At The University of Law we are proud to celebrate and recognise the contributions and achievements that Black people have made in history throughout Black History Month. Our commitment to talking about the achievements of Black people goes beyond the month of October, as does our commitment to supporting our Black students to achieve and excel in their studies.
If you would like to know more about the University’s stance on Black Lives Matter please see more information here.
To see the actions our University is taking to widen participation for all please see more information here.
Terry Dooley, the Librarian at the Manchester Campus of the University of Law, charts the political and personal life of professional boxer, Len Johnson, who was also one of the organisers of the 5th Pan African Conference.
The conference was organised by the arts and humanities outreach team at MMU in association with the history politics and philosophy department. The aim of the conference is to bring to attention the significance of the 5th Pan-African Congress. What was the historical context to it? Why did it happen in Manchester? Who attended it and why was it important? Finally, we will consider how much resonance the Pan-African Conference still has in 2020 with ongoing issues of systemic racism in the UK, USA and across the world.
What is the University doing & how to get involved
The University is taking part in the Show Racism the Red Card event on Friday October 16th where students and staff are asked to wear something red to show their support to end racism in all its forms. This will receive coverage on the University’s Social Media channels.
There are also a number of events organised by the University African Caribbean Societies at various ULaw campuses. Again these will be publicised on the University’s social media. These are:-
16th October- debate night with Manchester and Bloomsbury
Topic: Debate night
23rd October Main event, 4.00pm – 6.30pm
At the beginning of this event we will be having a quiz based on black British history. The winner of the quiz will win an amazon voucher.
Then we will be joined by an incredibly special guest, Inez Brown. Inez Brown is the first Black women to be the president of the Birmingham Law Society. She will be discussing her experiences and offer her advice to students.
30th October games night with Manchester and Bloomsbury campus
Topic: Game night
As part of the University’s wider Widening Participation work, the University has made clear commitments to support our Black students to access higher education, succeed within higher education and progress into employment or further study.
The University is working with our BAME Advocates to understand the specific experiences and concerns of Black students, and how to address these within our learning and support. One of our current focuses is the intersection between race and gender, and the particular challenges facing our female Black students.
We are always open to contributions from our staff and students about how we can do better, and if you would like to be involved please contact BAMEAdvocates@law.ac.uk for more information.