We mark Black History Month, valuing diversity in our University and the benefits this brings to students and staff throughout the year.

We explore the cultures and histories of people of African descent through our research and teaching, and the activities of our staff and students.  

Black History Month activities

Many of the events this year will continue the conversations highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this year. All students and staff are encouraged to attend this year’s Black History Month activities.

This exciting programme has been pulled together by the student BME Network in collaboration with the Bristol SU events team and BME Success Programme

Anti-racism at Bristol

The University of Bristol is determined to tackle racial discrimination in all its forms. We are committed to making sure that our University is inclusive. We want the experience of studying and working here to be positive and welcoming for everyone, of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.

We understand that this is the responsibility of all of us and we expect everyone to play an active part.

Black History Month provides an important and timely opportunity to explore Black history, to reflect on and celebrate the contribution of Black and Black heritage staff and students to our University, and to discuss ways in which we can deliver our shared commitment to addressing structural and cultural racism

Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

BAME Staff Network

We support staff from Black, Asina and Minority Ethnic backgrounds through our network.

Sign up to the Staff Black History Month event here and follow us on Facebook

Black Students Network Student page

Black Students Network is a union of black student groups that exists to provide a safe space for self-identifying Black students on campus and encourage empowerment for our communities through campaigns, forums and socials.

Black History Month 2021

Unveiling of Henrietta Lacks Statue - Live Stream
Monday 04-10-2021, 15:00 - 15:30

In Conversation with Dr Jason Arday
Thursday 07-10-2021, 17:30 - 18:30

Selfcare Sunday
Sunday 10-10-2021, 14:00 - 17:00

Paint and Sip
Tuesday 12-10-2021, 17:00 - 19:30

Black Men and Women Talk: Your Mind Matters
Wednesday 13-10-2021, 18:30 - 20:00

Telling your QTIPOC story with We Create Space
Wednesday 13-10-2021, 16:00 - 16:45

Reparations – Meeting Bristol’s Responsibilities
Thursday 14-10-2021, 14:00 - 16:00

Steppin Sistas Walk - Black History Month Special
Saturday 16-10-2021, 14:00 - 16:00

Film night: Judas & The Black Messiah
Monday 18-10-2021, 18:30 - 21:30

Open mic night - Black History Month
Thursday 21-10-2021, 19:00 - 22:30

Slave Trade Walk
Saturday 23-10-2021, 12:30 - 15:00
Sunday 24-10-2021, 12:30 - 15:00

Clubhouse Debate Night - Black History Month
Thursday 28-10-2021

Bristol BME Power List

In joint partnership, the University, Bristol Students's Union and Bristol 24/7 have published the names of Bristol's 100 most inspiring and influential Black and Minority Ethnic People, as nominated by members of the Bristol community. The aim of the Bristol BME Powerlist is to improve links between students and the wider Bristol community, and to provide students with more visible BME role models to inspire them in their own careers, activities and engagement with the city.

Windrush Generation - Hostile Environment Bill: student poem

Windrush migrant and MA student, Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne, delivers a thought-provoking performance of her poem about the experiences of the Windrush Generation and the Hostile Environment Bill 2013.

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