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Students Celebrate Black History Month

First ever Black History Month host to a series of successful events.

Students at Edinburgh University celebrated Black History Month in October with a variety of successful events which were supported by EUSA and the University. It was the first time that Black History Month was celebrated at the University.

The EUSA Black and Minority Ethnic Network (BMEN), along with the African-Caribbean Society, organised a series of talks, debates and cultural events. The month kicked off with a launch event, followed by a Tandem language event; a celebration of African culture through music, song and dance organised by the African-Caribbean Society; and an Obama debate hosted by the Debating Society at which the keynote speaker was Graham Campbell from the African and Caribbean Network.

Pritpal Singh Badewal and Briana Pegado (BMEN Convenors), said: "As students at an internationally renowned University and as global citizens and ambassadors, we believe in embracing all sides of our identity and all facets of the characteristics that define us as global citizens: including our black culture. We put together the programme at quite short notice and put in a lot of hard work to get things organised so it’s fantastic that so many people turned up to the events. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the University and of EUSA. The Politics and International Relations Department were especially helpful. With the same support again next year we can organise an even bigger and better programme of events."