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Black History Month 2023

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Black History Month at DMU features a richly diverse calendar of events celebrating the heritage, history, arts, culture and accomplishments of African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas in the UK.

Running throughout October, this year's vibrant programme consists of a range of in-person events and activities taking place across campus, as well as online and hybrid events including performances, talks, and interactive sessions.

There will be a display of ‘Banned Black Books’ on the ground floor of the Kimberlin Library throughout October, developed in conjunction with the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. 


Over the years, DMUs Race Equality Network has led the way in magnifying marginalised identities and voices on our campus during Black History Month, and this year is no exception.
I want to thank the Black History Month Steering Group for organising a month of exciting and thought-provoking events and conversations that celebrate our African, Caribbean and Indian communities at DMU for everyone to take part in and appreciate.

Sherilyn Pereira, co-chair of the Race Equality Network

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Alumni Stories - Millicent Grant

DMU alumna, Millicent Grant (KC), tells us what she's been doing since graduating DMU as well as how she's supported Black History Month over the years.


BANNED – But they can’t stop the discourse: Banned Black Books You Should Be Reading Throughout October

In the USA many books by black authors have been vilified and banned on the basis of their content. Authors including Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin have had works criticised for their coverage of issues around race and sexuality. During Black History Month there will be a display of some of these books on the ground floor of Kimberlin Library, all of which are available for students and staff to borrow.

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Have you considered becoming a blood donor?

The Race Equality Network is working with NHS Blood and Transplant to raise awareness for the ongoing need for donors and in particular donors from Black, Asian and ethnically minoritised backgrounds.


Black, Asian and ethnically minoritised donors are specifically needed right now because:

  • Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own
  • A number of blood conditions, like sickle cell disease which is treated through blood transfusions, most commonly affect Black, Asian and ethnically minoritised people
  • The best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background


Archie Khuman, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media, and Race Equality Network co-chair, said: “It is vitally important that if you can donate blood then please do, and there is a particular shortage from people from a Black, Asian and ethnically minoritised background. Please help us to address the health inequalities that many members of these communities may face. Donating blood saves lives.”

Find out more about becoming a blood donor