Black History Month 2023

Black History Month (BHM), taking place each October, is a significant focal point that recognises and celebrates the invaluable ongoing contributions of Black people to British society. It also serves as an opportunity to inspire and empower future generations.

This year’s theme – Saluting our Sisters – will be dedicated to honouring the achievements of Black women who are often the forgotten heroes. Alongside the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff network, Coventry University will be delivering several key events exploring this year’s theme, as well as blogs from staff across the group sharing their personal experiences.

What Black History Month means to us

Hear from our colleagues on what Black History Month, and this year’s theme – Saluting our Sisters - mean to them. These blogs will be released throughout the month so make sure you return to this page regularly to learn more about some of our incredible Coventry University Group staff.

Black History Month 2023 – A Digital Experience

BME Staff Network member and Senior Learning Designer Melissa Coley has helped develop a virtual experience for Black History Month. In the Padlet you’ll find a digital storytelling of the children of the Windrush generation as well as interactive activities celebrating; inventors, women in business, politicians, thought leaders and women in STEM.

Explore here
Small group of black women clapping and smiling

Dr Maxine Pryce-Miller

“My heritage is who I am, and knowing the past opens the door to the future. I am very proud of my achievements and the woman I am today.”

Hear from our Nursing Associate Professor and Curriculum Lead on what Black History Month means to her.

Read more
Dr Maxine Pryce-Miller, wearing a colourful shirt and smiling at the camera.

Charmaine Williamson

“To me, Black History Month means a journey taken, a life lived. It means strength, defiance and family.”

Charmaine Williamson discusses what Black History Month means to her.

Read more
Charmaine Williamson headshot

Dr Cherisse Hoyte

“I have always been grateful to work at a university where there are visible female role models that look like me and pave the way for future black leaders.”

Dr Cherisse Hoyte discusses her ongoing work to champion diversity and inclusion in the education sector.

Read more
Dr Cherisse Hoyte, pictured against the Coventry skyline with the Cathedral behind her.

Julian McKenzie

“During Black History Month and beyond, it is vital that we honour and celebrate the achievements of Black women, acknowledging the vital role that they and many others have played in advancing social progress, diversity, and inclusion. We salute you. We thank you.”

Julian McKenzie reflects on the Black women who have inspired him.

Read more
Julian McKenzie



Your Students' Union

Your Students’ Union will be hosting a series of events, ranging from quiz nights to book club, throughout October to celebrate Black History Month. These sessions are open to all students at Coventry University's Coventry campus and CU Coventry.

  • Join us at our first Craft and Debate event! We will be discussing the BHM theme 2023 ‘Saluting our Sisters’ and creating inspired art pieces linked to this year’s theme.

    Read more at Your SU

  • Join us for the BHM Quiz Night! An evening full of fun and lots of questions about Black History.

    Read more at Your SU

  • Join us for an evening celebrating Black History and talents in our community! Are you ready to showcase your talent?

    Read more at Your SU

  • Join us for a Black History Month movie screening and bring a friend with you as we watch a film that explores themes related to Black and other minority groups. It is the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people.

    Read more at Your SU

  • During October, the Education Team will be arranging focus groups centred around the concept of ‘decolonising the curriculum.’

    Students are invited to participate in discussions which will explore their course content where historical Black figures are represented. Those in attendance will also have an opportunity to build a report, with recommendations, that will be sent to the Student Experience Committee.

    Location: The Hub, 1.24

  • Join us at the BHM Book Club event to explore some Black History Month books available in our Community Library and find other useful resources!

    Read more at Your SU

  • Want to find out more about the opportunities and support on offer to Black and other minority groups? Then come along to The Hub and get involved in our BHM Networking Fair!

    Read more at Your SU



Silhouettes of 6 people of Black and Minority Ethnic.

Coventry University BME Staff Network

The Coventry University BME Staff Network provides a forum for staff that identify as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME).

 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023