Black History Month UK 2020

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in October 1987. Over 30 years later, it’s become a time to celebrate the culture and contributions of Black Britons, as well as the African diaspora around the world. 

Throughout October, ECSA and the College will be sharing lots of content to amplify the voices of Black people across the globe and in our communities as part of Black History Month UK 2020.

We will all be highlighting celebrating key black individuals throughout the month as well as hosting talks and sharing work and reflections from our own students.

Keep an eye on the following channels for blogs and event updates:

ECSA Facebook ECSA Twitter ECSA Instagram

Edinburgh College Facebook Edinburgh College Twitter

Events include:

Tuesday 13 October at 7pm – ECSA film screening of ‘Cooked: Survival by Zip Code’. Access the screening here: This is a one hour documentary film looking at the Chicago heatwave of 1995 where 739 people lost their lives, with the huge majority of these deaths being in black communities. This leads to a critique of disasters: what counts as a disaster; national disaster preparedness; and who has the privilege to prepare for such events. If you would like to watch this film with us, please email to express your interest. You can view the trailer here:

Thursday 22 October 4-5pm – Call out hate: a special webinar series: have the opportunity to join this webinar which explores race and racism and what educators can do to tackle racism in their classrooms and institutions. Khadija Mohammed will share learning from the Scottish Funding Council/Advance HE project she has been leading to tackle racism in further and higher education.

Wednesday 28 October (time TBC) – Black History Month 2020 Showcase ECSA will be showcasing partnership work with curriculum areas to highlight some of the great activities that have happened for Black History Month 2020 and in previous years. This will take place through Facebook live streams and videos throughout the day, so stay tuned for further information.

Finally, here’s how you can get involved! The ECSA team is looking for you to share your favourite culture by black and minority ethnic artists and creators. These will be collated into a resource to educate ourselves, for staff to broaden their curriculum and to amplify the voices of BAME people. Submit yours by Friday 16 October on the ECSA website here: