Students Staff

2 November 2018

Celebrating Black History Month in Southend

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 1.01 pm

Andrea Lungay, our Students’ Union VP Southend, looks back at an action-packed Black History Month


‘October is probably my favourite month!

To me, it’s like the welcome of autumn (my favourite season) and the month dedicated to celebrating Black History in the UK. Naturally, I made sure that Black History Month was recognised as something of a celebration a bit like Christmas, but more political.

We kicked off the month with a thought provoking debate night – exploring the effects of drill music on the black community and discussing white privilege. We also welcomed the educational reggae artist Scratchylus who helped us “Reset our mind-sets” and think about the current problems we face in the world today.

We then went on to acknowledging and celebrating one of the most exciting events in Black British culture, the Notting Hill Carnival by making our own headdresses in the SU Lounge whilst listening to the sounds of famous Soca and Dancehall artists booming through the Lounge speakers!Towards the end of the month we explored music further with our Evolution of Black Music Open Mic night where we quizzed the student body on their knowledge of black British music. Congratulations to a team of East 15 and HSC students who won the challenge.

Our final event was one a bit closer to home (literally) – tea, cakes, rum and jerk wings with stories from my mum and Godfather. They opened up about their journey from the Caribbean and what it is like living in England having migrated in the Sixties.

Everyone was engaged and asked loads of questions and OF COURSE enjoyed the jerk wings, dumplings, plantains and rum punch!

Although we say goodbye to Black History Month, we now warmly welcome Diwali celebrations, our infamous Entrepreneurial Week and the introduction of our new SU Student Parliament during November so keep your eyes peeled!’

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