Black History Month 2020

Celebrate Black History Month with LSE EmbRace

In collaboration with LSE, EDI and the SU, we are pleased to celebrate Black History Month 2020! This year, LSE acknowledges the importance of Black History Month (BHM) and its purpose of celebrating the Black figures in history that helped to shape not only the Black community, but the entire world.

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Chadwick Boseman

With the passing of Chadwick Boseman, a hero both on and off screen, LSE selected the Black History Month theme of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” in memoriam, inspired by Boseman’s acceptance speech at the SAG Awards in 2019.

This theme is chosen with the intention of continuing the discussions around representation that the film prompted, and to celebrate the young at heart who created change for Black people and the world. While looking deeply at our history, whether it be the young Black people who came on the Windrush, or the young Black people pushing the Black Lives Matter movement forward, we commend those Black people who have used their gifts to build a better future for us all. 

What's on this Black History Month

BAME Self Care Workshops - 7, 14, 21, 28 October 2020

Led by Sandra Hutton (Well-Being Life Coach), this two-part online workshop is designed to help you use self-care techniques and strategies to improve the quality of your personal and working lives. 

Please make sure that you can attend both sessions.
Both workshops are the same so please do not book more than one space.

Navigating Identity: Black & Queer at LSE - 8 October 2020

This event, on Thursday 8 October at 4pm-5:30pm, is co-hosted by LSE Spectrum (LSE’s LGBTQ+ staff network) and LSE EmbRace (LSE’s BAME staff network) and will gather together Black & Queer members of the LSE community to have a frank conversation around the realities of navigating these identities and how to move forward as a community in a way that empowers Black & Queer people.

Register here.

Intersectionality and the Impact of Protests: From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter - 13 October 2020

Join us in a joint event with LSE EmbRace, Imperial as One and LSE Spectrum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK Gay Liberation Front (GLF) that had its first meeting on LSE's campus in October 1970. The GLF was formed as an international activist movement for the liberation of LGBT people after the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969.

The event will look back at its founding and early history and examine what progress has been made since and what learnings we can apply to the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces today.

For more details and to register, click here.

Black History Month Coffee Break - 15 October 2020

This is an opportunity for members to engage with the LSE EmbRace community, this time with the addition of a Black History Month quiz!

Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to receive further details about the monthly coffee breaks.

Borderline (1930): Film and Discussion - 21 October 2020

Watch the film, then join Clive Nwonka, Fellow in Film Studies in the Department of Sociology, and Daniel Luther, Teaching Fellow in Gender, Film and Media, for a discussion on race, gender and Eslanda Robeson’s wider activism.

For further details and to register, click here.

100 Great Black Britons - 23 October 2020

Join us on Friday 23 October at 1-2pm for this event with Angelina Osborne and Patrick Vernon, the authors of 100 Great Black Britons, to celebrate the publication of their new book. 

Visit the Event page for more information. Registration for the event will open after 10am on 9 October.

In Conversation With Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu - 27 October 2020

To celebrate Black History Month, join us for this conversation between LSE alumna Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and LSE Director Minouche Shafik.

For more details about this event, please visit this webpage. Registration will open after 10am on Tuesday 13 October.

LSE Chill & EmbRace - 30 October 2020

EmbRace takes over LSE Chill for a Black History Month special! 

Are you a poet, comedian or budding musician? We are looking for performers from the LSE community who would like to participate. For more information and to get involved, please email EmbRace committee member Adeola Akande Pierre-Noël at


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Join us today at 1pm with @ppvernon & @angburger27 to celebrate the publication of their new book, 100 Great Black……

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