Black History Month Resources

October is Black History Month. First celebrated in the UK in 1987, Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements of the black community, recognising and sharing the outstanding contributions people of African and Caribbean descent have made throughout history. It is an opportunity to look back, reflect and understand Black history, as well as raising awareness and recognising there is still a lot more to do to establish equality.

This year SA Law will be celebrating Black heritage in the Law with our colleagues by sharing events, resources and further reading with everyone. While all our events this year will be virtual, we hope for future events we will be able to organise a guest speaker to join us.

Please do share your thoughts/feedback for any events/resources you attend with any of the Equality and Diversity committee, team member details shown below. 

2020 events and resources:

  • First 100 Years: Dame Linda Dobbs Biography
    First 100 Years is a ground-breaking project, building the only digital platform of stories, videos and artefacts dedicated to the history of women in law. To celebrate Black History month, they are celebrating Black women lawyers who have blazed a trail in the legal profession & inspired countless others. In 2004, Dame Linda Dobbs made history by becoming the #first non-white High Court judge. Watch her story:

  • Herstory by Latifat Obanigba – launch at 5pm on 4 October, available online for 30 days - Online art exhibition celebrating and paying tribute to black women breaking barriers and creating history - click here for more information

  • #OwnVoices Black History Month Author Panel Discussion on 15 October at 7pm – organised by The Author School

  • #ShareTheMicNow

    The social media campaign seeks to open up room for Black women to tell their own stories by giving them the floor, courtesy of the platforms of white women. The campaign has three distinct intentions: 1) To form a social media campaign that magnifies Black women’s lives and stories, 2) to form relationships among Black women and white women - so that our future activism is born from relationships, 3) to create a network of disruptors who know and trust each other, and 4) to create action that could make change. What began over in the US in June, is coming to the UK in October to celebrate Black History Month. Visit the Share The Mic Now instagram page.

  • An Evening with Jeffrey Boakye on 21 October at 6pm - organised by York St John University
    Jeffrey Boakye, author of Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored, will join Dr Fraser Mann, Senior Lecturer in Literature at York St John University, for a challenging and insightful dialogue surrounding issues of racism and social justice. Click here to register for the event:

  • Intersectionality: LGBT+ and Race & Ethnicity (Black History Month) 21 October at 5pm to 6.30pm LGBT + Network – Intersectionality: LGBT +, Race and Ethnicity. The event is supported by Weil, Gotsthal & Manges. Click here for more infromation:

  • Webinar: Katharine Newton QC and Ijeoma Omambala QC speaking in “First Six to Silk: From the perspective of black women” Zoom Webinar Monday 26th October 2020 5:45pm – 7pm
    Black Barristers’ Network invites you to join us as Krista Lee QC, Barbara Mills QC, Allison Munroe QC, Katharine Newton QC, Ijeoma Omambala QC and Melanie Simpson QC share their experiences, triumphs and career advice arising from their successful path to Silk. This event is open to all legal professionals and students. Attendance is free, cllick here to register:

  • Afro Hair: Heritage, Identity and Discrimination on 28 October at 2pm – organised by Old Square Chambers
    Nadia Motraghi of Old Square Chambers will chair a panel discussion on history, identity and discrimination in the context of Afro hair, with Ayesha Casely-Hayford, Actress, Solicitor, and creator of Afro Archives UK, a video, web and radio project discussing heritage, identity, image and the social and political implications of working and performing with Afro-textured hair. Please email with your details) to register for the event and you will be sent the Zoom link in your confirmation email.

  • University of Hertfordshire: Getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations” panel debate show – Fri 30 October, 12.00 – 13.00
    Facilitated by Blakademik, hear some of the BAME Student Advocates and the University’s Executive team talk about the benefits of being at the University of Hertfordshire as well as some of the challenges and barriers that Black students face. Click here to book:

Recommended podcasts:

Recommended reading:

  • In Black and White - A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System by Alexandra Wilson

  • So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

  • Diversify by June Sarpong

  • How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga