Ronke Lawal asks Do Black Women Need To Leave The UK To Be Successful?

Do Black Women Need To Leave The UK To Be Successful?

by Ronke Lawal

In April 2014 I was quoted in Pride Magazine (not a cover girl yet but I’m working on it) “Do Black Women Have To Leave The UK To Be Successful?”
Unfortunately I cannot find a link to the full article online but here is an image from the print version. The piece looks at the high number of black women who leave the UK for overseas, in particular The USA to find success.

In the piece I was quite adamant that black women should really be focusing on their countries of origin for love and support, with so many opportunities across Africa and The Caribbean I could see why I said it. Whilst I still think, as members of the Diaspora black women should look to our countries of origin for support & opportunities, I must say that I am now more passionate than ever for Black women to be recognised in their birth countries or their countries of residence. As black women in UK and indeed across Europe struggle to be acknowledged the fight is tough but certainly worth fighting.

We do not live in a vacuum and deserve to be given the same opportunities as women from all backgrounds. We should not have to leave The UK to find success. It’s a challenge but if we all leave to go to The US who will be left to fight for the equality of future generations.

 Ronke Lawal asks Do Black Women Need To Leave The UK To Be Successful?
Pride Anika April14 Ronke Lawal asks Do Black Women Need To Leave The UK To Be Successful?
What do you think? Do Black Women Need To Leave The UK To Be Successful?

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Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin

RAI Book Launch – 23rd November, 5 – 6.30pm
Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Nottingham)

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For self-made artist and soldier Horace Pippin— His ability to transform combat service into canvases of emotive power, psychological depth, and realism showed not only how he viewed the world but also his mastery as a painter. In Suffering and SunsetCeleste-Marie Bernier painstakingly traces Pippin’s life story of art as a life story of war.

Illustrated with more than sixty photographs, including works in various mediums—many in full color—this is the first intellectual history and cultural biography of Pippin. Working from newly discovered archives and unpublished materials, Bernier provides an in-depth investigation into the artist’s development of an alternative visual and textual lexicon and sheds light on his work in its aesthetic, social, and political contexts.
Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nottingham, England. She is the author of “Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination “, ” African American Visual Arts: From Slavery to the Present“, and Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora (Liverpool Studies in International Slavery)

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Race and Resistance and Rhodes Must Fall petition and protest tomorrow

logo Race and Resistance and Rhodes Must Fall petition and protest tomorrow

Hey folks,

For those who don’t know me, I’m the founder and organizer of the Oxford Pan-African Forum (OXPAF). I’ve been active in the movement for Black Lives in the UK and an active participant in the Race and Resistance seminar for the past 2 years. I am also a founding member of Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford, and it is in this latter capacity that I’m appealing to you now. On this Friday, 6th November at 12pm, we will demonstrate outside Oriel College, Oxford and present a petition demanding the statue of Cecil Rhodes – a brutal, racist colonial oppressor – be taken down.

Our appeal will be strengthened to the extent that we have more signatures on the petition we deliver, so I humbly request that you take a moment and add your signature:…

Thanks for all your hard work for the cause of race (consciousness) and resistance!


Brian Kwoba

Rhodes Must Fall Needs Your Support!

1. Petition

Time for action!
Oriel College, Oxford University: Remove the Racist Cecil Rhodes Statue!
Sign the petition, share the link!



2. Action

6th November 2015, we will demonstrate outside Oriel College, Oxford to demand the glorifying statue of Cecil Rhodes – a brutal, racist colonial oppressor – be taken down.We will assemble in Oriel Square at 12pm. We want to make sure that those at Oriel College can’t ignore us, so make sure you arrive prepared to BRING THE NOISE: come armed with whistles, drums, pots, pans, wooden spoons and your loudest chanting voice. We will give the Oriel College Provost until to come out and publicly accept our petition (which can be found and signed here:

The veneration of a racist murderer on our campus violates the university’s own commitment to “fostering an inclusive culture” for its black and minority ethnic students. It is also an overbearing, visual reminder of the colonial apologism rife in one of the world’s most esteemed educational institutions. So long as these statues are allowed to stand, we as a society can never begin the process of recognising the violence of our past.Cecil Rhodes: your time has come. You must fall. You will fall.



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Artwell’s Contribution to Oxford’s African History Month 2015

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015

Time: 17.00 – 21.00

Place: United Reform Church Hall, Oxford Road, Cowley 0X4 2ES (near Temple Cowley Library)

Email for more information or text 0775 78 12 449

Ancient Africa’s Gift to: Law, Architecture, Mathematics, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

  • This is a 45 minute slide introduction to Africa’s Gifts

Books that have shaped the perception of people of African Peoples: Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, The Bible, Black Athena.

  • This 30 minute presentation is based on slides and will be a brief introduction.

Magna Carta, is Ancient Africa’s Gift to the English.

  • A brief introduction to Africa’s contribution to Magna Carta and looking at the legal protection granted to the English by Magna Carta. We will ask the question. In this New World Ordered planet, should we be concerned at the loss of Magna Carta protection today? We will ask for a response to this question from the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Communist Party and UKIP Party.

Oxford African History Remembers, Honours and Salutes:

  • Ms Sandra Blank – the voice of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the United States
  • Mr Jimmy Mubenga – devoted father of 5 killed by G4S
  • Mr Mark Duggan – killed while being unarmed in Tottenham

2015 Oxford African History Campaign: Don’t Bite the Apple

  • As of this year, Apple is not the richest corporation on planet Earth. We love it’s Apple I phone and so on. But, Apple’s profits would not be possible without the labour of children in the Congo who damage their lungs mining the precious metal without which our phones and computers would not work. Join in writing to Apple asking them to stop using children as miners; use some of Apple’s vast profits to create infrastructure in the Congo and ensure that the miners of the Congo receive market values for the precious metals which Apple needs.

On sale: Delightful Caribbean food and drinks

Entry free: 5 pounds donation suggested to contribute toward future Afrikan (Black) History Season events.

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Telling it like it was – Dr. Hakim Adi

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Yesterday’s Black History Month Lecture organized at Pembroke College by Black Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Oxford University was inspiring as well as interesting.

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The Pichette Auditorium was filled with a healthy mix of students, staff and community to listen to Dr. Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at Chichester University, talk about The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and its significance today.

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My biggest take away is the Manchester Pan-African Congress was a congress for working people and not intended to be a gathering of academics, intellectuals and doctors and lawyers.

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British history and anti-racist campaigning A discussion event

 British history and anti racist campaigning A discussion event

We are pleased to announce that our first event ‘British history and anti-racist campaigning‘ will be held at the Marx Memorial Library, London EC1 on Tuesday October 20th at 6.30pm until 8pm. Please go to our Eventbrite page to register. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

This event is inspired by listening to anti-racist campaigners say that their work is hampered by a general lack of historical knowledge in respect of Empire and colonialism amongst the white British public. In order to explore this more fully, the event will bring together four speakers to examine the relationship between the white general public’s understanding of British history and anti-racist campaigning work. Since the point of the event is to assist historians in directing their research in socially responsible and useful ways, the speakers will be campaigners, journalists, and educationalists rather than academic historians. The panel members will each approach the topic from a different vantage point based on their experiences and will speak for 10-15 minutes each. After which, the discussion will be opened up for the next hour or so to include the floor.


Kiri Kankhwende: ‘How the lack of a historical perspective fuels racist media narratives about migrants’.
Kiri is a journalist and immigration and human rights campaigner.

Rita Chadha: Title tbc.
Rita is the Chief Executive of RAMFEL.

John Siblon: ‘Losing and gaining the British Empire in the classroom’.
John is a Sixth Form History Teacher in London and PhD candidate.

Suresh Grover: ‘Before My Memory Dies: The Persistence of Imperial Racism’
Suresh is Director of the The Monitoring Group and a Civil Rights campaigner and will explore how the role of the British Empire remains invisible in understanding the cause and impact of racism in UK today.

Event Info:

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
Time: 6.30pm8pm
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

Format: 4 speakers (10-15 mins each), followed by an open discussion with the floor

Eventbrite: Register here
Facebook: Applied History Network
Website: Applied History Network

The Applied History Network is a group of PhD students and early career researchers committed to politically engaged history. We put on regular evening events in London which aim to apply an historical perspective to contemporary events and debates.

The event grew out of conversations started at the ‘what is radical history?’ conference at Birkbeck in March 2015. In an effort to carry on these important debates, we put on free events every two months in central London. We have events scheduled for 20 October 2015, 1 December 2015, February 2016, April 2016 and June 2016.

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