Black History Month 2022

The University of Dundee celebrated UK Black History Month throughout October 2022.

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The University of Dundee celebrated UK Black History Month throughout October 2022. We hosted a programme of events aimed to educate ourselves and reflect on the contributions, achievements and experiences of black people among our staff, students and wider community. This provided us with opportunities to promote dialogue around equality, diversity and inclusion.

The University condemns racism and discrimination in all its forms. We are committed to an inclusive learning, research and working environment, to strong support for all of our staff and students, and to a fairer and more equitable society for all. In line with this commitment, the University will continue to identify and challenge institutional racism in all that we do.

The University recognises that we have much to do in tackling racial inequalities. The University received a Bronze Race Equality Chartermark. Through our commitment to the externally accredited Race Equality Charter, we aim to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. Supporting Black History Month across the University is one of the ways we will learn from the lived experiences of our black community.

Walter and Angeline Kamba

Dr Kenneth Baxter from the University's Archive Services takes a brief look in this video at the lives and work of two of the University's most distinguished figures from a BAME background, Walter and Angeline Kamba.

Living in exile after the imposition of minority white rule, in what was then known as Southern Rhodesia, the Kambas came to Dundee in 1969.

Walter took up a lectureship in the Law Faculty and Angeline joining the library team. During his time at Dundee, Walter rose to be Dean of Law, at the same time as playing a key role in the setting up of the modern Zimbabwe. Returning to their homeland in 1980, both played important roles in its life as well as carrying out work on the international stage.

Reading List and Resources

Following the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, activists have encouraged us all to educate ourselves. Black history, and anti-racist struggles are amongst the key issues raised by the protests. It is not enough to be non-racist; we have to be actively anti-racist.

The Library and Learning Centre present a collated list of resources (A University of Dundee is required for access). The Main Library Foyer will host a display of material from the Black Lives Matter reading list throughout Black History Month.

Previous years

See how we celebrated Black History Month in 2021 and 2020.