Black History Month 2023: Saluting Our Sisters

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This October, the theme for Black History Month is Saluting Our Sisters.

The theme Saluting Our Sisters pays homage to black women who have often had their contributions ignored, ideas appropriated, and voices silenced. It aims to highlight the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities throughout the UK and beyond.

Learn more about this year's theme

We'll be updating this page with events, campaigns and ideas throughout October, and will also be sharing what we're doing here at Connected Voice.

If you're hosting an event that you would like us to list on this page, please email


CEO's Blog Takeover

Friday 6 October, All Day, Dame Jackie's Blog 

To mark Black History Month 2023, there will be a takeover of CEO Dame Jackie Daniel's blog to profile black women who play crucial roles within The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals (NUTH) NHS Foundation Trust, and their contribution to the amazing work done there. This will be introduced by NUTH Non-Executive Director Steph Edusei.

Contributors will include Lee-Ann Naidoo, aHUS Programme Manager; Odeth Richardson, Head of Occupational Therapy; Titi Ameobi, Delivery Suite Core Midwife; Chinwe Amakalu, HR Advisor; and Mavis Mandishonha-Mufudza, Senior Radiographer.

Access the blog here


Inner Gods - Film screening, documentary, and Martin Hylton in discussion

Friday 6 October, 12.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m., MediCinema RVI Newcastle

Newcastle Hospitals Charity and the MediCinema Charity are delighted to present Inner Gods.

Inner Gods is a film made with the North East's local community and artists to tell the story of self-reflection, mental health, conflict, love, addiction and hope.

It was filmed in Gateshead in 2022 and is a reflection on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the death of George Floyd, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. It touches on the social and political impact of these events in a short, 15-minute dance film. Following the screening, there will also be a short discussion with the creator of the film, Martin Hylton, as he reflects on the impact his work has had.

To book your place, please email


Teakisi Annual Black History Month Event

Saturday 7 October, 1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m., The Common Room, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE

The Elevate Symposium is Teakisi's annual conference to celebrate Black History Month and it is now in its fifth year. The theme of this year's conference is Prioritising the safety of women and girls.

Teakisi aim to host meaningful conversations and initiatives to address the unique challenges faced by women and girls within the Black community and society at large. By attending the conference, you will be exposed to an enlightening array of perspectives, fostering new ways of thinking, and gaining invaluable insights into the lived experiences of members within the vibrant and diverse black community.

Find out more and book your place here


Ask Me Anything - 'Caring from a Distance'

Tuesday 10 October, 12.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m., Online

For their next Ask Me Anything panel, NUTH will be joined by Balsam Ahmad, Consultant in Public Health; Setty Mpofu, Staff Nurse (Ward 31); and Aron Sandler, Chaplaincy Rabbi, as they explore the different experiences of those caring for loved ones overseas, and the different effects this can have. 

NUTH will also welcome the CEO of Newcastle Carers, who will discuss the support they are able to offer locally, as well as a Senior HR Advisor who will talk about the different policies and processes involved when you need to take time off work to travel to look after a family member.

Once all panellists have spoken, attendees will have the opportunity to ask them questions about their experiences, and chat about how we can better support one another. The panel will take place online, via Microsoft Teams.

To book your place, please email


Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Saturday 21 October, 6.00 p.m. - Late, Newcastle Eagles Community Arena, Scotswood Road, Newcastle, NE4 7AF

Kaleidoscope of Cultures is back for the second year running! Organised by NUTH's Race Equality Network and supported by Newcastle Hospitals Charity, Kaleidoscope of Cultures is an evening of good food, great company, music and more.

This year's event is being held at the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena (also known as the Vertu Motors Arena). Tickets cost £35 per person, or £300 for a table of 10, so why not come as a team? Ticket price includes international cuisine and a complimentary drink, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. There are also a small number of subsidised tickets available for anyone facing financial barriers to attending this event.

To book your ticket, or to enquire about subsidised tickets, please email

Click here for more Black History Month events happening across Newcastle and Gateshead

Click here for Black History Month resources from Newcastle City Council


NEEACA and Tyne & Wear Archives Black History Month Social

Saturday 28 October, 12.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m., Great Hall, Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA

NEEACA (the North East of England African Community Association) and Tyne & Wear Archives are delighted to present their Black History Month Social, taking place in the Great Hall at the Discovery Museum. Join them to celebrate the achievements of Black people, and to learn more about their history, struggles and culture.

The event includes a Black History-themed tour of the Discovery Museum and an African Lives in Newcastle city walk. Ngozi Lyn Cole will be the keynote speaker, and there will also be a range of presentations, poetry recitals, and singing.

Click here to find out more about the event

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