Posted on Sat 12 Nov 2011 at 10:09 by Louise Goux-wirth
On the 25th October, UWE Students’ Union and University of Bristol Students’ Union proudly joined together for a Love Music Hate Racism gig, in celebration of Black History Month. The gig formed part of UWE's celebrations for Black History Month (BHM), an annual event in October which seeks to promote knowledge of Black History and experience, to share information across communities on positive Black contributions to British society, and to heighten the awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.
Students, staff and the local community were invited to a fun-packed night of live music with performances from local artists including: Zion Flex, JLG, Bento, Javier and C-Froo whilst raising awareness of 'Love Music Hate Racism', a national movement against racism and fascism through music.
Professor Steve West, UWE Vice Chancellor, attended the event to support the work that the UWE Students’ Union is doing.
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England, said, “I am delighted that the two universities in Bristol are united in their approach to increasing understanding, tolerance and respect for all members of our community. The passion and enthusiasm of the Students Unions to lead on this agenda is fantastic and demonstrates the commitment of both universities' students to make a positive difference to the societies they live in. I hope that this event will be the first of many organised jointly across the universities. UWE's strap line of BetterTogether is certainly central to this agenda.”
The atmosphere throughout the evening was buzzing, with people enjoying the music, but most importantly understanding the cause and the reason behind it. I believe that Students' Unions are in a unique position to truly be leaders in terms of equality and diversity, and community engagement. I am proud that UWE Students’ Union is in the forfront in leading on this agenda.