Beca triumphs in Black History Month competition  

Solihull College & University Centre student poster competition in honour of Black History Month has crowned its winner after receiving fantastic submissions from across the College. 

Students were asked to create poster on the theme of black British history. Posters could be focussed on a particular event or historical figure and could be created digitally or by hand. 

A number of students from across the College took part including Graphic Design students Nida Malik, 17, who created a poster of Winnifred Atwell, a 1950s singer, artist and icon and Uzma Amin, who’s poster was hand drawn and inspired by Adelaide Hall, who was a huge influence on soul in Hollywood in the 1960s.  

Theodora Birliga, 17, chose Queen Charlotte, who has been called ‘the first black British queen’ and explored her struggles with identity loss, crowd judgement and more 

The overall winner of the competition was Beca ToneyLevel 2 Hair & Media Make-U student Beca, 16, stated: “For my poster design, I chose to look at 4 important Black Britons who made a big difference to our history.” Beca highlighted on her poster Mary Seacole, Harold Moody, Claudia Jones and Paul Stephenson OBE. 

Fatima Mai-Bornu the College’s BAME Officer, who was a judge for the competition commented: We want to thank everyone who took part in our competition. It was great to see so many amazing and informative posters. We really struggled to choose our favourite ones because they were all honestly so amazing. 

Grace Wynne Willson, Student Enrichment Co-ordinator added: “We are thrilled by the quality of entries to the competition and it has been fantastic to see students researching and learning about Black British History.