Black History Month at Oxford

Black History Month has been celebrated across the UK every October for over 30 years, each year growing from strength to strength. Black History Month is a time when we celebrate the achievements of the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and shed light on the often hidden history and heritage of these communities. It is a time for people of all backgrounds to share in an exciting aspect of the UK’s diverse and evolving cultures.

A few portraits of exceptional BME individuals that hang on the walls of the University of Oxford, to see more visit our Diversifying Portraiture project. 

2016 Black History Month lecture with Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE

Black History Month 2016 with Baroness Lawrence

'Schools for Everyone'
Date: 20 October 2016
Time: Refreshments at 5pm, lecture 5:30 - 7pm
Venue: The Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College
All are welcome but booking is essential:

This annual lecture is organised by the University's Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network, supported by the Equality and Diversity Unit.

Events throughout October

 Between the World and Me. Sunday, 16 October, 5pm-7pm, Oriel College

A discussion on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning book “Between the World and Me”, an open letter from an African American father to his teenage son about the realities and dangers of living in an African skin and facing racism in the United States today. This theme is considered from an English perspective. In collaboration with students from Oriel & Linacre.


Black History Month Roundtable.  Monday, 17 October, 12-1pm. Faculty of History.

A discussion on the Value of Black History Month and Multiculturalism.

RAI Book Launch. Monday, 17 October, 4pm-6pm
The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha.
Oxford ACS present BHM Film Screening. MT Week 3
Otonomi: Black History Month Showcase.
Race and the Curriculum Lecture Series. Wednesday, 2 November, 5:30pm.
Redefining America, Confronting the Legacy of Slavery and Injustice. Prof Ruth J. Simmons