IRR News has learnt that a university in the Midlands has stopped one of its student societies from using an iconic Black Power symbol on a poster advertising a Black History Month event at the university.
The society organising an event for Black History Month hit political censorship when posters designed for the event, which included the well-known Black Power clenched fist, were rejected by the university authorities as negative, unwelcoming and hostile. The university insisted that a more friendly image be used.
The Black Power fist symbolises radical movements in the 1960s and ’70s in the US and UK fighting state racism and oppression – a history rooted in thinkers and doers of the time such as Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. The image is from Black history so one would think it should be considered appropriate for a Black History Month event! Let us know what you think.