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Black History Month: Competition

image002This year, we’re opening out our annual History competition to everyone – not just University of Gloucestershire History students! To coincide with Black History Month, we’re asking people to nominate individuals in any or all of the following three categories: ‘Unheard Voices in Black History’, ‘Creating New Black Icons’ and ‘Celebrating Local Black Heroes’.

Black History Month takes place every October across the United Kingdom, USA and Canada. Its purpose is to celebrate, commemorate and raise awareness of the history of the African diaspora. First celebrated in the UK in 1987, it has since become an annual opportunity to discuss African histories of all kinds – and to ensure the debate, discussion and attention is not restricted only to each October.

At the University of Gloucestershire, we try to do our bit. Last year, for example, we took part in the events organised by the Cheltenham West End Partnership, and along with the Gloucestershire Historical Association played host to a talk by Dr Miranda Kaufman about Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain. This year, we’re welcoming columnist for the Guardian and The Nation, Gary Younge, and critic and playwright Bonnie Greer for talks at the University, amongst other events.

Our competition is part of all this activity. Three selected competition entrants will win a Kindle Fire Tablet, and you can read more about the categories by downloading our PDF poster – please do print it out and spread the word! The closing deadline is 12 noon on 27 September 2015, and entries should be emailed to

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges and announced in October 2015.

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