about us


Since 2017, our essay prize has facilitated critical black thought among young people. Through teaching, mentoring and coaching students we have exposed our students to a variety of Black academics, thinkers and artists, and we have supported and rewarded their responses to questions that relate to their lives as young Black British people 

Since, we have developed a series of programmes aimed at young Black people of different ages, resulting in a program that integrates a variety of creative mediums. Our approach is informed by leading educational and psychological research, and we employ these theories and findings to foster growth mindsets among our students. Our students walk away with a portfolio of work, armed with the knowledge, confidence and skills to enter, disrupt and elevate academic spaces. 

As Audre Lorde said we do not live single issues lives, so our teaching and readings span the many intersections between race, gender, capital, social movements, health and climate justice. 

Our syllabus centres essays, poetry, prose, film, music & visual art by Black thinkers and creatives. We hope to show students the rich tradition of critical, thought in our community and look forward to them creating work of their own. 

Our Aims

The five objectives of Thinking Black's programmes

What we offer

The resources, training and experiences we provide

We believe young people are a powerful creative force.

Together, let's radically imagine our future.


Our Aims 

  • Engage Black students in an intellectually rigorous program 

  • Expose students to culturally relevant and interdisciplinary sources and analysis

  • Empower students to articulate their viewpoints confidently and comprehensively using a variety of expressive mediums 

  • Equip students with the tools and resources to excel in their wider studies

  • Encourage competitive university applications by raising aspirations


What we offer

  • Lectures 

  • Writing & speaking skills workshops

  • Mentorship 

  • Reading and resources 

  • Prizes

  • Celebration Day


We need your support to continue our work.