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NUS Black History Month Guide 2013

NUS Black History Month Guide 2013

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Published by Aaron Kiely
NUS Black History Month Guide 2013 with information on leading Black activists, ideas to mark the month on your campus, links to helpful organisations as well as a guest editorial from Diane Abbott MP.
NUS Black History Month Guide 2013 with information on leading Black activists, ideas to mark the month on your campus, links to helpful organisations as well as a guest editorial from Diane Abbott MP.

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Contents
 page 1
Introduction
page 2-3
Guest Editorial: Celebrating 25 Years of Black MPs
page 4
Frequently Asked Questions
page 5-6
Ideas to Celebrate Black History Month
page 7-8
Celebrating Our Diverse Histories
page 9
Previous Black History Month Events
page 10-11
Leading Black Activists
page 12-15
Model Article for your Students‟ Union Paper 
 page 16
Black History Month Links
page 17
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National Union of Students (UK) NUS HQ, Macadam House, 275 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8QB .www.nusconnect.org.uk/black© Aaron Kiely 2013 National Union of Students UK, NUS HQ, Macadam House, 275 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8QB.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the contents of the guide are accurate, changes may occur which dates some of theinformation, in addition to the possibility of human error. The contents may not reflect the policy of NUS or the NUS Black Stud
ents‘
Campaign. No part of this publication may be reproduced without express permission of the editors.
The term „Black‟ is used as a positive, political definition borne out the struggle for 
 justice and equality. Whilst we acknowledge the diversity within and betweenAfrican, Arab, Asian and Caribbean communities, we also recognise that all Blackcommunities are united by our common experience of under-representation,racism and discrimination.
Editor:
 Aaron Kiely
 Assistant Editor:
Malia Bouattia
 Front Cover Image:
©Jeff Searle, Mulberry Design.
 Acknowledgements:
Diane Abbott MP, Stella Fasusi, Sacha Hassan, Abdi Mohamed, Minda Burgos-Lukes, University 
of Lincoln Students’ Union, Kent Union, University of Sussex Students’ Union, University of West England Students’ 
CONTENTS
 
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.
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