Civil Rights
Friday, November 17, 2017 –

12:30pm to 2:00pm
St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, OX2 6GG


The TORCH Race and Resistance programme are hosting a film screening of ‘Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights‘. Reflections Unheard is a feature-length documentary which focuses on black women’s marginalization between the Black Power and Feminist movements of the 1960s and 70s. It is the first and only film of its kind to focus exclusively on black women’s experiences and contributions during the Civil Rights era. Reflections Unheard has screened in various universities and festivals globally. The Film’s Director, Nevline Nnaji, has consistently hosted thought-provoking discussion panels, and talk-backs with audiences around the world, including a special event hosted by the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Congo in conjunction with the 2016 Tazama Film Festival. The Black International Cinema Berlin Film Festival awarded Reflections Unheard with “Best Film on Matters Related to the Black/Marginalized Experience” in 2014.

Note: this event will be taking place at the St. Luke’s Chapel in front of the Radcliffe Humanities  Building

Contact name:
Evan Matsuyama
Open to all


Hat Tip: Irene Opira


Brussels, 8 November 2017

Over 26 West African females, suspected to be from Nigeria and aged 14-18, have been found dead in the Mediterranean Sea in the recent days. The death of migrants at sea, from being a “tragedy” once, has now become a “norm” in Europe.

In the case of Sub Saharan females whose lives have been lost en route to Europe, it is an outcome of the border management aggressively pursued by the European institutions. It is also an outcome of systemic male violenceperpetrated against women at every stage of their journeys, outside and within Europe.

While the Italian authorities are investigating this criminal case, European Network of Migrant Women condemns, in strongest terms, this act of Violence against Women, and is calling for timely, lawful and effective investigation in which the primacy of human rights should be respected above “security”, “political” and “economic” motives, in accordance with the EU Treaties and Charter of Rights.


WE DEMAND that this act of violence is recognised for what it is – Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Femicide, i.e. murder of women motivated by patriarchal attitudes towards females as a group that sanctions treating women as male property to be owned, exploited, violated and deprived of life.

WE DEMAND that the perpetrators of this act of violence are brought to justice in full strictness of available laws, including the Istanbul Convention, EU Anti-Trafficking Directive, EU Victims Rights Directive, CEDAW, UN 1949 Convention, Palermo Protocol and Geneva Convention.

WE DEMAND that the authorities responsible for restoring justice to those victims who have survived as well as the families of those who have not, do so by actively cooperating with the specialised services – feminist experts on VAWG, women’s shelters, migrant women organisations – as stipulated in the European laws and policies.

WE DEMAND that the European authorities recognise the devastating impact of militarisation of European borders, stop imposing financial pressure on external governments to “manage migration”, and put an end to EU subsidising “detention centres” in Africa that have now become unofficial trafficking, sexual exploitation and slave markets.

WE DEMAND that now, as Europe is coming towards the end of Year of Focused Action to Combat Violence against Women, the European authorities explicitly acknowledge the links between the European market of prostitution, Trafficking in women, Violence and Femicide, and commit to concrete actions to eliminate these inter-connected forms of VAWG.

WE DEMAND that those men in Europe who demand sexual access to female bodies through commercial transactions are finally held accountable for their anti-woman and anti-human-rights attitudes and behaviour.


It is for these men that the women are trafficked to Europe. It is because of these men, they are now dead. It is these men, along with the traffickers and exploiters, not their victims, who have to be called to justice.


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An analysis of the current decadence of the West and of the redeeming role that Africa could play alongside the Old Continent

Elisabeth Tchoungui

An analysis of the current decadence of the West and of the redeeming role that Africa could play alongside the Old Continent.
Monday 13 November ’17

« Which lesson can we draw from the ambiguous adventure of the encounter of our people with those who imposed themselves through the force and violence of history? Or simply put, which lesson is to be drawn from colonization?»

This question was central to the renowned novel by Cheikh Hamidou Kane, L’Aventure Ambigüe, published in 1961, and equally permeates in the passionate essay recently published by Hamidou Sall, L’Occident Ambigu.

Hamidou Sall is the nephew of Cheick Hamidou Kane, writer, and poet from Senegal, and he pursues here the fundamental reflection started in the wave of the Independences of Africa. As the spiritual son of Leopold Sedar Senghor and Aimé Césaire, he analyses the current decadence of the West and the redeeming role that Africa could play alongside the Old Continent.

During this literary evening, Sall invites us to share his reflection and participate in an exchange with Congolese author In Koli Jean Bofane and Lilian Thuram, former football player and director of Foundation Lilian Thuram – Education contre le racisme. The actress Bwanga Pili Pili, accompanied by kora player Mamadou Dramé, will read some extracts of the book L’Occident ambigu.

The evening will be moderated by Elisabeth Tchoungui, French-Cameroonian journalist, producer, and writer.

Elisabeth Tchoungui
Born Washington DC, USA, in 1974, Élizabeth Tchoungui is a writer, journalist and television presenter for the French television. She is currently director of the department of News, Arts, Music and Literature of France 24 channel. In 2010, she publishes Bamako Climax that won the Prize Orange du Livre.
Date : Monday 13 November ’17, 20:00

Place : Hall M, Center for Fine Arts, rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels

Price : free entrance, registration

Language : French, English

Partner : Fondation George Arthur Forrest

Oxford African History Celebration (OAHC) 2017

Oxford African History Celebration (OAHC) 2017

Oxford African History Month

Saturday 18th November; From 2.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Church Hall of the NT Church of God, Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford. (Next to Cowley Social/Pool Club).


With the release of October’s Race Disparity Audit (RDA) from the Prime Minister, and the September publication of the Lammy Review, into the unacceptable treatment of African heritage people in the criminal justice system.  The report reveals devastatingly limited life chances for English people of African heritage.  The aim of this year’s OAHC 2017 is to create a regional organisation which responds to the concerns of English Born People of African Caribbean Heritage (EBPACH).     ALL are welcome to attend and share. 

Oxford African History Month


2.00 pm: Welcome Presentation and Introduction

(1)  2.15- 3.15 pm: Presentation and Discussion: Nigeria

Artwell’s paper on Nigeria; Oil Rich, Bright confident people with the largest population in Africa.  What can the history of independent Nigerian governments teach us today about African nation building?

3.15 – 4.00 p.m. Book Review:

Book 1: “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Longlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017

A timely and essential new framework on how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing and illuminating exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Book 2: “Single, Spiritual …… and Sexual” by Cezanne Taharqa Poetess.

The compelling story of the search, by an English born woman of Caribbean heritage, for spirituality and love.

Book 3: “Britain’s Black Debt. Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide by Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice -Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Committee. This is the first scholarly work to look comprehensively at the reparations discussion in the Caribbean, and is required reading for all African heritage people.

Oxford African History Month

4.00 – 4.30 p.m. Tea break

(2) 4.30 – 5.30 p.m.    Here today, but what is the vision for tomorrow?

With the march of a far less caring social society, and with the advance of urban gentrification, EBPACH require specific leadership.  However, EBPACH have no national speakers or representative; no national Charity; no national political organisation; no cultural or spiritual leadership.

The Russell Group of Universities employ very few EBPACH as academics, and those with higher educational qualifications struggle to gain employment commensurate with their knowledge. According to the recent Lammy Review, chaired by Rt Hon David Lammy MP, our youth account for 41% of the prison population and the Treasury spends £300 million annually incarcerating our neglected youth.

Local people (pastors and activists) have been asked to speak for ten minutes on the position EBPACH hold in English society today, and express their future vision for EBPACH.

5:30 – 6.30 p.m. Caribbean Curry Goat, Fruit & Drink to purchase

(3) 6.30 – 7.15 p.m.  Discussion: How can African, Caribbean heritage people protect their children from Secularism?

African and Caribbean people have embraced the Bible and the Koran.  How should African Caribbean heritage people protect their children from the demands of aggressive secularism which opposes the Creator in favour of Darwin’s theory; and with the teaching of practices opposed in the Bible and the Koran.  What should be the correct response of African Caribbean heritage people?

Oxford African History Month

(4)   7.15 – 7 45 p.m. The Life and enormous contribution to music of

QUINCY JONES: Big Band Leader; Trumpeter, Film Scores, Off the Wall.

(5)             7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

Artwell’s Paper on how African American males are presented in the Media, by looking at the extraordinary life of the Boxing champion, MIKE TYSON.

Reference: Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography”

8:30 – 9.00 p.m. Final call for activists

Food, networking, greeting strangers, with background music.For further info contact: Email: ; Mob: 0775 78 12 449

This event is Free, but OAHC would appreciate your generosity in donating to help with our campaigns.  The NT Church has given their premises without charge and OAHC would like to contribute to their funds.

Photos from Twitter.

I am from South Africa and I am a Marie Curie Fellow – Yolanda Mthembu

Source: SwedenBIO

When I finally moved to Sweden, I realised that there was more to Sweden than the cold weather.

Yolanda Mthembu
Yolanda Mthembu, PhD Candidate University of Gothenburg (Sahlgrenska Academy)

Describe your roll at the company, and briefly your background / experience of living and working in other countries.

– I am from South Africa and I am a Marie Curie Fellow, currently undertaking a PhD at the Biomedicine Institute at Gothenburg University in Sweden after having been awarded an Initial Training Network (ITN) grant. My previous education include a BSc Honours (Medicine) Biochemistry, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town as well as a Bachelor Degree and National Diploma in Biomedical Technology from Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town.

What expectations did you have before moving to Sweden?

– I first visited Sweden in 2011 for a research collaboration project. Prior to the trip to Sweden, I had a brief understanding of the Swedish culture. My first impression was that everything was expensive; the weather was very cold, wet and dark. The language was too hard to understand, and funny too.

– I never imagined that I would stay in Sweden, although the prospect of me pursuing a PhD in Sweden or any other country, besides my own, would have been a positive move for my career. People seemed cold, kept to themselves and did not speak to each other, at least in my observation.

Read the full interview on SwedenBIO.