Black History celebrations commenced at De Montfort University

BY LILY THAKEBEN B

Black History Month was celebrated in style at De Montfort University, with a series of events held this week.

The Launch event began on Tuesday at 3.30pm in DMU’s Campus Centre Atrium and was hosted by its Chief Operating Officer Ben Browne.

The afternoon included live performances from a range of talent within DMU and included DMU Steppers, Indian and urban dancing, a Poetic recital and singing.

The purpose of the event was to celebrate the contributions made to society by Caribbean, Asian and African people and focus on problems facing the black community.

Mr Browne said: “This is a national event which we celebrate every year. It is important to recognise the contributions black people have made and to counter any stereotypes which are out there. It is also important to consider what black people contribute to society.”

In partnership with the event, the Disability Advice and Support team spread the word about sickle cell disease on campus.

The Advice team were on hand to raise awareness about a myth that sickle cell is confined to African regions.

At the beginning of the event, Mr Browne made a speech and mentioned the success of black history so far.

He referred to recent announcements surrounding new DMU Chancellor, Baroness Lawrence as a ‘historic moment’ for black history.

Finally, after a spectacular variety of performances from the DSU clubs and societies, drinks and canapes were served.

James Thompson, who sang at the event, said: “It is a privilege to be able to perform for Black History and I like what it presents. It’s all about being proud of where you come from. Your heritage doesn’t determine your legacy.”

This week has seen a whole host of events held in aid of Black History, from an Equality and Diversity seminar on Wednesday, to a Film screening this afternoon.

The last event will be hosted by Dr Rupert Gammon on Friday October 23 at 1pm in the first floor of the Queens Building.

Dr Gammon will consider the work he is undertaking in Africa to bring electrical power to off-grid communities and reflect on African power.

For further information visit the DMU events page: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/events-calendar.aspx

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