Black History Month
October is Black History Month (BHM) – an annual celebration of the black history, achievements and contributions across the world.
While acknowledging inequality can never be limited to a single month, Black History Month is a distinctive time of addressing misrepresentations of black history, challenging oppression and celebrating diversity and inclusion.
We recognise that 2020 has been a year for activism and has highlighted the need for BAME and especially Black voices to be heard. Every individual at Croydon College should feel safe and comfortable to bring their whole self to their place of work or study.
This month we’ll be looking forward to the different departmental celebrations including a cultural awareness day organised by our Hair and Beauty department. Take a look at the number of events that students will be getting involved in below.
2020 Events and Activities
- Art and Design: Working with the Horniman Museum , learners are developing a deconstruct Project. The Museum has lent the College 13 objects originating from West Africa and other BAME cultures.
- Music: Students are working on a track and music video to celebrate black history month.
- Performing Arts (Musical Theatre): learners are working with a local dancer to choreograph a piece inspired by Black dancers / choreographers / Musicians.
- The staff will be taking part in a unconscious bias workshop delivered by the Talawa Dance company.
Public Health and Social Care Webinar
- Our Public Health and Social Care students of the University Centre Croydon will take part in a zoom event with Counsellor Kate Anolue, Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield on Wednesday 14 October.
Hair and Beauty Cultural Awareness Day
- Students will come into the College dressed in their traditional homeland outfits to educate their peers on the different styles of fashion from different cultures.
Hospitality and Catering
- Students will be creating traditional dishes from a variety of different cultures.
- Our sports students will be invited to attend a debate-style discussion about the impact that black athletes have had on sport.
For Black History Month 2020, we’ve invited current staff and students to take part in a profile to showcase our excellent diversity throughout the College.
A way to become a better ally to the movement is to educate yourself. Please see a number of resources available below:
- Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, 2017
- Paul Gilroy, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack,1987
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000
- Göran Olsson, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, 2011
- Shola Amoo, The Last Tree, 2019
- Debbie Tucker Green, Second Coming, 2014
- Reni Eddo-Lodge, About Race with Reni Eddo Lodge, 2018
- George the Poet, Have You Heard George’s Podcast, 2019
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