BLACK HISTORY 18th November – 25th November 2019

Week 8
Wednesday 20th November, 2019
Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology Reading and Interaction (2-4pm, Debating Chamber, Falmer House)
This will be a panel discussion on the book, Here to Stay, Here to Fight which draws together many of these key articles and extracts into an impressive collection – the first book-length anthology of its kind – assembling a group of essential writings which were until now only available in a handful of archives. From 1973 to 1988, Race Today, the journal of the revolutionary Race Today Collective was at the epicentre of the struggle for racial justice in Britain. Placing race, sex and social class at the core of its analysis, it featured contributions from some of the leading voices of the time: C. L. R. James, Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Walter Rodney, Bobby Sands, Farrukh Dhondy and Mala Sen and many more. Be there!

 

Everything Must Fall Documentary Screening (4-6pm, Pevensey 1, 1A6)
Screening of the documentary, Everything must Fall which is centred on #Fallism, the student protest movement in South Africa followed by a virtual Q & A session with the director, Rehad Desai. For more information about the film and a trailer, see http://everythingmustfall.co.za. Organised by John Masterson and Decolonise Sussex with support from Sussex African Centre.

Afrobeats DanceFit (7:30-8:30pm, Off Campus. Marina Studios)
Afrobeats DanceFit is a dance fitness class founded by Morenike Dasilva, a fourth-year medical student at BSMS, which runs every Wednesday 7.30-8.30pm at Marina Studios. Afrobeats DanceFit isn’t about performing a routine perfectly, it’s about looking after your mental and physical health whilst having fun! The class strives to have a welcoming atmosphere free from the pressure of ‘getting the moves right’, as long as your heart rate is increasing, we’re happy!
Afrobeats DanceFit is also a celebration of African culture! The class playlist features hits from all over the continent and the routines are an excellent blend of effective exercises and African dance moves. They’re so fun that you’ll forget you’re exercising! Also, each class ends with an African proverb packed with wisdom to see you through the rest of the week.
In addition to being beneficial for your health and fun, Afrobeats DanceFit is affordable! Students receive a 50% discount making the class £4! Don’t hesitate to book your place by emailing AfrobeatsDanceFit1@gmail.com or by clicking ‘going’ on our Facebook event! In addition to being beneficial for your health and fun, Afrobeats DanceFit is affordable! Students receive a 50% discount making the class £4! Don’t hesitate to book your place by emailing AfrobeatsDanceFit1@gmail.com or by clicking ‘going’ on our Facebook event!

 

 Thursday 21st November, 2019
Sussex Black History/Cultural Dress Day/Exhibition (Falmer House, Common Room)
A full day of Black History exhibition with music playing. A day to celebrate Black History, Culture and everything from the African/Asian/Indigenous lands. From 5 to 6, a chance to talk to people from Brighton and Hove Black History group as well as other Black History enthusiasts and professionals. All afternoon the Common Room will play host to an exhibition of resources from Brighton & Hove Black History, culminating in the gathering of staff and students alike from 5PM onwards.

Announced at Sussex Black History Day will be the winner of our Black History Month competition!

To enter, follow @sussexbhm and Black History Month Curator, Su’ur/Su’eddie (@sueddieagema) on Instagram and Twitter. Send us a photo of you that you’re happy to be reshared with your response to “What it means to me to be Black/African/BAME” (either generally or relating to University of Sussex life). You could win a £25 Love to Shop voucher if one of our favourite entries – announced and showcased on the night.

 

Black History Groove and Network Session (Falmer House, Common Room)
From 6 to 8, there will be proper music, time for socials and networking. Also, PRIZES!
Come in a costume from any period in the history of any Black Nation or in a black national cultural attire. The best dressed will get an award! There will be music, something to nibble on and a chance to wind off, network, then generally be merry. All this to the background of history on the walls. Time to show your love and support, the grand way to crown our Black History celebrations.

 

Friday 22nd November 2019
Afriquia Theatre Activism: Black Queer Kunto towards Ubuntu with Mojisola Adedayo (5:30pm, Gardner Tower, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts)
Join the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in collaboration with the Sussex DocS for an evening of talks/performance with Mojisola Adedayo as she offers insight into her work which plays at the intersection of blackness and queerness, performance and protest, art and activism. Her work will be framed within the Southern African humanist philosophy of Ubuntu and the revolutionary spirit of Kunto. She will present extracts of her plays that address climate justice, Islamophobia, gender violence, black lives matter, black love matters and the power and politics of pleasure.

 

Week 9
Monday 25th November, 2019
Refugee Tales by Decolonise Sussex (Falmer House, Room 76, Tentative Time: 7:30-10:30pm)
Decolonise Sussex and Sussex Student Action for Refugees present a night of readings, poetry and music in Room 76, Falmer House. Come listen to readings and explore from the celebrated Refugee Tales, edited by Professor David Herd and Anna Pincus. The Refugee Tales include renditions that are frighteningly common experiences of Europe’s new underclass – its refugees – as told to writers including Inua Ellams, Ali Smith, Avaes Mohammad, Dragan Todorovic, Hubert Moore and Carol Watts. There will be space for a talk from students from co-hosts, Sussex Student Action for Refugees (STAR), select readings and performances by poets, spoken artistes and musicians. Also, in attendance will be Professor David Herd himself, who will give a reading and take part in a Q&A. Entry donation is £3. For more details contact decolonise@sussexstudent.com.

 

In addition to these events, we will be publishing an anthology of poetry, short stories, plays and non-fiction. Do you have any creative piece on life, heritage or just something that is beautiful? Why don’t you share it with us at blackhistory@sussexstudent.com with the subject BHM ANTHOLOGY…(?) You might also want to join the African Writers Society as they meet for general readings, critique sessions and general discussions on writing from every part of the world. For more inquiries, do send a mail to africanwriters@societies.sussexstudent.com.

 

 

If you have any inquiries on any event related to Black History or our events in this regard, send a mail to blackhistory@sussexstudent.com and we will get to you as soon as we can.

 

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