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Black History Month 2020

Black Asian and ethnically diverse
Thursday 1 - Saturday 31 October, 2020

October marks Black History Month in the UK, the annual celebration and acknowledgement of the history, achievements and contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations.
The aim of Black History Month is to promote knowledge, understanding and an awareness of Black History.

If you wish to attend this event, please contact Dr Rasha Kadry Soliman on


A series of events celebrating Black History Month will take place in Leeds and online.

An Evening with Jeffrey Boakye

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Time: 18:00 – 19:00
About: In this exclusive Black History Month event Jeffrey Boakye, author of Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored, will join Dr Fraser Mann, Senior Lecturer in Literature at York St John University, for a challenging and insightful dialogue surrounding issues of racism and social justice.
Find out more details on the event webpage.

Radical Possibilities of Change w/Melz

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
18:00 - 20:00
About: This event is inspired by Black feminist speculative fiction and afrofuturism. 
Find our more details on the LUU page.

Decolonising Human Rights

Date: Thursday , 22 October 2020
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
About: Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) members S. Sayyid, Ipek Demir and Walaa al Husban will speak as part of the panel at this event co-organised by CERS and Leeds Human Rights Journal.

Find out more details on the event webpage.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Sciences

Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Time: 18:00- 19:00
Leeds BioSoc and the Black Medical and Scientific Network bring you a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Find out more details on the event webpage.


Date: starts Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020 and ends Friday, 30 Oct 2020
Time: 11:00 - 17:00 daily
Find out more details on the event webpage.

A Black History Month Live Debate "Racism - Where Do We Go From Here?"

Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
About: A Black History Month live debate presented by the Leeds BME Hub.

Find out more details on the event webpage.

Leeds Black History Walk (Sold out)

Date: Sunday, 4 October 2020
Time: 14:00
Find out more details on the event webpage.

Leeds Black History Walks can be booked as private bookings, for more information please contact Vanessa Mudd on at Heritage Corner.

Decolonial Poetics w/Say It With Your Chest

Date: Tuesday, 6 October 2020
18:00 - 20:00
About: The workshop will explore some of the ways in which poets have used poetics to challenge oppression.
Find out more details on the LUU webpage.

Leeds Black History Walk: New Responses

Date: Saturday, 10 October  2020
Time: 11:00 - 16:30
Find out more details on the event webpage.

Breaking Boundaries in STEM - AI for a fairer world

Date: Wednesday,  14 October 2020
The event is an online panel discussion on how AI research can create a fairer world and is open to everyone interested in applications and implications of AI, and diversity in research.

Find out more information on the event webpage.

Black Futures Matter x Careers

Date: Thursday, 15 October 2021
13:00 - 15:00
About: An open and honest discussion about inequality in the job market and the disparities that exist in terms of how ethnic minority students feel about their student journey.
Find out more details on the event webpage.

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies: LCS celebrating Black History Month

Date: Monday, 19 October 2020
About: This event aims to celebrate the excellent work of our students and Black History Month. The following topics will be presented by students in the event:

Identifying West Africans in the French Resistance by Farida Augustine - School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

The Metaphysical Implications of the Double-slit experiment by Jae Eniraiyetan - School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

The role of Muslim women in African history: The story of Nana Asma’u Fodio by Zainab Mamman-Daura - MA Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Black Art Matters: Open Mic Night

Date:  Friday, 30 October 2020
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
About: A virtual comedy, poetry, magic, spoken word or storytelling event full of great acts celebrating young Black creatives.

Find out more details on the event webpage.

LUU East Asian Research Society: Black Lives in East Asia Panel

Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020
12:00 -13:00
In celebration of Black History Month, LUU East Asian Research Society will be hosting a panel of speakers all focused on Black people’s experience living in East Asia.

Find out more details on the event webpage.

Letters from a Generation Dreaming

Date: Wednesday, 4 November 2020
19:00 - 20:00
About: An online event celebrating the importance of letters in passing down stories to the next generation.

Find out more details on the event webpage.

The University of Bradford also have events that may be of interest, please visit their webpage to find out more and to book a place.

More events celebrating Black History Month can be found on Leeds Inspired webpage.

Eventbrite also lists numerous online events, quizzes, talks, reading groups and networks throughout October, which can be found here.


Leeds City Council published this article: Museum pays tribute to courageous abolitionist during Black History Month about the new display paying tribute to the extraordinary life of Fredrick Douglass which has been unveiled at Leeds City Museum as the city marks Black History Month.

Leeds Inspired  Blog - Leeds Libraries Celebrates Black History Month 2020: Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger is about Leeds Libraries celebrating Black History Month with selected reading lists for all the family, a live streamed talk with Historian David Olusoga, Leeds Reads Book Club featuring the wonderful author Lemn Sissay and the Local and Family History department will be devoting their digital channels to local Black History as well as a spotlight on our Special Collections.

Choose from classic works and contemporary triumphs from the best Black authors and commentators listed on the Waterstones's webpage.

BBC prepared a collection of programmes exploring Black history and culture, celebrating African and Caribbean heritage.

The Guardian published articles and free wallchart series for Black History Month, which can be found on their webpage.

You may also like to attend the following event as part of National Inclusion Week:

Language in Equality and Inclusion: The Perspective of Students
Wednesday, 30 September, 1- 2:30 pm
Find out more information on the event webpage.


Further events and resources will be added to the webpage throughout the month.