Over the past few months, we have seen universities such as Yale, Cambridge and Oxford display demonstrations of unity and non-conformity within their respective institutions. These #blackexcellence images have taken universities around the globe by storm and have worked to create a global network for the black community in higher education. We here, at the University of Bristol’s African and Caribbean Association, are coming together in solidarity with these institutions to promote Black Excellence, and send a powerful and uplifting message to the rest of the world that we can attain more than what we are labelled as in society. This project that we are naming #ACE (African and Caribbean Excellence) is a platform that will be utilised in our university and hopefully spread nationwide as a movement to display the reasons why individuals in our community should enter higher education and put to rest some of the uneasiness associated with applying to distinguished universities as a minority. In addition to this, it will provide a platform for individuals to speak out about how universities can adapt to their needs and make the experience a more enjoyable experience! ... See more
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***FREE BUT BOOKING REQUIRED*** https://www.waterstones.com/events/poetry-reading-with-mervyn-morris/bristol-galleries The University of Bristol, in partnership with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions and Centre TRACE at Bath Spa University, is delighted to welcome Professor Mervyn Morris, first Poet Laureate of Jamaica, back to our city on 2 May. Described as one of the most significant poets in the Caribbean, whose influence has spanned generations, Professor Morris was awarded the Order of Merit (Jamaica) in 2009. Professor Morris returns to the UK on a rare visit to promote the recent publication of Peelin’ Orange, a career-defining collection of poetry. As great a performer as he is a writer, Professor Morris is known for his play with the everyday, the erotic, the political, and religious faith. This intimate reading will showcase his writing across his career, charting the trajectories of Caribbean poetry through the singularity of his powerful voice. This event is a satellite to the Writers of the World Unite Festival (http://writersoftheworldfest.co.uk/). Mervyn Morris was born in Jamaica in 1937 and studied at the University College of the West Indies and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. In 1992 he was a UK Arts Council Visiting Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre. His previous collections include The Pond, Shadowboxing, Examination Centre and On Holy Week; he also edited The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories and published ‘Is English We Speaking’ and other essays. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica, where he is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & West Indian Literature. ... See more
Students attending UoB – white and people colour – often disregard the effects of microaggressions because they are considered to be insignificant or because the perpetrator was well-intentioned. Language becomes hugely significant here. ‘Racism’ is a loaded term that is seen through an increasingly individualised lens; our collective imaginations of racists depict them as backwards, mean-spirited and hateful. ‘Microaggressions’ are interpreted as being an attack on the character of the perpetrator or an overreaction. Like the caring, smiley teachers at my primary school, you don’t have to be mean or ignorant to be complicit in structures that work to oppress minority groups of colour. It is possible for you to identify as black or have black friends and still simultaneously devalue the lives and careers of black students at UoB. Although they may seem small and insignificant, microaggressions help uphold the systems of oppression that deem POC invisible, incapable and inferior. Ignorance is a real problem at Bristol – among all of us. We need to reframe our thinking to show how the small interactions are connected to much larger forces of oppression. We need to consider the racism of the well-intentioned and the well-meaning together with the structural barriers that people of colour face. - Euella Jackson ... See more
Growing up with a very pro-black father, I was frightfully aware of racism and its effects from a young age. We’d often spend our evenings together sat in bed learning about the ways in which the world worked through brutal stories and anecdotes. These often were not happy tales, but I enjoyed this… ... See more
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