This month is primarily focused on highlighting the achievements and contributions of Black people in all aspects of life – from Science, History and Languages to Music, Film, Literature and the Arts. This is the third year the College has collectively put together a programme of exciting activities and events in celebration, where we can come together as a community and take each moment as a learning opportunity for families, friends and colleagues.
“Let truth destroy the dividing prejudice of nationality and teach universal love without distinction of race, merit or rank.” – Carter G. Woodson
This Year’s Activities
This year’s activities will run from Monday 10 October-Friday 21 October.
Art Displays in Houses & Around the College (Throughout the Month)
- We are most grateful once again to Head of Art, Mr Arvanitis, for curating another display which celebrates artists who have centred their practice around issues of race, ranging from social inequality and injustice to celebration and optimism. These are on display in each of the Houses, please do take a moment to view these pieces and read the background information which sits alongside each.
Black History Month Extravaganza (Tuesday 11 October)
- Black History Month Extravaganza: celebrating black artists, songwriters, composers and poets. In aid of the charity Stop the Hate UK
- Tuesday 11 October in Big School at 6.30pm.
International Cuisine: Come and Taste Week (17-21 October)
- Jamaica, Nigeria, USA, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, Morocco and Afghanistan are some of the countries whose delicacies will be available in the Dining Hall through the week of 17 October. Menu designed by Mr Andrew Trowell, Epsom’s Head Chef.
Chapel Service with Pastor Kevin Boakye (Wednesday 19 October)
- Canon Andrew Haviland will be hosting Pastor Kevin Boakye from Next Generation Church, London, for the service in Chapel on Wednesday 19 October.
Film Night (Friday 21 October)
- Hidden Figures, a 2016 American biographical drama, tells the story of a team of female African American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
- The film will be played in Big School.