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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.


Scotland, Global Solidarity and Mandela exhibition

Saturday 8 October - Friday 16 December 2022, 9:30-19:00 Monday - Friday, 11:00-16:00 Saturdays.
Tower Foyer Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee

This exhibition tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s relationship to Scotland and the role played by the Scottish people in the global struggle to end apartheid. The exhibition also documents Dundee’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle and the campaign to secure Mandela’s release from prison.

In Britain, opposition to the apartheid system in South Africa was led by the AAM. The Scottish Committee of the AAM was formed at a meeting held at the University of Dundee in 1976, and across the city there were regular rallies, pickets and boycotts opposing the apartheid state and its links to Britain. In 1985, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dundee, a powerful demonstration of Dundonians’ solidarity with Mandela and the people of South Africa.

This event is being held as part of Black History Month Scotland.

Booking not necessary. The exhibition will be free.

George Square Statues Walking Tour (Glasgow)

Saturday 1 October 2022
George Square, Glasgow

Glasgow’s George Square was laid out in 1781 and the statues, erected between 1819 and 1902, are designed to celebrate scientists, writers, military figures, politicians and royals. But these sculptures largely tell a sanitised story of city, national and imperial development.

The University of Dundee's Dr. Michael Morris led a walk and talk that highlighted a more difficult context and to provide a counter-narrative to this cleaned up history. He used the statues to reveal a hidden history of Scotland’s complicated involvement in slavery and abolition associated with every one of the statues on display.

This event was held as part of Black History Month Scotland.

Prof Sir Geoff Palmer - Addressing Scotland’s links to slavery and the legacy of empire

Wednesday 5 October, 18:00-19:00
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

In October 2022, the University of Dundee hosted Prof Sir Geoff Palmer, who became the first black professor in Scotland in 1989. Sir Geoff was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours and is the Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.

Sir Geoff is a prominent human rights activist and is involved in a considerable amount of charity work in the community. He recently chaired the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review, whose ten recommendations were accepted by Edinburgh City Council in August. The recommendations will lead to a public apology issued to those who suffered through the city’s involvement in slavery and colonialism, alongside other measures. In recognition of his ground-breaking contributions to academia, and his indefatigable defence of human rights in Edinburgh and beyond, Sir Geoff will receive the 2022 Edinburgh Award.

In this talk, Sir Geoff discussed his human-rights work and how Scotland can face up to and address its historical links to slavery and colonialism.

This event was part of a wider series of cultural events across the city in support of the University of Dundee's Bronze Race Equality Chartermark.

School of Medicine - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Stall

Wednesday 5 and 26 October

Blue Carpet Area, School of Medicine

Members of the School ED&I, Race and Athena Swan Working Groups hosted two drop-in sessions at the School of Medicine to discuss on-going School ED&I activities including our work to support the BMA Race Charter and Race Equality Charter.

Woven Together – Dundee’s Slavery Connections

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 18.30-20.00 BST
University of Dundee

Hosted by the Abertay Historical Society in collaboration with University of Dundee Museums and Dundee City Council.

Woven Together Dundee is a community-based research project exploring Black and ethnic minority history in Dundee. For this special live event, some of the project volunteers discussed the stories they have uncovered about the city’s links to slavery. 

This event was held as part of Black History Month Scotland.

View a recording of this event on YouTube.

Breaking the Chains – a Walking Tour exploring Dundee’s Links to Slavery

Thursday 13 and Wednesday 19 October 2022

These walking tours marked the launch of a new illustrated map highlighting sites in Dundee associated with transatlantic and American slavery. Join Local History librarian Erin Farley and University of Dundee museum curator Matthew Jarron on a guided tour of the city centre. Find out how slavery was central to much of Dundee’s economy and visit sites where previously enslaved people came to speak publicly about their experiences.

This event is a collaboration between University of Dundee Museums and Leisure & Culture Dundee in association with the Woven Together Dundee.

This event was held as part of Black History Month Scotland.

Download a copy of the walking tour map here.

In Conversation With... Andrew and Cedric: Medicines Without Frontiers?

Thursday 13 October 2022
University of Dundee

Research into new medicines has historically happened in the global north. This is true even for diseases found elsewhere in the world. This includes the World Health Organisation’s so-called ‘Neglected Tropical Diseases’. In our previous events, we have met scientists from places like the University of Dundee, and Switzerland-based Medicines for Malaria Venture. But what is it like for scientists working in low- and middle-income countries?

At the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, we want to be a part of a cultural change. Our training programme is designed to empower early-career researchers from around the world. We aim to give them the skills to build their own research capacity locally. We bring these talented scientists to Dundee for up to a year, then support their further development at home.

At this In Conversation With…, we introduced you to two talented scientists. Andrew Mtewa is based at the Malawi University of Science and Technology, and Cedric Graebin is from Brazil. They are both medicinal chemists. Both also have vast experience in working in teams and institutions where resources are much more limited than those of us in the UK might be used to.

These experts discuss the challenges of working in new medicine research around the world. We also found out how they adapt their practices to utilise the resources they have access to.

Dundee, the Anti-Apartheid Struggle and Mandela

Wednesday 19 October 2022
University of Dundee 

To accompany the exhibition ‘Scotland, Global Solidarity and Mandela’ in the Tower Foyer Gallery, this free public talk by Dr Matt Graham, Senior Lecturer in History, explored Dundee’s important role in the Scottish anti-apartheid movement and the events leading to Nelson Mandela being awarded Freedom of the City in 1985.

This event was held as part of Black History Month Scotland.

View a recording of this event on YouTube.

Marcia Reid Fotheringham - It’s Black History Month, So What?

Tuesday 25 October 2022
University of Dundee

Marcia Reid Fotheringham JP, DL, was born in London and moved to the USA as a child, where she was raised and educated. In 1997 Marcia moved to Cumbria, where she worked as an NHS psychologist and family therapist for 10 years. And in 2001, Marcia became a Justice of the Peace. As a magistrate, Marcia sat in the Adult Courts (crime) and Family Court Panels.

Marcia is a strong advocate of racial equity and equality principles and is the Co-chair of the Cumbria Race Equality Network.

In this talk Marcia covered the importance of Black History Month, the importance of equity, and shared her experiences of being a black woman who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. This event was chaired by Ash Mutembwa, President of Dundee University Students' Association.

This event is part of a wider series of cultural events across the city in support of the University of Dundee's Bronze Race Equality Chartermark. 


The Bronze Race Equality chartermark logo.

School of Medicine - Coffee Morning and Networking Event

Wednesday 26 October

School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine ran this event with staff and students to chat informally to members of the University and NHS BAME staff networks.

Show Racism the Red Card Football match

Thursday 27 October

To celebrate Black History Month 2022 and promote Show Racism the Red Card, DUSA and the University of Dundee hosted the return of the annual football match between staff vs students.

For the first time the staff team won this annual match, 8-3 (1-2).


DUSA Black History Month quiz and open mic night

Friday 28 October
Air Bar, Dundee University Students' Union, Airlie Place

In celebration of Black History Month, DUSA hosted a BHM Quiz in Air bar from 7pm. 

All proceeds from the quiz participation went to charity.

Walter and Angeline Kamba

Watch on-demand throughout October.

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.

View the video.

Revisiting Black History Month 2020

Watch on-demand throughout October.

Watch the recordings of events and talks that the University hosted during Black History Month last year.

We celebrated Black History Month at the University of Dundee throughout October 2020, with a programme of events aimed to educate ourselves and reflect on the contributions, achievements, and experiences of BME people among our staff, students, and the wider community. 

View the recordings here.

Reading List and Resources

Available online throughout October.
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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. The Main Library Foyer will host a display of material from the Black Lives Matter reading list throughout Black History Month.

Images via LibraryThing For Libraries.