Online and Oxford throughout October

We are delighted to announce our programme of online events for Black History Month 2020, which runs throughout October.  Black History Month is an annual celebration of the history, achievements and contribution of black people in the UK.  Equality and diversity are at the heart of our ethos and academic mission, and Black History Month is an important highlight of the Jesus College year.

You can follow all our online events and activities via Twitter @JesusOxford #blackhistorymonth2020 and via the Black History Month events listings on the website at


Thursday 1st October at 10am – FILM

Tom Ilube CBE, Honorary Fellow launches Black History Month 2020 with a reflection on what the annual celebration means to him. Watch here (link to follow).

Saturday 3rd October at 10am – FILM

 A welcome to Black History Month 2020 from Prof Patricia Daley, College Vice-Principal and Chair of the Equality & Diversity Committee. Patricia talks about her own experiences and what Black History Month means to her. Watch here (link to follow).

Monday 5th October from 10am – ARTICLE

We publish ‘Jesus & Colonialism’, a new article by Prof Felicity Heal, Emeritus Fellow, which explores the College’s colonial connections throughout our 450-year history. Read here (link to follow)

Friday 9th October from 10amFILM

Towards a Wider Life – Norman Manley in Britain and Jamaica’ – a film of the 2019 event that celebrated the life of this eminent College alumnus and former Prime Minister of Jamaica.  Watch here.

Thursday 15th October LIVE TALK

A live Zoom interview and Q&A with alumnus Richard Thompson – information to follow.

Friday 16th OctoberEXHIBITION

We celebrate the launch of the 2020 Photo Oxford Festival with ‘Encounter’ - an exhibition of the work of Togolaise-Italian photographer Silvia Rosi. Silvia explores her family history by retracing her parents’ journey of migration from Togo to Italy and drawing on her Togolaise heritage, and the idea of origins. Head down to the hoarding panel by WH Smiths on Cornmarket to see a selection of images from her Encounter series, which were exhibited at Jerwood Arts in London earlier this year. We are delighted to be supporting the exhibition. The full programme for the PhotoOxford Festival can be found here.

Tuesday 20th October from 10am – FILM

Dr Bongani Ngqulanga on Pixley ka Isaka Seme.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, academic, author and former spokeperson for the African National Congress (ANC), talks about the life of Pixley ka Isaka Seme, the little-known founder of the ANC. Pixley studied law here at Jesus College from 1906 – 1909 and practised as a lawyer in Johannesburg, SA, but his activism led to the total transformation of South Africa’s political systems.  Watch here (link to follow).

Thursday 22nd October - FILM

‘My time at Oxford – a BAME student’s perspective.’ Jesus alumna Clare Williams talks about her experience of life and learning at Oxford. Watch here

Friday 30th October - FILM

Our Access Fellow Dr Matthew Williams talks about Jesus College's outreach and access work is encouraging and empowering gifted young black school students to consider applying to Oxford.