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Black History Month Unfiltered


Panel Discussions


This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Please note all attendees will need a Zoom account to access the webinar. A free account can be set up when registering for the event.

City Network for Racial Justice (NRJ) presents Black History Month Unfiltered, in collaboration with City, University of London, School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) and Sociology Working Group on Racial Justice.

Battle of Lewisham public artwork, Goldsmiths College, New Cross. A permanent public artwork unveiled in 2019 commemorating the Battle of Lewisham. The mural was created through a collaboration between local community groups and graphic designer Ted Low, a Goldsmiths graduate, and is formed from a collage of images by five photographers who captured the events of 13 August 1977.Since the 1970s (US) and 1980s (Europe), Black History Month has become an annual celebration of achievements of Black people and a recognition of the central role played by Black people in the history of western societies. Since its inception – and while embedded in different times and places (February in USA and Canada; and October in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands) – this annual observance has sparked both celebratory acclaims and critical concerns.

This panel explores the genealogy of this celebration, and interrogates its relevance in a persisting context of systematic racism and structural inequalities. Conceived as a conversation between different generations of Black activists, it questions the current meaning and value – at both personal and institutional level – of this month-long celebration.


Kelly Foster,
London Blue Badge Guide, Public Historian, Founding member of TRANSMISSION, a collective of archivists and historians of African descent

Nathan Richards, Digital historian, academic researcher, videographer, filmmaker, and journalist

Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen, City, SASS Associate Dean People & Culture


Dr Louisa Egbunike,
Associate Professor in African/Caribbean Literature


Dr Jenny Mbaye, Co-Chair City NRJ

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When and where

5.00pm - 7.00pmMonday 12th October 2020