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Whats Happening During Black History Month?

There were a number of exhibitions, events, and activities taking place for Black History Month at CCCU. 


Follow their Lead Exhibition 

We celebrated the successes of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Christ Church students, both past and present.

Visit our our online exhibition to find out what they are doing, what they think of Black History Month and what advice they have for current students.

Our poster exhibition will be displayed across campus throughout the rest of the academic year and Student Communications will be adding to the exhibition portfolio. 

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Colours of the Criminal Justice System 

The EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Office worked with student Sha-Kayla Thomas and lecturer Mary Makinde to produce Colours of the Criminal Justice System. This explores the history of Black people within the criminal justice system and featuring those exceptional Black people who have been trail blazers for change.

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A Taste of Black History

Every Friday throughout October the CCCU Food Court (Canterbury) offered a menu that celebrated the tastes associated with Black History Month. The meals included were:

  • Jerk Chicken with rice and peas, slaw and side salad
  • Nigerian Jollof Rice
  • Southern Style Mac & Cheese
  • Creole Seafood

Information about each dish can be found at: A Taste of Black History 

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Time for a Polite Revolution 

We held a public Lecture with Professor Laura Serrant OBE. This was followed by the launch of the CCCU Student BAME Support Network 

Find out about our BAME Student Network

Film Screenings

Schooling the World 

Schooling The World takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.

 I Am Not Your Negro

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.


The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

C4 Dance Showcase in Support of Black History Month

We enjoyed a celebration of dance in support of Black History Month and raised funds for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. The Foundation plays a social role, using the beauty and humanity of the African-American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.

On the Sofa with ... Mary Makinde

Mary is a Lecturer in Forensic Investigation here at CCCU. Mary has a wealth of experience in the field of Forensic Science as prior to working at CCCU she worked at two of the UK’s leading Forensic Science Providers. Her students think she’s great, and we do too. She’s also passionate about celebrating Black History Month with us, so we asked her a bit about what Black History Month means to her, her career journey including challenges and triumphs as a woman of colour, and her occupation as a forensic scientist and an Academic here. 

Overcoming Unconscious Bias for Better Communication 

More and more employers are interested in applicants with the skills and attributes that accompany the ability to work successfully in a diverse and inclusive environment.

This session covered how unconscious bias could be a barrier to your own success as well as others. We explored ways to overcome our own bias and communicate better with diverse colleagues.

Library and Learning Resources

Library and Learning Resources had a lot planned for Black History Month. Taking the central campaign theme of the amazing contributions the Windrush and later generations have made to the UK. 




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