11th October 2004

 

UNIVERSITY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 

Students from the Afro-Caribbean society at the University of Lincoln are to host a special event in celebration of Black History Month on Thursday (14th October).

 

Guest speakers including Lincoln City manager Keith Alexander, top sprinting coach Mike McFarlane MBE and BBC Lincolnshire journalist Jimoh Ayuba will be giving talks at the event.

 

The event, which was started in the United States by black historian Dr Carter G Woodson, has been recognised since 1926 as a celebration of the respectable documentation of black people in 20th-century history.

 

The annual event is being celebrated for the first time at the university, in collaboration with the Lincolnshire African and Caribbean Support Group.

 

“We are extremely honoured to have pivotal figures in the African and Caribbean community to guest speak at the event,” said Charlie Akiwunmi, Vice-President of the university’s Afro Caribbean Society.

 

“The event will blend modern African and Caribbean culture as well as giving an insight to the history of our cultures and countries, and it is another sign that the university is supporting greater cultural diversity in Lincoln” he added.

 

There will also be an opportunity to enjoy a traditional African Caribbean buffet, as well as to see and hear elements of poetry and dance that will be performed by members of the society.

 

The event also coincides with BBC 1Xtra’s celebrations, in which daily profiles are being broadcast of black cult figures from the world of sport, television and music.

 

The event will be held this Thursday in the university’s Alstom Atrium between 6pm and 9pm.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of age or ethnicity and more information call Riley Samuda on 07762842036.

 

 

For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk