Television historian David Olusoga will kick off the University of Exeter Business School’s program of events for Black History Month, which begins today (October 1st).

Mr Olusoga, who lives in Bristol, is known for hosting fact series and documentaries, including the BBC series A House Through Time and Black and British: A Forgotten History.

The co-founder of production company Uplands Television will be giving a talk entitled ‘Black British Contributions’ on Wednesday (October 6th) at the South West Institution, which will focus on what it means to be black and British today and to deal with address the challenges the black community has faced and the contributions it has made to British society.

The event kicks off a series of free online lectures by prominent black historians and cultural professionals from the business school, co-hosted by the university’s African and Caribbean Society.

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Dr. Angelina Osborne, an independent researcher and co-author of the book 100 Great Black Britons, will examine the African and Caribbean presence in southwest England and the wider United Kingdom from Roman times to the present on October 13th.

Dr. Osborne said: “People of African descent played an important role in British history long before the Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948, and yet they often neglect this important fact when people talk about British history. Similarly, people neglect Britain when they talk about black history. “

The program ends on October 27th with a presentation by Katie Donovan-Adekanmbi, an inclusion and cohesion specialist whose work focuses on anchoring the values ​​of diversity and equality in companies.

Students from the university’s African and Caribbean Society will lead Q&A and post their own content on the business school’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, including weekly profiles of society members.

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Oli Young, Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Exeter Business School and curator of the Black History Month program, said, “This year our Black History Month program will be the strongest yet, with an incredible range of expert speakers, each and every one of them who has a unique gift for reclaiming black history and relating it to who we are in British society today.

“I’m also excited to be giving Black History Month a student focus through the involvement of the African and Caribbean Society, and look forward to your contribution later this month.

“Here at the University of Exeter Business School, we are committed to a truly embedded inclusive culture that runs through everything we do and represents the diverse communities we are and continue to build.”

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