Black History Month Soiree to address race, equality and diversity in sport and classical music

Black History Month Soiree to address race, equality and diversity in sport and classical music

Two patrons of Black British Academics, Prof Kevin Hylton and Dr Shirley Thompson aim to deepen understanding on issues around race, racism, ethnic and cultural diversity in sport and classical music on Wednesday 14th October at Bournemouth University.

Equality and Diversity Officer Dr James Palfreyman-Kay, has teamed up with Black British Academics’ CEO, Dr Deborah Gabriel, a lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communication, to co-host the event to mark Black History Month.

The presentations will focus on British football and opera writing and performance. Explaining why she chose sport and classical music as the theme for the event, Dr Gabriel said:

“Football is the number one sport in Britain and issues around race and racism have been longstanding. Given that Bournemouth AFC have recently joined the Premier League, I think the focus is timely.”

Prof Hylton’s presentation will highlight racialised experiences of Black football coaches, and Bournemouth Kick-it-Out Group, will also be delivering a talk on local anti-racism work.

Dr Thompson will be talking about cultural activism through her democratising of operatic writing and performance. Dr Gabriel added:

“I was privileged to attend Sacred Mountain: Incidents in the Life of Queen Nanny of the Maroons, in July, which was absolutely marvellous and I knew that I had to invite Dr Thompson to the Black History Month Soiree to talk about her amazing work.”

Bournemouth University is one hour and 45 minutes on the fast train from London Waterloo and the venue – The Executive Business Centre, is less than five minutes walk from the train station.

The event is free but registration is essential. To register for this event please click here:


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