Black History Month 2022

The University of Glasgow was delighted to have Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) host the Scottish launch of Black History Month.

The launch was held at The Hunterian on 28 September. Lamaya, an award-winning poet, playwright Hannah Lavery and others joined UofG to celebrate our first in-person launch since 2019.  

The programme of CRER events continue, in partnership with UofG, and are host to an exciting range of talks, concerts, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and museum tours. Below are some of the highlighted events organised within the University of Glasgow:

On 30 September, there is a reception to mark the opening of Zanele Muholi SOMNYAMA NGONYAMA: HAIL, THE DARK LIONESS photo exhibition, at The Hunterian.

On 5 October, the College of MVLS College Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Committee present a webinar by Angela Saini, who is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. The premise of Angela’s talk describes dispelling the myth of race as a biological attribute.

The Chaplaincy and The Hunterian will host the Carrolup Exhibition from 5 October, where works of art produced during the 1940s and 1950 by young Aboriginal people in Western Australia who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and detained in the Carrolup Native Settlement. This artwork and stories provide opportunities for truthful conversations about the impact of colonisation, the stolen generations, and the rights of children today. We will also be hosting some Aboriginal musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse Trio on 24 October, and Jessie Lloyd on 2 November at the Memorial Chapel.

On 5 October, we will be taking a tour with Zandra Yeaman, our Curator of Unfinished Conversations, on the Curating Discomfort intervention through curated collections, where Zandra will also be sharing her insights on online sessions through the month.

The Centre for Critical Policy Research have invited Dr Clive Nwonka and Professor Sarita Malik to explore diversity critical perspectives when researching racial inequality in the film industry.

On 6 October, the UofG Global Majority Network has organised two events this year for BHM. They have invited Professor Paul Miller to speak on  anti-racism and educational leadership. Barbara Becnel, PhD candidate, social justice activist and author,  shares her life transformation to radical blackness and renegade scholarship on 26 October.  We are also joined by the Joyous Choir in the Hunterian on 21 October. 

Internationally renowned mezzo soprano Andrea Baker brings her Sing Sistah Sing! empowerment show to UofG for Black History Month. She will perform Tales of Transatlantic Freedom, a new show in the series, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which celebrates African diasporic music and tales, uncovering transatlantic relationships between Scotland and North America across the centuries. Find out more about Sing Sistah Sing! Currently there is no requirement for pre-booking your FREE ticket! Just turn up at 12.45pm on 27 October to ensure your seat. Once the Concert Hall is full, the doors will be closed.


First published: 26 September 2022