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“Ideally, we wouldn’t need a Black History Month because Black people exist every day of the year”

02 Oct 2020 | Advance HE October is Black History Month and at Advance HE we are proud to share stories of Black success, experience and action in higher education.

In our second Student Union vlog, Tiana Dinard-Samuel, Vice President Communities at Queen Mary University of London Students’ Union explains why Black History Month is important to her and what activities and events QMU SU is running to celebrate.

Tiana says Black History Month is a great chance to celebrate Black culture and learn more about Black history and heritage and the diversity of that which is so often ignored.

“Ideally, we wouldn’t need a Black History Month because Black people exist every day of the year and our history and stories should always be told. But actually, as long as there is inequality in our society I think it is really great that we do have a nationally designated time to focus on Black people, Black issues and Black history.”



Activities at QMU to celebrate Black History Month include guest speakers such as two GB athletes talking about being Black and disabled in sport, a Culture List to access Black film, TV, podcasts and books, online hip hop workshops and events by the anti-racist forum to share the lived experiences of being Black at university.

Find out more about Black History Month at QMU SU


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