Black History Month

October Marks the worldwide celebration of Black History Month. A time for us to recognise and celebrate the incredible contributions that people of an African and Caribbean heritage have made to humanity.

Proudly, this year marks the first official SU run Black History Month. The campaign aims to bring together students and staff from all backgrounds to celebrate and learn about the successes of Caribbean and African Cultures.

Events below will be running throughout the month.


Notable Black Figures Throughout History

Katherine Johnson 

An African American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee in the 1950's were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. manned spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped the space agency pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. She is quite possibly one of the most inspiring and influential women in history, overcoming adversity and using her successes as a monumental point in diminishing racial and gender stereotypes. 

Langston Hughes

An American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Jopplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem in New York City.

Rosa Parks

An activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The United State Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement"

Malcolm X

An American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African-American history.

Carter G. Woodson

An American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study African-American study. A founder of The Journey of Negro History in 1916, Woodson has been cited as the "father of black history". 

Martin Luther King Jnr

An American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through non-violence and civil disobedience  tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Ghandi helped inspire.

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