Black history month portrait

Lancaster University Library celebrates Black History Month

October is Black History Month, and staff and student groups from across the University have partnered with the Library to put on a number of events and activities throughout October to celebrate and recognise Black History Month, in addition to showcasing some of the fascinating collections available at Lancaster University Library. 

You can discover and access many of these Library resources through the Black History Month Guide. Recently acquired collections include Black Drama and Black Thought & Culture, with AM Explorer including primary source collections such as Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, Race Relations in America & American Indian Histories and Culture to name but a few.

This year’s BHM theme

The theme for this year’s Black History Month is ‘Time for change: Action not words’ and the Library team in partnership with colleagues in Why Is My Curriculum White?, Decolonising Lancaster, Lancaster Black History Group, the University Archivist and colleagues from the Race Equality Charter and EDI team have coordinated a series of events, not only to celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of Black people around the world but to drive for continued action to tackle racism, reclaim Black history and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round. We encourage you to take action by attending one of our events below, or through delving in to one of the books or online resources available through our BHM Reading List.

Events include:

Glocal Perspectives: Library Collection and Lancaster History Tour (10th October 12 – 2 p.m.)

Decolonising Higher Education. What’s in it for us? What do we have to lose? (12th October 2 – 3.30 p.m.)

Small Axe ‘Education’ Black History Month film screening and discussion (13th October 5 - 6 p.m.)

‘The meaning and matter of Blackness’ talk & discussion (20th October 6 – 7 p.m.)

Wear Red Day – Show Racism the Red Card (21st October - throughout the day)

Black History Month ‘Big Library Read’ via the Libby app with book giveaway (21st October onwards)

‘Facing our past, transforming our future: reframing Lancaster’s history’ (27th October 6-7.15 p.m.)

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Image credit Lela Harris (link to

Black history month artwork

Photograph: Lela Harris