Black History Month at Bristol Students’ Union – Our Heroes; then, now and forever

So often in history, there are those who are forgotten.

Individuals who have dedicated a life to elevate others, who empower communities and create a legacy of real, progressive change. Unfortunately, these incredible individuals are often excluded from our historical narrative.

Black History Month was created to recognise the unmentioned achievements and contributions of people from African, Afro-Caribbean, Arab, Asian, South American and Indigenous descent. More importantly, it’s about bringing their achievements and contributions to the mainstream. Black history is world history and cannot be limited to just one month, however October is an opportunity for everyone to connect, recognise,empower, raise awareness, share, educate, and celebrate.

This year Bristol Students’ Union is kicking off Black History Month by celebrating Bristol’s unsung heroes and heroines.

On the 3rd of October 2015, Bristol Students Union will host ‘Our Heroes: then, now and forever’ a variety event that aims to recognise and celebrate black individuals who have made a positive impact in their community and those who  been forgotten over time.

We have been working with students, academics, community organisers and Bristol city council to bring you a night of discussion, art, poetry, performance, live music and great food!

The event will include the St. Paul’s Carnival with this year’s directors , the ‘Seven Saints’ exhibition, a speakers panel featuring Councillor Hibaq Jama, Dr Josie Gill, English lecturer from the University of Bristol, young community organisers and members of the wider Bristol  and Bath community. We will also be showcasing some of Bristol’s best up and coming talent as well as a once in a lifetime tribute performance to legendary international Reggae artist Alton Ellis by his son Troy Ellis and R.A.S band.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

poster for bhm event

The event will include the St. Paul’s Carnival with this year’s directors , the ‘Seven Saints’ exhibition, a speakers panel featuring Councillor Hibaq Jama, Dr Josie Gill, English lecturer from the University of Bristol, young community organisers and members of the wider Bristol  and Bath community. We will also be showcasing some of Bristol’s best up and coming talent as well as a once in a lifetime tribute performance to legendary international Reggae artist Alton Ellis by his son Troy Ellis and R.A.S band.

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