Black History Month 2023

Time to reflect, celebrate and champion

"Black History Month is a time for us to reflect, celebrate and champion the rich history and legacy of Black Britons both past and present. This year's national Black History Month theme 'Saluting our Sisters' is an opportunity for us to shine a light on the pioneering Black British women whose contributions to our national history should be better known. For the Black History Month planning team this year's theme has been core to the events that we have planned.

Although Black History and the significant achievements and contributions of people from the African Diaspora to British society should be acknowledged all year round, Black History Month serves as an opportunity to directly draw attention to this and to challenge the systems that allow racial inequality to exist in our society.

As a community, we have shown a strong commitment to improving the experiences of our Black staff and students but we also acknowledge that there is more to do. This October, we ask you to join us in celebrating Black History Month, get involved with the array of events that we have planned and to challenge yourself in thinking about how you can be an ally to our Black community."

Reece St Omer

Words by Reece St Omer, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner

While we work year-round to address areas of inequality Black History Month is a month to take a moment to reflect on our actions and this year to celebrate our black women colleagues and students. For me it is a moment to reflect on the efficacy of my allyship, to help give voice and emphasis to lived experiences and to celebrate the innovation and creativity of black women."

Mandy Ure, SLT Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and SLT Sponsor for Race

Mandy Ure, SLT Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and SLT Sponsor for Race

There has been a plethora of success stories about black people, especially women, yet too often this has been overlooked. Join me this year to celebrate Black History Month, ‘Saluting our Sisters'. We have some fantastic workshops and speakers which I hope you will attend."

Thuy Mason, BAME co-chair

Thuy Mason, BAME co-chair


Throughout October: Saluting our Sisters

Town House Stairs Installation
Penrhyn Road

Come and see how we are celebrating this year's Black History Month theme: 'Saluting our Sisters' at Town House with an installation on the stairs honouring Black women.

Throughout October: Union of Kingston Students

Look out for themed communications each week through BHM focusing on Black excellence and inspirational leaders across academia, in sports, in the community and in healthcare.

Wednesday 4 October to Thursday 5 October: Black History Month information stall

10am to 12pm, Penrhyn Road

Celebrate Black History Month 2023 and our diverse Kingston community by learning about the many events being held at the University throughout October that celebrate this year's theme for Black History Month ‘Saluting our Sisters'.

Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October: A Particular Reality

KSA Platform Gallery

Alumni Fine Art students lead this project, using various artistic methods to explore the importance of Black History Month and what it means to them.

Monday 16 October: Keynote Speaker Seyon Amosu: Navigating the Fashion Industry as a 1st Generation Queer Immigrant

Kingston celebrates Black History Month 2023 as we invite multidisciplinary artist Seyon Amosu to speak about his experiences in the fashion industry and what Black History Month means to him.

Seyon Amosu, a queer Nigerian-born multidisciplinary artist, studied Fashion, Media & Promotion at the University for The Creative Arts. Following his graduation, he has embarked on a successful and global career in the Fashion industry. His work explores the intersections of race and sexuality, whilst drawing on influences from his Nigerian heritage. Seyon has worked with industry insider Ibrahim Khamara and has styled campaigns for Blanc magazine, Indie magazine and Harper's Bazaar Magazine UK.

We are thrilled to welcome Seyon to Kingston and to celebrate Black History Month 2023!

Thursday 19 October: Lightning Talk: Building a School in Ghana

Estates Project Manager, Charles Frempong, discusses the motivation, challenges and experiences of the project he and a group of friends are leading in building a primary school for a local community in Ghana.

Thursday 19 October: Lightning Talk: Ella Baker, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

Our LGBTQIA+ SLT Sponsor Helen Laville supports us in our promotion of this year's Black History Month 2023 theme ‘Saluting our Sisters' as she discusses and celebrates the life and legacy of Ella Baker.

Friday 20 October: Show Racism the Red Card: Wear Red Day

We are encouraging all our staff and students at the University to support this initiative, to show their solidarity and to commit to the pledge of Show Racism the Red Card by wearing something RED on ‘Wear Red Day'!

Wear Red Day - Show Racism the Red Card

"Be a proud anti-racist. Be the difference. Join us. Wear Red."

Wednesday 25 October: Keynote Speaker: Tessy Ojo: Saluting Our Sisters

Tessy Ojo

Kingston celebrates Black History Month 2023 as we welcome civil justice advocate and campaigner Tessy Ojo CBE.

Tessy Ojo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Diana Award - the charity legacy to the late Princess Diana of Wales. Tessy is also the very first British National to be awarded The Martin Luther King Award. Outside of her work with the Diana Awards, she is a huge advocate for women in leadership, diversity, and social issues affecting young people.

We're thrilled to invite Tessy to Kingston as we celebrate Black History Month 2023 and continue to champion this year's theme 'Saluting Our Sisters'!

Friday 27 October: Keynote Speaker: Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu

12.30 to 1.30 pm
Kingston Hill

Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu (University College London), winner of the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills' Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012.

Saturday 28 October: Celebrating Black-owned businesses

Not My Beautiful House
Kingston Town Centre

A Black History Month Makers Market at Not My Beautiful House (NMBH) which will be supporting Black-owned businesses.

Design for Black History Month 2022

Meet the student behind the Black History Month artwork

This year's artwork has been created by Sustainable Design student, Trusha Oza, who explains her design process:

"The BHM branding uses bright colours, playful and bold typography to represent the joy of decoloniality. I attended a workshop at the University of Westminster where we shared images and objects that bring us decoloniality joy. Participants shared powerful stories of strength, family, food, culture, etc which was the main inspiration behind the identity design. The design aims to evoke a positive feeling of decolonisation and at the same time show strength in fighting colonialism.

My process involved working with keywords, creating a visual mood board, sketching and finally working on Adobe Illustrator to create logo options. I had the most fun designing this logo, the process gave me joy."


Reading list

Students and staff can find a wider list of resources and suggested readings by logging into the iCat online library with their Kingston University username and password.