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Black History Month Celebration

Date: 23 October 2017
Time: 09:30 - 18:30

Floor 8, Keyworth Centre

Organiser: EquiNet
Contact details: 020 7815 8458,
Price: Free
Black History Month

Join us at this all day event for Black History Month and be inspired and empowered through poetry and creativity with a programme packed full of activists, writers, musicians and entrepreneurs

EquiNet, the network for BAME staff at LSBU proudly presents our Black History Month event. Take a look at the programme below, with a range of talks and activities, including urban fashion by Kelly Kibirige and Afghan jewellery by Khatera Omar.

Welcome from Professor Pat Bailey, Deputy Vice Chancellor [9.45-10.00]

Words of Inspiration with Lanre Sulola [10.00-10.45]

Be inspired and join us to listen to the words of Lanre Sulola, a poet and musician who uses his experiences of day to day life to motivate others to achieve their dreams. Lanre will be opening our Black History Month celebrations, creating the uplifting mood and positive feeling that surrounds this month to highlight the achievements of BME people around the world.

Poets’ Corner with Poetic Unity [11.00-12.00]

Join us to listen to Ragz-CV, founder of Poetic Unity - an award-winning lyricist who works with young people developing their creativity and performance skills and is committed to helping the next generation achieve their highest potential. With two of his co-members, Ragz-CV will take us on a thought-provoking, lyrical journey exploring life from the outside and within.

Poets’ Corner and the Poetry of Dorothea Smartt [12.00-1.00]

Described by as a ‘stunning performance artist and poet’ Dorothea returns to LSBU to enrich us with her experience and insight through her words, characterisations and voices. Dorothea Smartt has an international reputation as a respected literary activist, live artist and poet. She is an honorary member and advisor to Cambridge University’s Caribbean Poetry Project and her poetry appears in several journals, academic books and ground-breaking anthologies.

Caribbean Buffet [13.00-13.45]

Equality, Diversity and Being Visible [13.45-15.00]

Join us to hear about the work of three panellists who have done a tremendous amount of work to make black history visible. Stephen Bourne is a writer and social historian and will be speaking on his published books Black Poppies and Fighting Proud. Dr Miranda Brawn is an award winning diversity leader, founder and CEO of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation and Patron of the Black Cultural Archives. She will be speaking on how young people can own their power and inspire young people into leadership to change the world. Dr Peace Ojimba-Baldwin is an experienced community educational consultant focussing on equality in education for marginalised groups and will speak about the role of BME mothers in the education and social mobility of children.

Diversity Matters –RoboGals and BAME Women in Engineering [15.15-16.00]

Did you know that currently only six percent of professional engineers in the UK are from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds and BME Network? Diversity matters and companies are more likely to perform better if they are diverse which makes it important to hear about the exciting work on encouraging women into Engineering at LSBU and global initiatives such as RoboGals. Professor Shushma Patel and Dr Safia Barikzai are active participants in the drive to encourage BAME women into STEM subject areas and leadership roles. In June this year, they launched the Women in Engineering network at LSBU to inspire, empower and support women to accomplish their career goals.

Evening Reception with Acoustic Black Folk Music [16.00-18.00]

Join us for the evening reception with music provided by dynamic bass and voice duo, Eileen Quashie and Alex Kundig. They will transport listeners with their brand of ancestral Afro-soul sounds. Hailing from Ghana, Canada, Thailand, and Switzerland, their music explores history and ancestral healing through transcendent themes in storytelling and song.

The Academy of Sport is also celebrating Black History Month with a day of culturally inspired fitness and dance classes, find out more here.

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