Manchester Metropolitan University Students' Union

Black History Month

Celebrated in the UK for 30 years, Black History Month is a chance to embrace black history and culture, and to celebrate the people who fought for, and are still fighting for, the rights of black communities.

Throughout the month of October, The Union is hosting a series film screenings, workshops and talks selected by students to celebrate and reflect upon black history. It’s not only a time to look at how far the world has come, but an opportunity to have conversations to inspire further change. Check out what’s on below.

Also, keep an eye on our twitter – the Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors will be sharing an inspirational person of their choice each day.

2018 Event Timetable

Date and Time Event About

1 October


Documentary - Black is the New Black

- BBC documentary which explores the lives and experiences of prominent Black British figures. Hear their experiences of growing up in Britain, school/work, family, achievements and dealing with racism. Share your experiences and hear different perspectives from our panel.

- We will be screening the first 3 30minute episodes of this BBC documentary, interspersed with conversation facilitated by our ambassadors.

- Snacks and refreshments will be available.

MMU students and staff only 

13 October

14:00 - 16:30

Film Screening - Hidden Figures

(Arts Festival) 

- Join our ambassadors for a screening of Hidden Figures and facilitated discussion on the themes. Whilst you are here, check out the art exhibition where some of our ambassadors’ work will be featured!

15th October 

14:00 - 16:00

Trip - Manchester Library

- A visit to Manchester Library Archives for a guided tour of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations and 30 years of Black British History. Meet at the SU reception where the Diversity and Inclusion ambassadors will be waiting for you to walk to the library.

15th October 

17:00 - 19:00

NUS Black Students Session - MR 6&7, The Union

- To many students, the National Union of Students (NUS) is simply just a discount card and in many cases unheard of, however the NUS is so much more. The NUS has three core values at its heart of equality, democracy and collectivism to “promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions.” One is the key campaigns that is links in with Diversity and Inclusion is the Black Students Campaign. The campaign “represents students of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean descent at a local and national level on all issues affecting Black students.” We would love to welcome you to our Black Students campaign session on Monday 15th October between 5pm-7pm. We are delighted to announce the NUS Black Students’ officer, Ilyas Nagdee, will be delivering a session on the NUS, campaigning and there will be an opportunity to participate in a workshop on how to create change at university. This is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight of the work of the NUS.

Limited tickets are available. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Beth Bradshaw (

24 October

13:00 - 16:00

Film Screening - Black Panther 

Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre

- A screening of the film with a discussion about the film’s impact on the individuals and society. Do you think the film could inspire the next generation? Have the chance to share your views and opinions! Soup will be served in the interval.

7 November


BHM University Challenge 

- Event for students at Uni of Birmingham. MMU have been invited to enter a team to compete in a special edition of University Challenge! Test your knowledge and compete with Uni of Birmingham to see who will come out on top! 
- Transport will be free for teams and students supporting our team!  

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