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Cambridge University Library
Cambridge University Library, West Road, CB3 9DR Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Black Cantabs: History Makers
1 October — 31 December 2018
This groundbreaking exhibition tells the stories of black students in Cambridge, from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today.
In it, a collection of photographic portraits will celebrate centuries of black students at Cambridge (from 1700 to the present day) and inspire future generations.
Featuring trailblazers from the first black British army officer to the first black female composer to have a composition played at the Proms, the exhibition features famous faces such as Zadie Smith, Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris alongside rare archive images.
New portraits are being taken by the city of Cambridge’s chief chronicler, Sir Cam, including of classical composer Errollyn Wallen, jazz singer Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and MP Diane Abbott.
These portraits will hang on the University Library’s 'Royal Corridor'.
This collection represents a reinvention of the traditional Cambridge portrait students may see on a daily basis and the exhibition opening marks the first day of the UK’s Black History Month (1 October). The exhibition is free to visit, no need to book.
Black Cantabs: History Makers runs from 1 October to 31 December at the University Library, before touring the University and Colleges. It builds on the painstaking research project undertaken by the Black Cantabs Society, the members of which are students, staff and alumni of the University. See the results of the project on the Society's website: https://blackcantabs.herokuapp.com/
Image: Sociologist, activist and author Professor Archie Mafeje (1936-2007), courtesy of Margaret Green