Black History Month
During Brunel’s 2019 Black History Month celebrations, the Student Success Project collaborated with the Union of Brunel Students to bring both students and staff from all backgrounds together to learn more about and to celebration of the achievements of African and Caribbean culture and heritage.
This campaign is funded and run by the Brunel Student Success Project under the Vice-Provost of Education, Mariann Rand-Weaver.
The Comedy Night took place on Tuesday the 1st of October, from 6-9pm in the Venue of the Hamilton Centre.
The campaign started off with a stand-up Comedy Show featuring some of London’s best Black stand-up comedians; Axel Blake, Thanyia Moore and Aurie Styla (who studied at Brunel University London once upon a time) for a night of fun and laughter.
The Expressive and Creative Writing Workshop for Mental Health
The Expressive and Creative Writing Workshop for Mental Health took place on Monday the 7th of October, from 3-5pm, in the Engage and Explore rooms in the Wilfred Brown Building.
This was an opportunity for students to use creative and expressive writing to help manage signs of stress, depression and anxiety. Brunel Alumni and founder of L.U.S.H talks, Sola Janet Browne who specialises in BAME mental health ran the workshop.
At the end of the workshop attendees should have:
- Gained practical writing and creative skills
- Learnt self-help tools they can use any time/ anywhere for managing stress and emotions e.g. writing, reflection, meditation
- Gained an understanding of how writing can impact mental health
- Felt more positive about their mental health and well being
- Learnt about how to access mental health services on and off-campus e.g. Brunel counselling services or culturally sensitive mental health services outside of the university
- Learnt about how to access services that use the arts in the prevention and management of mental health issues
- Exercised their executive functions e.g. memory, concentration, attention etc.
Hidden Colors Documentary Screening
The Hidden Colors documentary screening took place on Wednesday the 16th of October 2019, from 05:00-08:00pm in the Auditorium, in the Eastern Gateway building.
The documentary discussed the role of African and Aboriginal people in history and argues some achievements have not been properly recorded or credited to them. Hidden Colors features several interviews with commentators on Hidden Colors features several interviews with commentators on subjects such as the race and appearance of Jesus Christ and the reasons behind the end of slavery. The film also states Africans were the first to circumnavigate the globe, there was "pre-European settlement in the United States", that Africans created the first Asian dynasties. We had private catering ready before and after the documentary for socialising and networking purposes.
The aim of this event was to educate and spread awareness of the inspirational and empowering aspects of Black History that have been hidden from the mainstream.
Moonlight Movie Night
This Movie night took place on Thursday the 24th, 2019, 7:00pm-9:00pm, The Junction, Hamilton Centre.
This movie displays a young African-American man who grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood. This event is was organised in collaboration with the LGBT+ Officer.
This screening was important to us as it brought awareness to the things that BAME and LGBT+ people experience in life. This works towards the Student Success Project’s focus areas of awareness of the cultural backgrounds of our students in order to understand our student body to increase meaningful interactions between staff and students by inspiring a community sense of ‘belonging’.
Black Panther’s Real African History Presentation
The interactive audio-visual presentation on Black Panther's real African history took place on Tuesday the 22th of October 2019, from 05:00-08:00pm in LECT A, in the Lecture Centre.
This presentation discussed many topics and facts about the Black Panther Movie, comics and the Black Panther movement party. Featuring special guest from Black History Walks, Tony Warner who broke down the movie and presented how all these topics link together and connect with real African history. Over the course of the presentation photos, artwork, and movie trailers, as well as quotes and interviews from the director, actors and writers of the Movie were used.
For each fact revealed at least one book/DVD was used to illustrate the actual black history shown in the film. Local and international museums you can find the evidence in were also mentioned.
Some of the topics that were mentioned:
- African female soldiers ancient and modern
- Black female generals and Africa's real vibranium
- Black female inventors and their inventions
- The Black Panther Party in Brixton and Notting Hill
- 5 Ancient African writing systems that are NOT Egyptian hieroglyphs)
- Dress, design and architecture of West,East and South Africa
- African spiritual systems pre European invasion with real African Goddesses
- The real Wakanda and the IMF/World Bank
- Actual black history disguised in 1960's comics and 21st century movies
- African leaders that started real revolutions
We had private catering ready before and after the presentation for socialising and networking purposes.
The aim of this presentation was to use a film which is recent and popular, this event aims to educate Brunel students about African history in different light by linking it to a Marvel Comics movie.
To close our successful and amazing Black History Month campaign, which was organised in collaboration with The Union of Brunel Students. We held a talent showcase where students of African and Caribbean heritage performed various forms of art for an audience of 200 students and staff. The event was held in the Antonin Artaud building and was supported by Art@Brunel.
The Black Royalties showcase took place on Wednesday the 30th of October 2019, 6:30-9:00pm, in the Antonin Artaud building. The showcase was developed through the collaboration of the Union of Brunel Students, African Caribbean Society, Brunel West Indian Society, Brunel Nigerian Society, Brunel Ghanaian Society and Brunel Somali Society. Together, a collection of talented performers showcased ‘Black Excellence’ through singing, dancing, acting and spoken word.
The issue of mental health in relation to black men, colourism within the community and the breaking down of gender stereotypes are just a few examples of topics that were covered throughout performances. The events performers were made up of Brunel students and Alumni, as well as, up and coming young artists from around London.
For more information, please contact the Student Success Project Manager: Abigail.Elliott@brunel.ac.uk