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Trinity hosted a series of events and activities to coincide with Black History Month this October, and for the finale we welcomed former student Jaden Haynes (Class of 2017) to speak to students at History Society. 

Jaden studied Spanish and History at Edinburgh and completed a MA History master’s course at Manchester. Whilst there he was commissioned by the university to write an article exploring the legacies of slavery at the University of Manchester, with the Emerging Scholars Programme.  

During History Society, Jaden presented a compelling and insightful talk entitled “Black (and) British.” He delved into thought-provoking subjects such as the concept of race as a social construct, the relevance of the British Empire, the evolving definition of British identity, and the long history of multiculturalism in Britain. Jaden also shed light on the example of the three Black football players who missed crucial penalties at the UEFA Euro 2020 final and faced both vilification and racist abuse. 

The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Jaden, and were really engaged, asking many questions about identity. The talk left a lasting impression, and we hope fostered a greater understanding of the complexities surrounding these issues. 

As ever, it was enlightening to bring in an external – but familiar – speaker to share their perspective on contemporary topics. We’d like to thank Jaden for coming in to inspire our students and raise awareness of Black culture and heritage for Black History Month. 

 

The ‘Founders and Funders: Slavery and the building of a University’ exhibition that Jaden was involved with as part of the Emerging Scholars Programme opened at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in September 2023. It explores how profits from slave trading, ownership of enslaved people, and manufacturing with slave-grown cotton funded the cultural and educational development of Manchester.  Read more about the exhibition here. 


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