Black History Month 2014

black history month

Black History Month honours and celebrates the achievements, contributions, heritage and struggles of Black people, through a range of exciting, informative and inspirational events which take place across the UK.

The West Midlands is host to over 60 events  including those taking place at University of Birmingham

Highlights of events in Birmingham include:

Fri 26 Sep – Fri 7 Nov @ The Drum

Exhibition: Freedom or Death: Dr Vanley Burke

South Africa The Drum hosts an exhibition charting the final days of the apartheid era in South Africa, seen through the lens of documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.

Featuring shoots from Soweto, Sharpeville, Bophuthatswana, Cape Town and Durban, the exhibition includes photos capture by Burke as he talked to people and attended rallies, funerals and demonstrations. The photographs provide an insight into a nation journeying towards democracy.

The exhibition is Free  and is taking place at The Drum, Birmingham.

Wed 1 Oct  @ The Drum, 7pm

Pandora’s Box

pandora's box

As part of the Nigerian 54 Independence Day Celebrations The Drum is staging the award-wining tragic comedy ‘Pandora’s Box’, a play about a Nigerian families, love, betrayal and choices. There will also be VIP meet and greet with speeches from Nigerian leaders and a post-performance Q&A’s with the writer and cast members.

Tickets are £12.50, available from:

The Drum, Birmingham Box Office 0121 333 24440121 333 2444

The Hip Hop Fellow, Tuesday 07th October, 6.15–8.15pm Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower University of Birmingham

Hiphop lecture

This feature-length documentary follows Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia.

This special screening will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr Erin Sullivan from 7.30–8.15pm.Admission free, to book visit

Go think food

Wednesday 22nd October 8.00am–4.00pm  Go Central, University Centre Black History Month Menus, University of Birmingham

Pop to the Go Asia counter in University Centre and sample their special Caribbean menu – and all for only £4.50

12.00–4.00pm | Noble Room, Staff House

Following a University-wide Black History Month recipe competition, in which we asked you to submit your favourite African, Caribbean and Asian influenced dishes, The Noble Room will serve up the winning dish, alongside other Black History Month dishes.

Find out more about Black History and information about national Black History events and activities taking place throughout October 2014.