Celebrating Black History Month: Diane Abbott


22 October 2012

As part of this year's Black History Month, Liverpool John Moores University is hosting a free, public lecture presented by Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Minister for Public Health.

Event chaired by: Sir Bert Massie CBE, LJMU Governor and Equality Champion
Title of talk: Using the past as a platform for the future: Do British universities cater for black and other minority communities? 
Date: Thursday 25 October 2012
Time: 12.00 to 3.40pm
Venue: Johnson Foundation Auditorium, Art and Design Academy (ADA), Liverpool John Moores University, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

On arrival guests will be served a selection of Afro-Caribbean, West African, East African and English dishes and have the opportunity to view an exhibition of work.

Alison Wild, University Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive, will officially open the event at 1.00pm followed by dance and drama performances by LJMU students.
Diane Abbott will deliver her talk at 2pm, followed by a Q&A session, offering the audience the opportunity to become involved in the debate.

Overview of the event
12 noon - Arrivals and lunch (a selection of Afro-Caribbean, West African, East African  and English dishes) music and exhibition

1.00 to 1.10pm - Welcome  from Alison Wild, University Secretary & Deputy Chief Executive, LJMU

1.15 to 1.35pm - LJMU dance students performance

1.35 to  2.00pm - LJMU drama students performance

2.00 to 3.30pm - Lecture: Using the past as a platform for the future: Do British universities cater for black and other minority communities? Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Minister for Public Health Q&A session

3.30pm - Closing Remarks: Alison Wild

3.40pm - Close

The event is free but places are limited – please register your attendance at www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/celebratingblackhistory/

For further information please contact LJMU Conference and Events Services via email blackhistory@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0151 231 3668

Biography:  Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Minister for Public Health.

On 11 June 1987, Diane Abbott MP made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator.

In May 2010, Diane was re-elected in her constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and doubled her majority on an increased turn-out. In June 2010, she made the ballot for the Labour leadership contest and took part in the summer long campaign to elect the next Labour Leader.

Diane was appointed Shadow Minister for Public Health in 2010 responsible for a range of issues including children's health, maternity services, sexual health, tobacco, nursing, obesity and alcohol abuse.

She chairs the All Party Parliamentary British-Caribbean Group and the All Party Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Group and is founder of the London Schools and the Black Child Initiative, which aims to raise educational achievement levels amongst black children.



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