BBC's Clive Myrie presents Black History Month lecture

"Black History Month is an opportunity to focus on those who may have been ignored by history, who's influence we all benefit from today.”

Clive Myrie, BBC News Presenter and Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University

BBC News Presenter Clive Myrie will talk about the people who most inspire him when he delivers a public lecture for Black History Month at Staffordshire University.

Limited tickets are still available for the lecture ‘Black Rebellion – Celebrity and Social Change’ which takes place at the University’s Science Centre on Leek Road, Stoke on Monday 15th October.

Clive, who uses his role as BBC World Affairs Correspondent to highlight issues of inequality, injustice racism and unfairness said his current hero was NFL footballer Colin Kaepernick – star of Nike’s controversial advertising campaign – who has made a high profile stand against police brutality and racial inequality in the US.

“He could have just counted his millions and ignored the problems of the wider society around him,” said Clive. “Instead he's making a stand, and his example is humbling, to the detriment of his career and, for some misguided idiots, his reputation. Tommie Smith, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with a few days ago, was in exactly the same position in 1968, when he raised his fist cloaked in a black glove at the Mexico Olympics. These are real patriots, real heroes. History will be kind.”

Clive, was made an honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University in 2016 for his award winning journalism, analysis of world events and role as an advocate for the professional advancement of graduates from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Clive added: “It's important to recognise the positive contribution made to society by all its citizens. Too often we can end up focusing on those in power or those with obvious influence, and because of the way power structures work in our world, that invariably means highlighting white men. Black History Month is an opportunity to focus on those who may have been ignored by history, who's influence we all benefit from today.”

To book on to the lecture, which starts at 5.30pm, email comms@staffs.ac.uk.

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