Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the individuals and events which have shaped African and Caribbean communities, as well as our collective history.
It also provides space for Black students to explore and articulate their own experiences, and a focus for the whole University community to discuss and address the on-going challenges facing Black communities in Britain and around the world.
The Students' Association's Black History Month celebrations take place during national Black History Month in October and are led by our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Campaign.
Please see below for a full list of Students' Association Black History Month events, as well as highlights from the University community and beyond.
If you have any questions about Black History Month or the Students' Association's BME Campaign, or would like your event to be featured in the programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racism in Religion: a Panel
October 1st, 17:00-19:00; Chaplaincy Audiorium, Potterrow
Join the BME Campaign, the African Caribbean Society, and the Islamic Society for an enlightening discussion on how we can challenge racism within faith communities.
Black Queer History: Discussion and Social
October 1st, 19:15-20:00; Dining Room, Teviot Row House
Join PrideSoc - Edinburgh's LGBTQ+ society - and the BME Campaign for a relaxed discussion and social centring the experiences of Black Queers from history and the current day.
Nigerian Independence Day Celebration
October 1st, 20:30-23:00; Debating Hall, Teviot Row House
Join the Nigerian Society for an evening of music, dance, games and food! There'll be lots of fun activities - including a quiz - and plenty of friendly faces to make sure everyone feels welcome.
'When I Get Home': Solange Listening Party
October 2nd, 17:00-20:00; Balcony Room, Teviot Row House
Join FemSoc - Edinburgh's Feminist Society - and the BME Campaign for a listening party of Solange's iconic album 'When I Get Home'! There'll be a super chill vibe, the opportunity to listen to the album, and discuss its impact.
Please note, this event is only open to students of colour.
PrideSoc goes to SQIFF
October 3rd, 17:00; meeting point TBC
Join students from PrideSoc and the BME Campaign to head along to the screening of 'Fabulous' and 'Father Figure' hosted by the Scottish Queer International Film Festival. The screenings will be followed by a discussion focusing on the films' exploration of contemporary European ballroom culture.
Fighting White Supremacy in LGBTQ Spaces
October 8th, 19:45-20:30; Underground, Teviot Row House
Join PrideSoc and the BME Campaign for a workshop exploring the role that we must all play in challenge racism and white supremacy in queer spaces.
'When They See Us': Screening and Discussion
October 14th and October 17th, 18:00-21:00; location TBC
Join the African Caribbean Society, the Edinburgh Law School, and the BME Campaign for a screening of the powerful 'When They See Us'. We'll be discussing the miniseries' themes of racial profiling, justice and the impact of policing on communities of colour.
Black Star x Black on Both Sides Listening Party
October 14th, 20:30-23:00; Study, Teviot Row House
Join Hip Hop Soc as they listen to two incredible hip hop albums: Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides. They'll be listening to the albums in full and discussing their legacy, so head along.
Black Excellence: Open Mic
October 16th, 19:00-22:00; Underground, Teviot Row House
Join the BME Campaign and the African Caribbean Society for our annual celebration of Black students' talents - Black Excellence. We'll have a range of performances from some of our incredible students, and there'll be plenty of opportunities to grab a drink and socialise too.
Introduction to DJing with DJ Scotia
October 21st, 16:00-18:00; Underground, Teviot Row House
Join the BME Campaign and Shaheeda Sinckler AKA DJ Scotia for a free, supportive and intimate introduction to DJing. Places are limited, so if you're interested, please email email@example.com for more information and to reserve your space.
Please note, this event is only open to Black students.
To Pimp a Butterfly Blackout Edition
October 21st, 20:45-23:30; Study, Teviot Row House
Join Hip Hop Soc and fully immerse yourself in Kendrick's magnum opus, To Pimp a Butterfly. The album is widely considered a masterpiece for its fusion of hip hop, funk and jazz, and all students are welcome.
Black Students and Faculty Brunch
October 23rd, 11:00-13:00; Dining Room, Teviot Row House
Join Black students and staff from across the University to meet, network, and share experiences of academia. There'll be tea and coffee, plenty of pastries, and a relaxed atmosphere so come along if you're interested.
Please note, this event is only open to Black students and staff.
BME Campaign goes to 'Barber Shop Chronicles'
October 23rd, 19:30; Gardens, Teviot Row House
We're super excited to be working with the Lyceum Theatre to offer members of the BME Campaign FREE tickets to the preview of 'Barber Shop Chronicles'. The show explores the barber shop as a space for confessions, political debate, and community building, and is coming to Edinburgh following sell-out runs in London and a world tour!
Students can reserve tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before October 9th, and on October 23rd we'll be heading along to the show together, meeting in the gardens of Teviot Row House.
Black History Month Lecture with Jackie Kay
October 24th, 18:00-20:30; G.03, 50 George Square
Join the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in welcoming Jackie Kay, Scots Makar, poet and novelist to the University as part of Black History Month. She will be in conversatoion with Dr Talat Ahmed, Director of Equality and Diversity within the School and Co-Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies.
The event is from 7-8:30pm, with refreshments available from 6-7pm. Booking is essential - reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Afrobeats Dance Class with Divine Tasinda
October 25th, 17:00-18:00; Ochil Room, Pleasance
Join the Afrobeats Dance Society for an exclusive dance class with the incredibly talented Divine Tasinda! Divine is usually based in Glasgow so this is a unique opportunity to experience their teaching through in Edinburgh, and for just £3.
Check out the Facebook event for more information.
Women in Hip Hop
October 28th, 20:30-23:00; Study, Teviot Row House
Join Hip Hop Soc and FemSoc as they celebrate Black women in hip hop across the years! From Missy Elliot to Rico Nasty, they'll be playing everything from throwback hits to current bops and you can post requests on the Facebook page ahead of time - in between tunes there'll be loads of great chat, and an opportunity to hear more about the societies.
Black to the Future Party
October 30th, 22:00-03:00; Wee Red Bar
We're super excited to be working with Africa in Motion to host Back to the Future - a celebration of Afrofuturism! We'll have DJs to keep you dancing all night, including some of our very own members who have attended our Introduction to DJing with DJ Scotia earlier in the month.