On Tuesday 5th July, as part of our Outreach Programme, we were pleased to be able to open our doors to the wider community for a travelling exhibition entitled ‘Black Classicists’. The evening opened with a short talk by our Head of Classics, Sarah Bell. Sarah guided us through the exhibition with an introduction to a selection of extraordinary male and female Black Classicists, celebrated for paving the way to a new tradition of black intellectualism, before exploring the myths surrounding white supremacy in the ancient world.
“I felt it was important to bring this exhibition to Reigate College to give the local and College community an opportunity to explore how issues of equality and diversity relate to the ancient world,” explained Sarah Bell. “This is, of course, a complicated and emotive issue, but I hope the exhibition will go some way to opening up further discussion and interest in how issues of race are linked with the study of Classics.”
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Classics for All; a charity which encourages the teaching of classical subjects in state schools.
This exhibit was designed by Michele Valerie Ronnick, distinguished Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Its production costs were underwritten by the James Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University.