Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust programme for Black History Month 2021

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 11:55:00 BST

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE (Race Archives and Community Engagement) Centre is the University's open access library specialising in the study of race, migration and diversity. The RACE Centre is based in Manchester Central Library

Our sister organisation the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust was established in 2001, and archives the life stories of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Manchester, by running oral history projects, hosting events and exhibitions, and working with schools, for past, present and future generations.

Every year we organise a programme of events, blog posts and media for Black History Month, but we also firmly believe that Black history is world history and not confined to just one month of the year.

Our theme for Black History Month this year is ‘And Still We Rise’, a recognition of Black activism past and present.


1981 – The Year Moss Side Exploded!

Black History Workshops for ages 13-18 years.  1.30pm- 4.30pm every Saturday throughout October at four Manchester Libraries.

  • Sat 2 Oct The Powerhouse, Moss Side M14 4SL  - to book call 0161 227 3758 
  • Sat 9 Oct Central Library, Manchester, M2 5PD  - book here
  • Sat 16  Oct Avenue Library, Victoria Ave, East Blackley M9 6HW - to book call 0161 219 2393 
  • Sat 23 Oct The Forum library, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX  - to book call 0161 227 3770 

Black History is World History Educational SessionsforAdults(in partnership with Manchester Libraries) 

Every Wednesday throughout October 5.30pm-7.30pm at Central Library.

Thursday 28 October

And We Rise;Together

Performance and protest poetry produced and curated by Young Identity Poets 

  • Central Library 1.30pm-3.30 pm

Followed by:

‘I Predict a Riot’2

Part documentary screening in partnership with North West Film Archives

  • 3.30pm-5.00pm 

NathanGeering’scritically acclaimedshort film ‘Still A Slave’ screening in partnership with Manchester Libraries.

A live lecture delivered by Nathan himself followed by an audience Q&A 5.00pm-7.00 pmat Central Library  

Outreach and engagement activities

The Year of Our Moss Side 1981:From Uprising to Healing and Change, workshops with young people (by invitaition only)  

We will be sharing content from workshops led by Theatre Director Tian Glasgow throughout October. 

Throughout October, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust - in partnership with Manchester Libraries - will be running community workshops led by Young Identity Artists reminiscing and exploring histories exploring the issues that led up to the Moss Side Uprisings (migration, lack of employment, discriminatory education, housing systems and practice, stop and search).

Keep an eye out on our website and social media for staff and guest blogs, reading lists and play lists  @AIUCentre