Race Council Cymru (RCC) have been awarded funding from the Arts Council for Wales to run their BHM:365 Project which extends the celebrations and lessons of Black History Month across the year, whilst offering skills and arts development programmes to participants.
A portion of this funding has been allocated to Ceredigion, based in Aberystwyth, to fund a series of events centred around Black speakers, panels, entertainment and catering, starting with a launch this Thursday 10/10.
Our BAME Students’ Officer this year, Anil Campbell, is keen to include students from all backgrounds in the project:
“The very first time I was racially abused was in Aberystwyth towards the end of my first year. The hatred was a true display of ignorance and the only way we can move forward is to educate. Black History Month is vital; to celebrate history, encourage support and to educate the ignorant. Maya Angelou once said. “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength” Our planned events will regularly embrace the rich culture of the university student body and the wider community in an inclusive way. Let’s embrace our beauty and strength!”
Where we've come from
In April 2018, AberSU BAME Officer in post Ammaara Nalban met with VC Professor Elizabeth Treasure and BME Staff Network lead Dr Rattan Yadav to discuss:
· The BME community in Aberystwyth and the issues they face
· BME Reverse Mentoring
· Race Training
· A staff survey about fairness in AU
· Decolonisation of the Curriculum through existing review processes
· The black attainment gap in AU
In October 2018, with thanks to sponsorship from the AberFund, AberSU partnered with RCC to host a Black History Month Event featuring a mix of speakers, entertainers and food offerings. The event attracted around 80 people from across Ceredigion, and reviews were incredibly positive.
About Race Council Cymru and the BHM:365 Project
This year’s RCC partnership has grown to include Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and the SU is currently seeking additional funding to support the full series of activities under the BHM:365 project, beginning with a launch event on 10/10.
Race Council Cymru (RCC) was established in 2010 as an overarching umbrella body with the mission to bring together key organisations within Wales to cooperate on promoting integration, championing justice and race equality in institutions and society.
Now in its 12th Anniversary, Black History Month Wales hosts celebrations around the country in October 2019 whilst BHM:365 provides a series of opportunities throughout the year for our grassroots communities and organisations; to develop a diverse programme of Arts & Creative practice in Wales, to build ongoing partnership programmes to increase engagement, teach skills and development diversity in Artistic practice.
The theme for 2019 is Movers Shakers And Legacy Makers, celebrating both historic and present day people making dynamic change for better futures.
The ultimate goal is to see meaningful activities happening all year round, 365 days of the year.
Free and Open to all
1pm - 5pm:
Welcome to Black History Month!
Designed to allow anyone to come and go, visit our mini-fair with information about Race Council Cymru and their Welsh projects, Hate Crime Awareness as well as student led activities throughout the year.
6PM - 7.30PM: BHM:365 Launch
- Welcome - Uzo Iwobi OBE, Black History Wales
- Solo - N Famady Kouyate
- Speakers - Paolo Piana (Carmarthenshire RCC Lead) & Anil Campbell (BAME Students' Officer)
- Solo - Eady Crawford
- Speaker - Police and Crime Commissioner Dyfed Powys representative
- Final Set - Calypso Trio
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