UCLan to host public Black History Month events

Posted on - 13th October, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, History, Preston News, Preston North End, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Black History Month events at UCLan.

The University of Central Lancashire is hosting several free community events throughout October for Black History Month.


The public is invited to a range of events including film screenings, talks and a book launch.

On Monday 17 October there will be a screening of Hidden Figures in UCLan’s Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema.

The film is an award-winning American biographical drama that highlights the great achievements of women of colour in science and technology as it tells the story of a group of African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race.

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On Wednesday 19 October, the University will host the launch event for the new edition of Gretchen Gerzina’s Black England book. The Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s lunchtime lecture will introduce the new edition of her classic text Black England, which has just been published.

She will introduce characters from the historical text and answer questions about the book’s importance in this new era of Black Lives Matter. The event, organised by UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research in conjunction with the UCLan Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile, runs from 1pm to 2.30pm in Foster Lecture Theatre 2.

Taking place at Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium, an inspiring workshop will feature former professional football players and role models. Organised by UCLan Sport in partnership with the Football Association and PNE, the main speaker will be Tony Whelan, former player and Assistant Academy Director at Manchester Utd.

Also speaking at the free event on 19 October at 6.30pm will be ex-Manchester United and Watford striker Danny Webber and local coaches who turned their lives around through football.

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Other online events, featuring the amazing health initiatives realised by remarkable ethnically minoritised health experts, are taking place online. Details on those and how to get your free tickets for the events can be found on UCLan’s Black History Month webpage.

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