Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the invaluable contributions that the Black community make to our learning community and our society.

Traditionally, in the United Kingdom Black History Month is celebrated throughout the month of October. During this period both triumphant and challenging moments in black history are acknowledged and celebrated.

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging but unique time in history, however, the events this year provides us with a real chance to influence and make change for the better, both within our institution and wider society. As an institution we are committed to securing racial justice, inclusivity, equality and sustainability for us all. Every one of us at Christ Church, staff and students, have an important contribution to make as we work towards promoting racial equality and developing a learning and working community that is inclusive and accessible to all. Therefore, in recognition that the Black community, culture and contributions should be celebrated throughout the year and the need to focus on racial equality, the theme Christ Church this year will be Black History 365.

Through this theme we will acknowledge the significance of October in celebrating Black History and as such we will be launching a series of events, workshops, campaigns and exhibitions starting in October.

Throughout the year we will continue to raise black voices, educate on race and racism and build a community that celebrates diversity. Under our Closing Our Gap Strategic commitments, Black History 365 strongly supports our community, culture and curriculum strands by providing us with a opportunity to engage positively with history, act in the present and work towards building a better future for all by bringing staff and students from all racial and ethnic background on a transformative journey.

Therefore, we would like to encourage everyone to get involved, join in the celebrations and work towards equality for all. To get involved with Black History 365 please email closingourgap@canterbury.ac.uk.

What's on throughout Black History 365?