Proud to be emerging stronger

By Student Presidents Damilola Adesanya, Laila Obiagwu, and Jordan Moore - 01 October 2021

For more than 30 years, Black History Month (BHM) has been observed annually in the UK, and it continues to be a celebration of cultural diversity, and the importance of equality and unity. It's also a reminder that, although we have come a long way, there is still a lot to do, to ensuring that individuals of all nationalities and ethnicity are treated equally.

BHM is an opportunity to recognise the importance of our resistance against racism and discrimination, as well as the creation of a fairer, more equitable society in which everyone, regardless of skin colour, can flourish and thrive. BHM also gives us an opportunity to recognise the many contributions of black, indigenous, and other people of colour (BIPOC) to our society – achievements which are all too often overlooked. 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter events of 2020, the theme for BHM 2021 is ‘Proud To Be’, which aims to celebrate and inspire pride in the heritage and cultural diversity of people of colour. We all deserve the right to be ‘Proud to Be’ everything that we are and everything that we want to be in life. 

The theme of RGU’s 2021 BHM activities focuses on ‘Proud to Be Emerging Stronger’ and we hope this allows our community to celebrate progress made at RGU, while recognising the difficulties of the past 18 months, and the importance of partnership and support. 

We are proud of the progress RGU continues to make in celebrating the rich diversity of our student body. By working directly with the Students’ Union and student community, the University has focused on the themes of equality, tolerance and respect, and has prioritised creating an enabling environment for BIPOC students, further enriching the experience of all students at RGU. 

BHM is more than an annual celebration, it is a movement that recognises, shapes and redefines the contributions and immense value that people of African and Caribbean descent contribute to society. 

As your Student Presidents, we proudly support celebrating cultural diversity and we would like to encourage everyone to engage with our Black Liberation Network, as well as get involved in the many activities and celebrations taking place throughout the month of October. 

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