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University of Wolverhampton Black History Month Conference

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To celebrate Black History Month the University of Wolverhampton will be holding a day of lectures, workshops and discussions covering the role of Black people in today’s society and throughout history.

A key theme will be looking at the role that Black people play in today’s turbulent political climate. We will hear from the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush about what the recent General Election meant for Black people across the UK. One of the UK's leading political journalist, his work having also featured in the Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard and the BBC. We will also be joined by Black and Asian local councillors who will talk about how they got involved in politics. The day will conclude with the University of Wolverhampton's first ever Black History Month Lecture.

The University will also be talking about how staff and students, as well members of the general public, can support its efforts to improve the University experience of BAME and Other Ethnic Minority staff, students and visitors.

The Conference is open to students, staff and members of the general public. They day will run from 10am to 4pm but people are welcome to attend for only part of the day if that is convenient. Lunch will be provided to conference attendees.

The full agenda is as follows:

09.45am to 10.15am: Registration and Refreshments

10.15am to 10.30am: Welcome to the Conference

10.30am to 11am: Discussion about the ECU Race Equality Charter and the Report of the Racial Disparity Taskforce

11am to 11.30am: Presentation from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service about their efforts to better engage with the Black community

11.30am to 12.30pm: Stephen Bush, Senior Correspondent at the New Statesman, on the role that Black people played in the recent General Election.

12.30pm to 1.15pm: Dr Udennis, Pastor at the Pillar of Faith Ministries, on the forgotten Black African origins of many key biblical figures

1.15pm to 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm to 2.00pm: Elsie Gayle, Chair of the African-Caribbean Society of Midwives in the UK, on her event in the evening about her experiences in the NHS.

2.00pm to 2.15pm: Welcome from David Bennett, Chair of the Wolverhampton Black History Month Group.

2.15pm to 3.15pm: In association with City of Wolverhampton Council, a roundtable on Why I Got Involved in Politics and Public Life, and Why You Should Too featuring Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, Councillor Sandra Samuels, Councillor Paul Singh and Councillor Hazel Malcolm.

3.15pm to 4pm: Exploration and Performance of African Folk Tales, by Isi Agboaye, postgraduate researcher at the University of Wolverhampton

There are also other Black History Month events at the University of Wolverhampton in evening, including a lecture on Enoch Powell’s relationship with Wolverhampton, a talk from the Elsie Gayle, the Co-Chair of the Society of African & Caribbean Midwives in the UK on her experiences in the NHS, and a one-person show about a young Black women’s experiences.

If you have any questions please contact Will Cooling by emailing w.cooling@wlv.ac.uk.

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