Black History Month 2021

At Royal Holloway 

At Royal Holloway, we value race equality and know that our community is strengthened when we share perspectives, listen to the lived experiences of our friends, and the people we study and work with, and seek to learn from one another. This means that, as a College, we are committed to continuing to initiate and support conversations and action around race equality and to establish a culture that recognises and celebrates difference.

One of the aims of Black History Month is to celebrate the achievements of Black and Global Majority communities and individuals in Britain, including unsung heroes who have helped change the political, cultural and social landscape. Black History Month is a celebration of the achievements of racialised minoritised lives, but also an opportunity for people to learn more about the continued effects of systemic racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes; to work towards ensuring that we expand our awareness of history, expose and question dominant representations of our past that have remained largely unchallenged, and provide a platform for marginalised voices. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the contribution of black heritage and culture.

An Audience with Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE

Staff and students are invited to join the Royal Holloway Black and Global Majority Staff Network as we chat with anti-racism campaigner, education advocate and Labour Peer Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE. We’ll discuss her thoughts on racism, talk about her charity The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, and explore her hopes for the future. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Thursday 21 October 2021, 1-2pm

The event will be hosted on MS Teams.

To join please click here.

 Baroness Lawrence


Schools, Departments and Professional Services across Royal Holloway are preparing a range of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month this year, including reading group sessions, workshops and podcasts. We will provide further information on these as the month progresses. As part of Black History Month we are also sharing perspectives, and listening to the lived experiences of our friends, colleagues and students, both past and present. Below you can also read some profiles of our Black and Global Majority Royal Holloway alumni. These profiles celebrate the achievements of Black and Global Majority communities. 

Further links

Black History Month 2020

Black History Month 2019

Black History Month 2018

Black and Global Majority Staff Network

Royal Holloway Alumni

Find out more.


Events across the College

Find out more.


Student and Staff messages

Coming soon.