University of Exeter: David Olusoga joins ‘incredible’ Black History Month programme at the University of Exeter Business School

The British-Nigerian historian, a Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, is a prominent cultural commentator, Guardian columnist, and award-winning author and documentary maker.

His BBC documentary series A House through Time and the BAFTA-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners have helped Professor Olusoga become one of the UK’s best-known TV historians, while he has also found acclaim as the author of titles including Black and British: A Forgotten History.

Professor Olusoga’s talk, on Wednesday 6 October at 9.30am, is entitled “Black British Contributions” and will focus on what it means to be Black and British in a contemporary context, looking at the challenges faced and the contributions the Black community has made to the fabric of British society.

This event will be co-hosted by Oli Young, Chief Diversity Officer for the Business School and Anastasia-Eziche, President of the Exeter and Falmouth African Caribbean Society.
It marks the start of Black History Month at the University of Exeter Business School, which will feature a series of events followed by Q&As with leading Black historians and cultural figures.

The programme continues on Wednesday 13 October at 1pm with a presentation by Dr Angelina Osborne, an independent researcher and writer who co-authored the landmark book 100 Great Black Britons.

In “Putting the Black into British History: New Perspectives”, Dr Osborne will explore the African and Caribbean presence in the history of the UK from the Roman era to the present, with a focus on the South West of England.

Describing the presentation, Dr Osborne explains: “People of African heritage have played a significant role in Britain’s history long before the Windrush docked in Tilbury in 1948, and yet when people talk about British history, they often neglect this important fact. Similarly, when people talk about Black history, they neglect Britain.”

Then on Wednesday 20 October at 1pm, Dr Muna Abdi will be looking at why it is important to create inclusive culture and inclusive language in a session entitled “From Allyship to Solidarity: moving towards an Inclusive Culture and Language”.

Dr Abdi, who has over 10 years’ experience in education, research and community engagement and is the Founder and Director of MA Education Consultancy CIC, will talk about the concepts of privilege and allyship and why there is a need to move beyond this towards solidarity.

The programme will culminate on Wednesday 27 October at 1pm with a talk by Katie Donovan-Adekanmbi, an Inclusion and Cohesion Specialist whose work focuses on embedding the values of Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality into businesses through a bespoke learning and development programme.

Black History Month at the Business School will also see the Exeter and Falmouth African Caribbean Society stage a social media ‘takeover’, with students set to lead Q&As and post their own content on the Business School’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as weekly profiles of society members throughout the month.

Oli Young, Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Exeter Business School and curator of its Black History Month programme, said: “This year the Business School’s Black History Month programme will be its strongest to date with an incredible line-up of expert speakers, each of whom possesses a unique gift for reclaiming the narrative of Black history and relating it to who we are in British society today.

“I am also delighted to give Black History Month a student-focus through the involvement of the African Caribbean Society and look forward to their contribution throughout the 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 community we are and continue to build.”