Cezanne Poetess is an award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist and highly acclaimed Author. Her work is a creative expression of her spiritual journey and personal development.
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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?” http://pridemagazine.com/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.
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 Sunset, Celeste-Marie Bernier painstakingly traces Pippin’s life story of art as a life story of war.
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!
Rhodes Must Fall Needs Your Support!
Time for action!
Oriel College, Oxford University: Remove the Racist Cecil Rhodes Statue!
Sign the petition, share the link!
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: http://chn.ge/1WkcooW).
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.
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 EOCC@redjel.co.uk for more information or text 0775 78 12 449
Ancient Africa’s Gift to: Law, Architecture, Mathematics, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
Books that have shaped the perception of people of African Peoples: Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, The Bible, Black Athena.
Magna Carta, is Ancient Africa’s Gift to the English.
Oxford African History Remembers, Honours and Salutes:
2015 Oxford African History Campaign: Don’t Bite the Apple
On sale: Delightful Caribbean food and drinks
Entry free: 5 pounds donation suggested to contribute toward future Afrikan (Black) History Season events.
Yesterday’s Black History Month Lecture organized at Pembroke College by Black Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Oxford University was inspiring as well as interesting.
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.
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.
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.
Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
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
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.