Black History Month 2021 - Proud To Be

Black History Month UK is launching a new campaign to mark Black History Month 2021 in October. Inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events, the new campaign is called 'Proud To Be'. It will invite Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. For example, Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me.

Black History Month 2021
The Proud To Be campaign will also focus on encouraging children and young people to share what they are Proud To Be.

The campaign aims to make Black History Month 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how we're all making history all the time in our own ways, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black people throughout history.

The Proud To Be campaign will also focus on encouraging children and young people to share what they are Proud To Be.

We are welcoming all current and former members of staff, students past and present, as well as anyone who has a connection to/affiliation with the University of London to share their stories, experiences and what they are proud of via email or social media, including video and audio clips.

Please indicate when you submit your content whether you are happy for us to use/share it on our various internal/external communications channels or not.

If you would like to participate please email:

University of London Events

The University of London will also be hosting related events during this month. These include:

21 October, 16:00 -17:30

"The Legacies of the 1962 and 1971 Immigration Acts: Historians and Lawyers in conversation"

Hosted by the School of Advanced Study's AHRC-funded Windrush oral history project and the Institute of Historical Research's History and Policy network, this special round table discussion for Black History Month considers the legacies of the 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act and the 1971 Immigration Act from historical and legal perspectives. Between them, the acts created a web of restrictions and obligations the complexity of which continues to cause confusion even to specialists in this area. They provided the legal backdrop to the Windrush scandal in which many people from BAME communities found their right to live in the UK challenged by agents of the state. An expert panel will attempt to disentangle this issue, considering the intended and unintended consequences of the two acts. Confirmed speakers include, Nadine El-Enany, author of '(B)ordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire') and Ian Sanjay Patel, author of 'We're here because you were there: Immigration and the end of empire'. Further details and a link to register for this event will be available soon.

27-28 October

"Ain't I a Woman?: The 'Black Woman' in Historical and Contemporary Context"

This online two-day conference will be co-hosted by Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Goldsmith's University of London showcases emergent research and provides fresh perspectives into the phenomenal lives and contributions of Black Women past, present and into the future upon the societies in which they live. This event, organised by three Black female historians -- Dr Juanita Cox ('The Windrush Scandal' project, Institute of Commonwealth Studies); Dr Angelina Osborne (independent scholar and author of 100 Great Black Britons, 2020), and Dr Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths, author of The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa, ​2017) -- will also invite celebrated black women to share with the audience perspectives from their own professional careers and achievements.

The Organisational and Staff Development team will be organising one workshop each month focused on the theme of anti-racism starting in October and culminating in February to mark UK's national Race Equality Week 2022. The focus of these workshops is to foster a healthy organisational culture conducive to diversity, equality, and inclusion by exploring the concept of anti-racism and how it can affect workplaces. It is hoped that these workshops will help improve cultural competence and awareness and reinforce a culture that promotes inclusion. Further details will be made available in due course, for more information please email:

Events elsewhere

During this month, numerous online events are being hosted by University of London member institutions and external organisations that are open to staff and students.

Oxford Brookes University, 20 October: "Why Black History Matters" with Professor David Olusoga.

Professor David Olusoga is the award-winning author, and presenter whose contributions to Britain's Black history are defining. Currently the Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, Olusoga has committed to bringing essential topics, such as Windrush, slavery, and the empire, to the forefront of conversations.

Royal Holloway,  Thursday 21 October, 13.00-14.00: Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE

Royal Holloway, University of London's Black and Global Majority Staff network are hosting a conversation with anti-racism campaigner, education advocate and Labour Peer Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE. She will share her thoughts on racism, talk about her charity The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, and explore her hopes for the future. This is an online event.

Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) - October

The University is a member of enei. Staff can create an account and attend the following events or access resources: