Black History Month

Celebrating 30 Years 

It’s often very easy to think of an American-centric view on black history; it evokes pictures of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr, marching for civil rights or fighting for freedom. Because of this we often forget the rich history of people of African and Caribbean descent here in the UK.

Hence every October, schools and institutions nationwide observe Black History month – a celebration of the shared history of black people of all backgrounds and walks of life. As this year (2017) marks the 30th anniversary of its implementation in the UK, here at Imperial, we’ve got a number of events lined up to mark the occasion.


What's On

Tuesday 10 October - A Talk and Q&A with Akala, tickets available here.

Thursday 19 October - The Hidden History of Africa before the Slave Trade, sign up here.

Saturday 21 October - Dance Workshop, sign up here

Wednesday 25 October - The Great Debate, sign up here.

Saturday 28 October - CHOP CHOP, an African & Caribbean Buffet with live performances and acts. Find out more here.


Black History Month Menu

Every Wednesday throughout October, both the Senior Common Room (SCR) and the Queen’s Tower Room (QTR) will be serving dishes inspired by African and Caribbean cuisine – make sure you try it out!


Spotlight Session: Trevor Phillips

Each week, we’ll be spotlighting notable black Imperial alumni who’ve gone on to achieve success within their respective fields. This week we’ve selected Trevor Phillips OBE, former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Whilst gaining his BSc in Chemistry here at Imperial, Phillips got involved in student politics – he was President of the Union (1974-5), following which he continued into the National Union of Students (NUS) where he became its first black President in 1977. His career in broadcasting has seen him heading Current Affairs at London Weekend Television to setting up his own production company, Pepper Productions. With a number of newspaper articles to his name, he is also a published author. Over the course of his career, he has remained focused on liberation work – currently, he is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Equality Standard, an initiative developed to facilitate equality, diversity and inclusion in British companies.

Anything Else?

Interested in seeing more? Check out for lots of great events across London; a number of which are free!