Student at Washington, D.C. Historically Black College and University Designs BEAN Logo

A graphic design student at the University of the District of Columbia created the logo for the Black European Academic Network (BEAN). In line with its commitment to engage African Diaspora communities, the organization challenged students to design a logo, which would reflect BEAN’s identity and purpose. A total of six designs were submitted. The selected piece was created by Teraesa Holland.


DON’T MISS: BEAN in Finland, University of Tampere, (6-8 July 2017)

BEAN is pleased to announce its participation in the sixth biennial network conference Afroeuropeans: Black cultures and identities in Europe and its organization of the session panel WRITING AND TRANSLATING NEW AFRICAN DIASPORA AND BLACK IDENTITIES IN EUROPE

Confirmed keynotes speakers:

Pr. Paul Gilroy (King’s college, London), Pr. Elisa Joy White (University of California at Davis, ASWAD), Dr. Henry Mainsah (The Oslo school of architecture and Design), Domenica Ghidei Biidu (ECRI) and Johny Pitts ( View preliminary program:


BEAN Awarded ECF Grant 2017 for BLACKPRINT EU

The third “Idea Camp” organized by the European Cultural Foundation and co-produced by Platoniq and the City of Madrid took place in Madrid (Spain) from 1st to 3rd March 2017. Individuals from across Europe and its neighbouring countries were brought together under the motto “Moving Communities,” with the goal of contributing to building societies with greater equality and translating common sense into sustainable inclusive policies. The Black European Academic Network (BEAN) was among 50 selected “Idea Makers” invited to participate and share creative and progressive ideas. During three days, guest experts, the hubs in the “Connected Action for the Commons” network, and a group of representatives from European municipalities, exchanged thoughts and challenges, learned from one another and highlighted voices excluded from public debate and decision-making processes. The programme was articulated through a number of activities, including workshops facilitated by local collectives and the “Idea Camp Team,” idea development sessions, walks in the neighbourhood, collective discussions, and meetings with local organisations. After the “Idea Camp” the “Idea Makers” were invited to develop project proposals and apply for a research and development grant. We are happy to announce that our first major project, BLACKPRINT EU was one of 25 ideas selected.

BLACKPRINT EU is a virtual, interactive story-map that reflects the lives of Black Europeans, their communities and experiences. The project is intended to critique, inspire and pave the way for a better understanding of Europe from a Black intellectual perspective. Using mapping as a tool BLACKPRINT EU will connect, preserve and curate the “unsung and unseen” contributions of Black Europeans and foster opportunities for exchange between each of these communities as well as between communities of varying ethnicities. In this sense, BLACKPRINT EU is a tool of empowerment. The goal is to have Black Europeans take ownership of their social realities, to address issues of intolerance and discrimination, as well as to reveal stories of success and triumph. BLACKPRINT EU is also an educational tool that will provide the larger European community with knowledge about their fellow citizens. By initially focusing on Berlin, Paris and London, the multi-lingual project will be local, regional and national in scope and offer an overall view of the past, present, and future of these three Black metropolises. BEAN will be gathering data through collaborations with individuals as well as local community organizations such as your own. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us:

We look forward to hearing from you soon!