GCU celebrates Black History Month with events on campus

29 September 2016

Images from the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid archive will be on display

Images from the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid archive will be on display

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is celebrating Black History Month throughout October with a series of events on campus.

The University is inviting the community to explore highlights of the archive of the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in an exhibition, examine the erasure of race and racism in a seminar and learn more about the pioneering work of Patricia Era Bath and why black Africans are more likely to suffer debilitating sight loss.

The Shall brothers be for a’ that exhibition will showcase key artefacts from the archive. On the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, GCU, with support from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, is sorting and cataloguing the internationally important collection, and, as well as viewing a display of images drawn from the archive, visitors can browse publications from the period and book space in the reading room to watch a selection of DVDs from Have you heard from Johannesburg: seven stories of the global anti-apartheid movement.

GCU’s Dr Ima Jackson will be joined by Professor Akwugo Emejulu, of the University of Edinburgh, and Claire Heuchan, of Glasgow Women’s Library, in a seminar - Race, History and Brexit: exploring the politics of erasure and documenting the experiences of Black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland post-Brexit. The seminar will examine creative resistances developed by Black communities to counteract that experience.

Dr Jackson said: “As the University for the Common Good, GCU is working with communities to transform lives and innovate for social impact at home and around the world. We are pleased to be part of Black History Month and provide a welcoming environment for the community, for academics, activists and practitioners in an attempt to understand this historic post-Brexit moment and discuss collective strategies for social justice.”

The seminar is at 5.45pm on Tuesday October 25. The event is free but ticketed.

In partnership with RNIB Scotland, GCU’s Department of Vision Sciences will celebrate the work of Black American Patricia Era Bath in the cataract laser surgery field and discuss a project to support Black Africans with sight loss in Scotland. Eyesight: a basic human right is on October 13 at 5.30pm in GCU’s Vision Centre. Tickets

Shall brothers be for a’ that runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 10-27, 10am-4pm, in the Archive Centre in the Saltire Centre.  To find out more about the cataloguing project, follow Archivist Julia Wylie’s blog.

First celebrated in the UK in 1987, Black History Month celebrates the contributions and achievements of black and minority ethnic people.