Upcoming Events 2017

The Black Cantabs Black History Month Dinner! 24 October, 7PM, Downing College

The Black Cantabs Research Society presents its annual Black History Month Dinner. In addition to meeting other black cantabs like yourself, join us to commemorate 30 Years of Black History Month, and celebrate past and present Black Cantabs that you rarely hear about...

Tickets available here!

  • Early Bird student tickets - £26 (sales end 21 Oct!)
  • Student tickets - £30
  • Professionals - £35

Festival of Ideas: The Black Cantabs Project Exhibition

16 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017

Launched in 2015, the Black Cantab Project documents and features the diverse and rich histories of these pioneering scholars. This exhibition highlights the records of distinguished black alumni, many of whom went on to play prominent roles in the sciences, law and politics all over the world and most commonly in Africa, the United States and the West Indies. Some notable figures include: Gloria Cumper from Jamaica who studied Law at Girton in 1945, becoming the first black woman to study law at Cambridge and going on to establish the University of West Indies Law department. Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford of Peterhouse College studied law in 1893. A prominent leader in the Ghanaian independence movement, he is known for his contributions to Pan-Africanism theories. Many more of the important achievements of past students are traced and featured in this exhibition.

Visit this exhibition to explore and enjoy the visual display, and learn more about the history of black scholarship at Cambridge.

More information available at:

Past Events

Black Cantabs - ASCU Social! 7 Oct., Q Bar, Queens' College.

A Black Cantab returns! 4 October 2017, Sociology Department, Seminar Room, 12.30 - 3pm

A Black Cantab returns! Dr Onoso Imoagene, author of Beyond Expectations was back to give a talk on second generation Nigerians in Britain and the US.

Check out parts of our conversation with her below:

More information on the Department Website:

The Black Cantabs Monthly Speaker Series

  1. Brigitte Sesu Tilley Gyado, 27 April, Heong Gallery, Downing College.

Jointly hosted by the Black Cantabs, African Society of Cambridge University and the Centre of African Studies, this will be the second in the Black Cantabs Speaker Series featuring Ms. Brigitte Sesu Tilley Gyado, a British Nigerian writer and social entrepreneur (and alumna of Robinson College, 2004) to Cambridge to share her work in tech, micro-financing, and gender rights in Africa.

This occasion also celebrates the contemporary African Art collection at the Heong Gallery which highlights emerging African artists from over a dozen countries on the continent ( The works are presented though multiple media including photography, painting, sculpture and film. With pieces that explore everyday life, politics, human rights, LGBT +, representation and identity, this exhibition has been described as impactful, provocative and playful.

The Black Cantabs Exhibition at 2017 Africa Together, 10 June, Cambridge Union

Past Events

  • Dr. Michael Eze, 17 March, Queens' College-March 17, 2017

Dr Eze is a philosopher studying a second Phd in Politics at the Politics Department. He will give a talk on the intellectual legacies of Alexander Crummell, Cambridge's first black scholar who studied at Queens'in 1849. Alexander Crummell made immense contribution in moral philosophy according to the Stanford Encyclopedia though his work is often unrecognised. Dr Eze will look at Crummell's work as a philosopher

For more information on this talk, please take a look at the Black Cantabs Speaker Series Page (

The Black Cantabs Project Website Launch, 27 February, Queens' College Erasmus Room

The Black Cantabs Exhibition at the ACS Affair, 10 March, Hilton Hotel

Older Black Cantabs Events

October 30, 2015
The Launch of the Black Cantabs Society

alt Queens' College President, Lord Eatwell at the launch of the society.

alt The co-founders of the Black Cantabs Society. From left to right, Njoki Wamai, Eva Namusoke, Siana Bangura and Nnenda Chinda.

February 2016, The Black Cantabs Inaugural Dinner to celebrate Black History Month


Black Cantabs Participation in Decolonise Cambridge Events and publications

The Black Cantabs Exhibition at Queens’ College Dining Hall