We are happy to announce that Aston Students’ Union has won an NUS Award for their 2018 Black History Month campaign!
Salma Amin (SU Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Officer) and Aston Students’ Union planned a Black History Month liberation campaign during October to celebrate black history, culture and heritage. Using the slogan ‘Remember the past, live in the present, inspire the future’, the campaign featured multiple events and discussions organised to raise awareness about the importance of Black Studies and issues that affect Black communities.
A great turnout from Aston students, and their engagement with the activities, demonstrated their interest and appreciation towards the contribution of black people throughout history. Students had an opportunity to explore ‘Black History in Islam’ with Mustafa Briggs (a graduate of Arabic and International Relations from the University of Westminster), discuss the importance of ‘Black Education for Liberation’ with Dr. Kehinde Andrews, and join the BAME Women’s Career Day with Jamelia Donaldson, Councillor Mariam Khan and others. There were also film screenings of Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Malcolm X.
On receiving the award, Salma said “Thank you to NUS BSC and Ilyas Nagdee for this incredible award; it is an absolute honour. Thank you to all the students that made Black History Month 2018 a success, and thank you to everyone at the Students’ Union for all your support. It is always important to celebrate Black History Month, and we will continue to mark BHM at Aston and fight for equality for all”.