As we continue to work towards promoting racial equity in Higher Education, Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to pause, reflect and build collective solidarity.

The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover and a Governor of Canterbury Christ Church University, shares a message of support during Black History Month and for our University approach to celebrate and appreciate the Black Community throughout the year with our Black History 365 programme.

Bishop Rose

I was lucky to have been born and brought up in Jamaica. At school, English history was taught along with Caribbean history. It was from the latter that I learnt about the ‘Transatlantic Slave Trade’ - ‘The Middle Passage.’ Growing up, I saw the remnants of the sugar plantations in the West of the Island where once the enslaved worked and where my grandmother lived; in school I also learnt about our National Heroes who were enslaved and treated less than human –Nanny of the Maroons and Samuel Sharpe, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon.

As a woman of Caribbean heritage – I am aware that I am a descendant of enslaved people. I have read their stories and made myself watch several movies and documentaries depicting their lives. Entertainment it was not, for me, these were moments of deep reflection.

I am delighted that CCCU has a 365-day approach to Black History Month. Afterall, ‘this is all our history’. Why? Because my story is your story, and your story is my story. Our stories are intertwined. I am here because you went there!

I encourage engagement with ‘Black History Month’ because it is about reimagining the kind of world we want to live in and what kind of legacy we want to leave behind for our children’s and grandchildren’s generations to come.

How we can take action together:

  • Check out and support the Black History 365 programme - we believe that the Black community should be celebrated and appreciated throughout the year and not just in the month of October. So, we continue to be committed to delivering an all year around Black History 365 programme.
  • Pledge to be an Allyto show your commitment to tackling racism and working towards a society in which our diversity is celebrated, and racial inequalities is eradicated, you can make a pledge.
  • Learn together - you may want to reflect and update your knowledge and understanding on race and race related issues. Check out the resources displayed in the Library and the recommended reading in the University bookshop. 

  • Be confident to report harassment – we want you to feel confident that reporting of any harassment incidents at CCCU will be taken seriously and that we will be here to support you


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