In the UK, October is the dedicated month for uplifting, uncovering, and celebrating Black history.

At Students' Union UCL, we are committed to making sure our communities feel seen, heard and empowered.

This year’s theme ‘Saluting our Sisters’ serves as an opportunity to inspire and empower future generations by honoring the achievements of Black women. As a union, we are committed to amplifying their voices and our students. 

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month 2023 is a significant occasion in the UK, celebrating the valuable contributions of Black people to British society. It was officially recognized in 1987, inspired by Akyaaba Addai Sebo's event commemorating Caribbean emancipation. This celebration, mirroring the US version, later extended throughout the UK. Here at the Students' Union, we are running a diverse range of events and initiatives aimed at recognisng and honoring the contributions and heritage of Black individuals and communities.

Spotlight on our vibrant Societies

Proudly Student-Led, Loudly Democratic

Meet Rawleka Wilson and Rachel Lim, the Students' Union People Of Colour Officers. They lead the Students' Union's POC Network, creating a vibrant community for POC students and advocating for their needs. Supported by the Equity & Inclusion Officer, they represent these interests to UCL and beyond. Read their manifesto here.

Rachel Lim and Rawleka Wilson, POC Officers

Events and Socials

Throughout this month, we are hosting a range of activities - there’s something for everyone to get involved with so come and join in! We will be adding events throughout October, so watch this space!

Also, check out these external Black History Month Events!

Team UCL Celebrates Black History Month

Sports Pass Returns this Black History Month

We're offering free access to club and Project Active sessions from October 23 to November 6 to address financial concerns and promote sports participation among Black and Black British students. Through our Participation Fund, we are removing financial barriers to participation in our clubs.

DJ TiiNY (Stormzy's Official DJ) is playing Team UCL's Sports Night at Scala

Sports Night is the biggest night out for sports teams at UCL... Our home for Wednesday nights is the legendary Scala, Kings Cross. We've teamed up with Milkshake events to bring you a night full of everything you need after a day repping TeamUCL on the pitch. The top floor will be dedicated to Afrobeat and music from student DJ Black artists with a main room headline act.

Hear from some of our Black athletes on their experiences of sport at UCL...

We spoke to some of our athletes to find out what inspired them to get involved with Team UCL and what their greatest sporting achievements were. Read their profiles here.

Salute and Share

This year’s celebration will showcase pioneering black women who have made remarkable contributions to literature, music, fashion, sport, business, politics, academia, social and health care, and more. We'll also be engaging and celebrating our students through profile pieces, on the ground engagement, and highlighting our communities here on campus!

Give Back to the Community

For every Josephine Baker Cocktail purchased in the Institute bar,
we'll donate £1 from each sale to charity

Josephine Baker was a celebrated American-born French entertainer and civil rights activist known for her dynamic performances and contributions to the arts. She achieved international fame in the early 20th century, particularly in France, and also worked as a spy for the French Resistance during World War II. Her legacy endures as a symbol of artistic excellence and social justice advocacy. In celebrating Josephine Baker, we are giving back. £1 from every sale of the Josephine Baker cocktail is going directly to BLAM.ORG - Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health (Charity no. 12556786).