>> That's really important.>> It's been a long time coming. This is the first Black Studies degree course in Europe and it started this term at Birmingham City University Central England. That's nearly 50 years after the discipline emerged in the United States where it's now main stream.>> It's a bittersweet feeling in the sense that it's amazing that we've got it and it's here but it taken too long.
There's a gap. There's a lack of representation. There's a lack of academics within our field of study. So I am blessed again to be with these people, but it has taken too long.>> Protests forced black studies on to the US curriculum in the late 60s. In the UK student activism has grown.
The Why is My Curriculum White campaign and student demands to bring down Oxford University statute of fervent colonialist Cecil Rhodes.>> School shouldn't be a forgetting machine. Just a bit more acknowledgement cuz that's makes everybody feels a lot more whole and a lot more of a person when their history is recognized.
>> Black studies absence reveals the crisis at the heart of British Academia says tutor Kahindi Andrews. Birmingham City was rare in having six blacks specialists in the discipline. Of more than 18,000 professors in the UK fewer than a hundred are black British. A sense of the alienation causes black students to fall behind Andrews says.
>> One of the reasons the research is coming up to say no, is there is this curriculum, there is the fact that people don't feel a raise from the knowledge they're trying to engage with. So, I did a psychology on undergraduate degree, and didn't do as well as I should have done.
Because it was just too European. It was too narrow. I just couldn't engage in it. But I had the opportunity to do black psychology. I went to America and that's when I really found the subject I was really interested in. It's that reason I'm actually doing the job I'm doing today.
>> Andrew's team has launched a Black Studies Association with upcoming books and conferences hoping more universities will get on board.