What is BHM?
Black History Month is held annually in October in the UK, with a series of national celebrations and events to honour the unrecognized accomplishments of Black and Brown individuals throughout UK history.
Now in its 34th year, this Black History Month has the theme of ‘Proud To Be’ focusing on Black excellence and pride. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter events in June 2020, this year Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK are invited to share what they are proud to be.
Catherine Ross, Editor at Black History Month UK, explained this year’s theme:
“It’s been a challenging time for many Black and Brown people, with so much in the media about racism, inequality and injustice. We wanted the theme of Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture – in their own way, in their own words."
“Black Lives Matter means people being able to live life to the fullest without having to compromise who they are. Everyone deserves the right to be ‘Proud To Be’ everything they are and want to be in life.”
What can you expect?
This year Strath Union is focusing on the spirt of creating lasting change all year round. There will be a variety of events throughout the month of October alongside our ongoing campaigns, such as the Decolonise Campaign. We will be adding our events to our website calendar throughout the month.
The Coalition for Race Equality and Rights (CRER) are also hosting events throughout the month, more information on this can be found HERE
How can you get involved?
If you have any events you want to run during the month, please reach out to your VP Inclusion Nesha Malone via email@example.com.
BHM events happening in Glasgow
This year’s Black History Month marks the 20th year of the month happening in Scotland. With so much to do and see around the city, we have captured some of the best events on offer. From exhibitions to live music, there is something for everyone to learn more about the contribution Black people have made to Scotland, as well as the challenges they have faced and overcome.
This Black History Month exhibition can be found at Kibble Palace, in the Botanic Gardens, this month. It provides insight into Glasgow’s Built Heritage and the role of slavery in Glasgow’s past. Running from October 4th until the 24th between 10.00 and 16.15, it is free to attend - simply head down to the gardens. Alternatively you can follow the link above to the interactive pages about the exhibition.
The Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park runs stadium tours and hosts exhibitions. To celebrate Black History Month they are highlighting the stories of prominent black footballers, from Andrew Watson to Ifeoma Dieke. Running until October 29th you can book your visit on their website.
This workshop is running at the Hidden Gardens within Scotland's Sanctuary Gardens. With a focus on mural arts from different parts of Africa, visitors will have the chance to create their own artwork this Black History Month. Moreover, the space provides an opportunity to enjoy nature and the community gardens with stories told by lantern light. Running on October 22nd from 15:00 to 18:00.
Ready to test your knowledge this Black History Month? Head down to the Soulsa Cafe on Glassford Street for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights popular great black history quiz night. Running on October 12th from 18:00 onwards.
Let CRER guide you through the city of Glasgow and teach you all about the connections with tobacco, slavery and the abolition movement. This is a walking tour starting at the David Livingstone statue in Cathedral Square, located in front of Glasgow Cathedral, ending at the Gallery of Modern Art on Queen Street. These Black History Month walking tours will run on October 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 13:00 until 15:00.
This film screening is part of Glasgow Film Theatre's programme celebrating Black History Month. It is a remastered version of the original 1978 documentary, exploring the history of Black people in Britain since colonialism. Showing on October 11th at 18:00 and followed by a panel discussion with Mary Osei-Oppong, Tawona Sithole, Graham Campbell and Ndaye Lisa Badji.
Glasgow Gospel Choir is Glasgow’s premier gospel music outfit. They will be putting on two shows this Black History Month, performing traditional gospel, African songs and gospel takes on modern classics. Happening on October 14th from 19:30 until 21:30 at Stereo and October 30th from 19:30 to 21:30 at Wellington Church off University Avenue.
A series of free talks led by The Hunterian’s curators, every Tuesday this October, exploring the museum collection's cultural legacy and investigating Scotland's complicity in slavery and colonialism. Talks are all online and free to join.
You can find even more events on this Black History Month by visiting the Black History Month Scotland website. The programme, presented by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, features a host of events from talks, concerts, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and more.