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October is Black History Month (BHM). This national celebration aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. We are hosting many events throughout the University and celebrate Black achievement.

‌In an effort to increase the profile, support for and visibility of BHM we are looking to have a photoshoot (similar to Pride month launch) where members of the University senior leadership team, flanked by as many University staff and students meet up and take a photo in front of a banner, to launch BHM; this photo is then used to promote BHM.

Dame Nancy has committed to participating in this photoshoot and will be available at ~12:45 next Friday 27/09/2019 in the John Owens Main Quad.  We expect to have other members of the University leadership team present.



 ‌Brilliant and Black presents: Professor David Olusoga

Public lecture given by David Olusoga OBE to celebrate Black History Month at The University of Manchester

10 October 2019 from 12.00 noon - Student's Union - Academy 2

For our flagship event this year we are delighted to welcome our Professor of Public History, David Olusoga OBE. David will be delivering a keynote presentation considering the joint histories and shared pasts between Britain and people of African descent.

David, who presented the BBC's landmark series Civilisations in 2018 alongside Simon Schama and Mary Beard, is one of the UK’s foremost historians whose main subject areas are empire, race and slavery. He was made an OBE in 2019 for his services to history and community integration and joined the University earlier this year.

 Register at:

Twitter: #BrilliantandBlack #UoMBHM2019

Please visit our event webpage for full details and registration information:


 This year the 5th annual Wear Red Day takes place in England and Wales on Friday, 18 October 2019 and we’re supporting it for the third year running


On Friday 18th October the University will celebrate Wear Red Day (WRD). It is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses & individuals to wear something red and donate £1 to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland & Wales. For just £5, SRtRC can educate one child for a whole day. To find out how you can get involved and to receive a fundraising pack please go to

 We’ll be having a photocall on the day at 1pm in the front quad of John Owens – so please do come along in your favourite red clothes! 

If you can’t make it, then show your support for WRD by downloading the  ‘I am supporting Wear Red Day’  and take an individual or group selfie with the card and share the picture on social media using the hashtag #WRD19.

You can also donate via WRD JustGiving page: