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For UNISON, Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate achievements of Black people throughout history.

Black History and Black British History in particular, is often marginalised.

So Black History Month is a key time to acknowledge achievements and provide an opportunity to discuss wider issues affecting the Black community.

UNISON’s support for Black History Month

UNISON has long campaigned and is proud to support Black History Month. But our commitment to inclusion and equality lasts a lot longer than four weeks each year. It goes deep into the heart of our union and helps to explain why we are the UK’s leading public service union.

Please see link to register for UNISON National Black History Month event taking place on Friday 19th October, please register TODAY – as places are limited to 4 per person (If you are unable to attend and purchase a ticket we would appreciate it if you could return it as soon as possible to enable other people to take up the vacant places.

https://www.unison.org.uk/events/unison-celebrates-black-trade-unionism-history-impact-music/

A round up of local events you might be interested in

Some great events on at the Uni for Black History Month:

Monday 1 October, 19:00-20:30 – Film: Joe Bullet (1973)
Louis de Witt’s South African Blaxploitation crime film which was one of the first films in the country to feature an all-black cast, was then banned by the apartheid government, and not seen again for over 40 years.

Monday 8 October, 19:00-20:00 – Talk: Making waves: Black Artists & Black Art in Britain from 1963-1982
Dr Elizabeth Robles, Researcher and Teacher in History of Art at the University of Bristol, will uncover a crucial period in the fractured and unfinished history of black artists in Britain and British art between 1963-1982.

Monday 22 October, 19:00-19:30 – Film: 1745 (2017)
1745 highlights a forgotten part of Scotland’s history, when two young black slaves escape into the wilds of 18th-century Scotland

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/black-history-month-1-31-october

From TUC South West celebrate Black History Month at Plymouth Guildhall and discuss the the landscape of race relations in Britain, today and in the past. Guest Speakers include UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie . 

The evening will also commemorate the day when African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos made the Black Salute in protest during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Free but you need to book. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-power-and-british-race-relations-tickets-49848311642

And then the following month there is this national demonstration that the Plymouth Trade Union Council will organise transport to

https://www.facebook.com/events/447241469131092/