Black history celebration

Celebrating journeys and stories from around the world.

Dr Martin Luther King speaking against the Vietnam war, St Paul Campus, University of Minnesota.

The University is hosting a range of events in October to mark Black History Month.

The events are part of a national celebration of Black history.


Visit the EUSA website to find out more about Black History Month and to book events online.

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Black History Month

An array of lectures, performances, and discussions will take place throughout the campus for students, staff and the community to participate in.

Black History Festival

As part of the commemorations, a two-day festival has been arranged on 25 and 26 October.

Black History Festival aims to celebrate and share the journeys and stories of people from different ethnic backgrounds.

The Festival is organised by EUSA, the Black and Minority Ethnic Network and the University’s African Caribbean Society. Several University societies have also supported the event.

Black History Festival

25 and 26 October 2013

For up-to-date information on Black History Festival, head to the EUSA website.

Black History Festival

Sharing journeys and stories

Festival events include a discussion with a panel of professionals from a number of backgrounds, who will to tell their stories and explain how they got to where they are today. The panel includes an attorney for the US Government.

The African and Arabic Dance Society will perform traditional dances to share their diverse culture and heritage. They will also offer introductory dance lessons to attendees.

The French Society will be screening a number of films to mark the occasion.

Students will also have the opportunity to interpret the festival theme of ‘journeys and stories’ through musical performance and poetry.

Packed programme

Other highlights include a talk by British journalist, author and broadcaster, Gary Younge.

He will launch his new book, The Speech, which explores the story behind Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.

Book launch: Gary Younge, The Speech

Monday 14 October 2013, 6.30pm

Monday 14 October 2013, 8.00pm

Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomsons Land, Moray House School of Education

Book tickets for Gary Younge's "The Speech" book launch

Dr Rowena Arshad, Head of Moray House School of Education, will deliver a key note lecture.

It will explore how racial matters have been considered throughout time and what can be done to improve them in the future.

Journey to the future:… from emancipation to achievement

A lecture delivered by Dr Rowena Arshad as part of Black History Month.

Thursday 24 October 2013, 6.00pm

Thursday 24 October 2013, 6.00pm

Teviot Lecture Theatre

Book tickets for "Journey to the future"

Inclusive events

Organisers are keen to welcome people from all backgrounds, so that they can learn about other people’s histories and share their own.

Photograph of Dr Martin Luther King used with kind permission from the Minnesota Historical Society.