an opportunity for reflection and learning; it's a chance to look at where we've been and where we're going.

Throughout October we will shine a spotlight on how Black history has shaped our university community and city. We will also be celebrating some of the work being done to achieve racial equity, and ensuring it becomes the norm throughout the year.

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The theme for Black History Month 2023 is 'Saluting our Sisters'. Visit the official Black History Month website for a wide range of news, views, features, listings, resources, and a diversity dashboard.

Centre for Black Humanities

The centre fosters research being done around the artistic and intellectual work of people of African descent, with projects ranging from UK hip-hop to slavery and its legacies. Read more about the Centre on the Arts Matter blog.

Anti-racism at Bristol

Learn more about the university's race equality strategy, and some of the initiatives being undertaken to tackle racial discrimination.

Take an anti-racism course and view the Be More Empowered portraits.

Black History Month blogposts

Each week we will publish a blogpost celebrating some of our inspirational Black students, staff and alumni on our student blog.  Read on here...

Bristol SU's Black History Month

Head over to the SU's campaign page to find out more about student led events and activities.

BAME Staff Network

We support staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds through our network.

Black Students Network

Black Students Network is a place for community, representation and celebration for Black students


The History of Reggae Panel and Performance
Saturday 7 October 6pm to 8pm; Anson Rooms Bar, Richmond Building
Steppin Sistas Walk @ Bristol SU
Wednesday 11 October 3pm to 4.30pm; Water Tower, The Downs
Beyond Black History Month Panel: Changing approaches to the teaching of the Black British presence in the education sector in England and Wales
Thursday 12 October 5pm to 7pm; Global Lounge, First Floor Senate House
Black History Month: Open Mic Night
Wednesday 18 October 7pm to 10pm; The Balloon Bar, Richmond Building
The Historical Representation of Black Womanhood with Dr Michele Curtis (This lecture is exclusively for Staff and PGRs)
Wednesday 25 October 1pm to 2pm; Wodehouse Lecture Theatre
Black History Month: Paint and Sip
Wednesday 25 October 7pm to 10pm; The Balloon Bar, Richmond Building
Autumn Art Lectures: Gandhi at Sea (in collaboration with the Centre for Black Humanities)
Thursday 26 October 6.30pm to 7.45pm; Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
Film Screening: Get Out
Friday 27 October 6pm to 9pm; Anson Rooms Bar, Richmond Building
Black History Month: Saluting our Sisters Panel
Monday 30 October 4pm to 6pm; Arts Complex, 7 Woodland Road
Beyond Black History Month: Film Screening: Plant Power with Florence Ayisi
Tuesday 7 November 5pm to 7pm; Global Lounge, First Floor Senate House
Autumn Art Lectures: The Art of Liberation - Political Art and Allyship
Thursday 9 November 6.30pm to 7.45pm; Arts Complex; 7 Woodland Road


See all Bristol listings on the Black History Month organisation's events page


WHEN: 100 Black Women Professors asset WHEN: 100 Black Women Professors NOW

The University is participating in the 100 Black Women Professors Now programme, a pioneering systemic change programme developed and delivered by the Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN). 

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