College of Science & Engineering

Black History Month 2020

October is Black History Month, with various events being held across the University. Black History Month celebrates and commemorates the history of the African and Caribbean communities and their diasporas.


The Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN) is a network for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and allies committed to creating an environment where race is celebrated, and everyone is treated fairly.

EREN are launching their Book Club on the 13th October - please register by Sunday 4th October.

Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN)

EREN Book Club

Register for the first book club session on Eventbrite

Lunchtime talks

As part of the Scotland’s Black History Month programme in October 2020, the Scottish Graduate Schools of Social Science (SGSSS) and Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) are joining forces to offer a series of ‘Lunchtime talks’ celebrating the history, achievements and contributions of Black and minority ethnic people from across and beyond Scotland.

The talks will take place every Tuesday in October from 1.15pm to 2pm.

Full details of the talks, and free registration, on EventBrite


RACE.ED is a cross-University network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective. They are hosting or showcasing the following events this month.


5 October The Hostile Environment, Covid-19 and the Politics of Care
6 October Patrick French - Decolonising the Curriculum - a UK-South Asia Comparison
9 October Climate and Community: Confronting constraints to Black environmentalism 
9 October Let's talk about Universities and Reparative Justice...
19 October Arundhati Roy: Screening of Portal to a New World
29 October Behind the Rhodes Statue: Empire and the British Academy (Edinburgh Race Lecture #4)

More information about the listed events

Black heroes of mathematics

The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) are co-hosting two days of sessions on the 26th and 27th October, to celebrate the inspirational contributions of black role models to the field of mathematics.

Further details and registration on the ICMS site

External events and sites

You may also be interested in the following:

Black History Month Scotland 2020

Black history walking tour of Edinburgh

Online events from London's Southbank Centre:


Recommended reading

This article on the Black History Month website, written by Catherine Ross, founder of Museumand: The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, highlights the relevance of Black History Month in the UK.

"Why Black History Month is more important than ever this year"

Museumand: The National Caribbean Heritage Museum