A programme of online events and activities is being staged for staff and students at The Open University to celebrate national Black History Month.
This year’s theme is “Proud to be…” and subjects range from Black Tudor Britain to identity, belonging, decolonisation and religion.
In this annual event, the OU is highlighting the stories of people with African or Caribbean heritage, recognising their contributions and achievements.
Key events in the first week are speeches by inspiring law graduates, Anthony Brown and Leonie Shaw-Brown, who are sharing a platform on their experiences being involved with the Windrush Generation.
Anthony wanted to study law in his twenties but when he went to apply, he found himself almost deported. See his full story here. Eventually, he achieved a law degree through the OU and now supports fellow Windrush survivors.
The month also features talks involving Rotimi Adebari, the first Black mayor in Ireland, who shares an online stage with Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo, lecturer in Work-based learning, at the OU Business School, who reveals the leadership practices that enabled this.
For members of staff and students…
People are being urged to contribute and become involved in activities that celebrate Black culture throughout the year.
If you’re an OU student, check the Black History Month page on StudentHome for the calendar of events and details on how to get involved.