Race and rights: screening of Fruitvale Station

By Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies. She is a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, and a co-convener of the October Dialogues 2015. Her PhD focuses on transatlantic abolitionism and African American resistance against racism in nineteenth century Britain. In celebration of Black History Month …

Going global: restoring agency to black history

This post is contributed by Joe Merton, Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, Faculty of Arts. His main area of expertise is the social and political history of the twentieth century United States. It is a great privilege to teach black history at university. Few fields of history offer such lively and provocative source material; such breadth; …

“Twitter is the revolution”: recycling Panther protest for #BlackLivesMatter

Hannah Jeffery is a PhD student at The University of Nottingham, working with Professor Zoe Trodd on the AHRC-funded Antislavery Usable Past Project. Her project examines the antislavery usable past in 1960s protest movements, as a model for contemporary abolitionism. In doing this, she seeks to understand how Black Power advocates used the memory and legacy …

The October Dialogues 2015: Britain’s first conference on the Black Lives Matter movement

Hannah-Rose Murray is a PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies. She is a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, and a co-convener of the October Dialogues 2015. Her PhD focuses on transatlantic abolitionism and African American resistance against racism in nineteenth century Britain. For Black History …

To the Colours! Regimental Flags of the United States Colored Troops

In this blog post, MRes student James Brookes marks both Black History Month and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by examining the visual culture of black troops. A Civil War regiment would typically carry two flags into battle, the national standard and the regimental colours. Amongst regiments of white Federal soldiers, the …

A Pulitzer Prize Winner on Campus

Hannah Jeffery is an MRes student in American & Canadian Studies, where she is writing a dissertation on the aesthetic and political legacies of the Black Panther Party. In this post, she looks forward to welcoming Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, Winner of Pulitzer Prize in History, for our final Black History Month lecture. Ever since the …

Imagining silence: experiencing history as fiction

Guest post from Katie Hamilton, PhD student in the Department of American & Canadian Studies. On first consideration, a reading and conversation with a novelist seems an incongruous way to celebrate Black History Month. It begs the question of what a contemporary novel can tell us about the history of the African diaspora that we don’t …