October marks Black History Month, anincredible opportunity for us tocommemorate the history of Blackcommunities and celebrate the immensecontribution that people of African, Arab,Asian and Caribbean heritage make tohumanity.
We are proud as a Campaign to be joining organisationsacross the country in celebrating Black History Month and
it is great to see more and more Students‘ Unions
organising political and social events throughout October -a clear sign that the student movement recognises thestrength of our diversity.This year marks the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther
King‘s ―I have a dream...‖ speech that was made during
the march on Washington protest on 28 August 1963. Dr.
King‘s famous words:
“I have a dream that my four little
children will one day live in a nation where they willnot be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character”
continue to inspire ageneration just as they did five decades ago.Martin Luther King is rightly recognised as one of theleading figures of Black history across the world, and thequestion that many have asked is; what would he make of
today‘s society? What would he say if he made a speech
today at a rally in Washington in the United States or even outside Downing Street in Britain?What would Dr. King have to say about the fact that Blackpeople are seven times more likely to be stopped by thepolice than white people? What would he say about one intwo young Black people in Britain being unemployed? Howwould he address the targeting of the Muslim communityby the far-
right? When Trayvon Martin‘s killer was set freeby the US ‗justice‘ system –
what would Martin Luther Kinghave said? All of these questions are stark reminders of the need tocontinue the struggle for justice so that we can live in
world where Dr. King‘s dream of a society without racism
and oppression is realised.The reality of being Black in Britain is tough. We arefighting an austerity offensive, with massive cuts to thepublic sector, one in two young Black people unemployed,the loss of Education Maintenance Allowance, and thetrebling of tuition fees. Along with this we are seeing theracist scapegoating of migrants, asylum seekers and Blackcommunities. We must unite to challenge austerity and thevicious racism that accompanies it and ultimately stand upto defend all of our Black students.There must be maximum unity of all students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage and we hope that it isin that spirit that you will campaign hard throughout theyear on the issues that are of great importance to Blackcommunities on your campus, community andinternationally. Black communities make up the vastmajority of humanity and united we are stronger.That is why it is important that we build the strongestpossible movement of Black students to fight injustice and
struggle for liberation, whether that‘s freedom to practice
our religion, go about our lives free from policeharassment, have our work marked by our words and notour heritage or be treated with decency and respect.
The NUS Black Students‘ Campaign has a rich history of
leading the student movement on key issues and Blackstudents like you have been absolutely crucial to makingsure that our issues are put on the agenda.