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Black History month is an opportunity for students of Nottingham Trent University to recognise black culture and learn about culture appropriation, heritage and police brutality.

Slavery was abolished in 1807 marking a key turning point in Britain’s history.

From 1987 black history has been celebrated from 1st of October throughout the month.

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ACS, an African Caribbean society at the Nottingham Trent University, aims to educate and unite diverse students from NTU and the University of Nottingham.

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ACS held a question time debate where the themes of Cultural appropriation and police brutality were discussed on Friday, November 6th.

Cultural appropriation, which looks at how cultural principles and behaviours are being mis-represented by the entertainment industry and the wider society, is a growing theme in the 21st century.

The debate explored how trends and fashion often draw upon cultural references but represent them inappropriately.

Running themes and problems of the modern century are associated with the wearing of bindis and colourful upbeat dance of black culture along with hijabs and African prints.

But many question whether this is cultural appropriation or an appreciation of the diverse cultures of Britain?

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Nana Muyovwe, the events officer for ACS, explained the aims of the organisation was to make sure that people are aware of black culture and the successes that the organisation has had in promoting it.

Historians believe, until more recently, the successes of civil right activists have been shadowed behind successes of the white man in history.

ACS wants to educate the students of Nottingham on the achievements of black history and the chains that black people have had to break from.

Temi Okulaja, welfare officer for ACS, believes there is a debate as to whether Black History should be celebrated throughout the year rather than in just one month.

ACS will be pairing up with the Gospel Revival Choir at The University of Nottingham for a Christmas show.

The show will be made up of the spoken word, music, and dance, and will celebrate the activists who changed the course of black history.

To find out more information about ACS visit ACS website or ACS facebook