October marks Black History Month and whilst it's a time for us to recognise and celebrate the immense contributions that people of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage make to humanity, we believe this shouldn't just be limited to the month of October.
'In an ideal world, the month would not be necessary, because society, educational establishments and the national curriculum would fully recognise and appreciate the contribution of Black people throughout history. Sadly that is not the case,' says Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students' Officer.
'Therefore, October serves as a period of renewal for Black communities to connect with their people, cultures and recognise how much has been achieved so that we are inspired to continue creating such spaces and discussions.'
NUS spoke to a number of leading Black figures from a cross-section of society including Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Entrepreneur Dupsy Abiola, Hip-Hop star Akala, Black Panther photographer Neil Kenlock and academic Robbie Shilliam as the start of regular interviews into representation, barriers and Black history on NUS Connect.