Monthly Archives: September 2014

Black History Month launch: Is one month enough? 2/10/14


Black History Month launch: Is one month enough?

Thursday 2nd October – 6pm – Nuffield building

In BEMA’s Black History Month 2014 launch event we address the question of whether a month in the year can ever really be enough to cover the diverse Black histories that formed the world today.

Featuring renowned photographer Vanley Burke, who has been documenting Birmingham’s African-Caribbean community for decades through his photography, presenting his work.
Also featuring Mo’Rhymes the Poet performing spoken word.

(With free food too)

Attendance is free and all are welcome – students and members of the community,
and look out for the rest of our Black History Month events:
BEMA Black History Month 2014

BHM launch cover photo

BEMA Black History Month 2014


BEMA Black History Month
October 2014

BEMA launch our Black History Month 2014 series of events to celebrate the contributions of communities of the Global South throughout history, and to highlight the unspoken legacies of resistance of Black & Ethnic Minority people in the UK and worldwide.

All events are free and open to students and the community.
(All events begin at 6pm unless stated otherwise)

BHM launch cover photo III

2nd – BEMA Black History Month launch: Is one month enough?
Nuffield building*

7th – BEMA BHM – Struggles of the Black community film screenings: Mangrove 9 & Injustice
Arts building** Room 201

9th – Radicalism and resistance in Britain, through the ages panel
Arts Lecture Room 6

14th – Film screening: Hip Hop: The New World Order
Arts Room 201

16th – Decolonising the Mind book series launch: Reparations and Resistance
Arts Room 201

20th – Black music and resistance panel
Arts Lecture Room 7

21st – Congo week panel: The Lost Voices
with ADF University of Birmingham African Development Forum
Arts Lecture Room 7

23rd – Congo week workshop
Nuffield G17
(6:30pm start)

24th – West Midlands Pan African Students’ Union meeting
Arts Lecture Room 7

28th – Women of Colour group film screening
Nuffield G13
EDIT: Postponed, new date tbc

29th – The Great Debate
with Birmingham ACS
Nuffield G17

30th – Women of Colour group panel
Arts 201

(Details on venues and speakers will be updated throughout the month)
*R9 on the campus map, near the Guild of Students building
**R16 on the campus map, next to the Main Library


BEMA Alternative Freshers Week 2014


BEMA (University of Birmingham Black & Ethnic Minorities’ Association) are hosting an alternative series of events for Freshers week, open to new and returning students.
All BEMA events are non-alcoholic and and a great place to meet other BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) students at the University of Birmingham

BEMA Alternative Freshers week 2014

Monday 22nd September – Games and Quiz night
Location: Rosa Parks room (Guild of Students building, 1st floor near Costa – ask at Guild Reception for directions)
Time: 5pm
Price: Free

Tuesday 23rd September – Mini Golf
Location: Star City, Aston B7 5SA (meet us at Guild reception at 3:30 and we’ll take taxis to Star City)
Time: 4pm
Price: £10

Wednesday 24th September – Movie Night
Location: Rosa Parks room, Guild
Time: 6pm
Price: Free

Thursday 25th September – Shisha Night
Location: Moon Lounge, Digbeth B12 0SH (meet us at Guild reception at 5:30 and we’ll take taxis to Moon Lounge)
Time: 6pm
Price: Around £10

Friday 26th September – Black History Month launch event at The Drum
Location: The Drums Arts Centre, Newtown B6 4UU (meet us at Guild reception at 6:00 and we’ll take taxis to The Drum)
Price: Free
Note: There are limited places for this event so please RSVP at: if you’re coming.


BEMA Alternative Freshers Week 2014

Welcome from BEMA committee


Welcome, freshers!
You are about to embark on a remarkable journey; your first year at university!
BEMA, which stands for (University of Birmingham) Black and Ethnic Minorities’ Association, is here for you to promote and protect the social, welfare and political interests of the University’s BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) students, and gives an opportunity to establish friendships with people from other cultures than your own.

We work closely with other Guild bodies and the Ethnic Minority Students’ Officer of the Guild to promote the interests and equality of access to education for the University’s BME population.

BEMA organises a variety of events throughout the year such as Alternative Freshers Week, our annual Black History Month, Imperialism Awareness week, panel discussions, film screenings, and socials.

To stay updated with BEMA please email us at bema[at] and we’ll add you to our regular mailing list – and you can contact us through any of the methods below too.

We hope that you use your year to get involved with what BEMA has to offer, and look forward to meeting you at our events, and good luck with your first year.


BEMA committee 2014-15