MOBO Award-winning rapper to deliver Magna Carta speech to local students

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A Magna Carta Challenge

Tomorrow (18 June), Oxford Brookes will be hosting a Magna Carta symposium for secondary school students across Oxfordshire.

The symposium is just one of the events organised by Oxford Brookes for local schools and colleges throughout the nationwide celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, in partnership with the Magna Carta 800th Committee. The aim of these activities is to engage young people with the Magna Carta and the issues it still represents today. 

Approximately 120 students across Years 9-13 from Oxford Spires Academy, Cheney School, Wallingford Academy, Rye St Antony, Mabel Prichard School, Headington School and St Edwards, will take part in the symposium in John Henry Brookes building on the Headington Campus tomorrow. 

The symposium will start with a key-note speech by the MOBO Award-winning rapper Akala. As well as being a hugely successful rap artist, Akala is also an acclaimed journalist, poet and historian. He regularly speaks about issues relating to the Magna Carta, such as human rights and freedom of speech.

“The Modern Magna Carta Challenge is an invitation to young people in Oxfordshire to create their own Magna Carta reflecting the rights, liberties and freedoms they believe people should have today.

Daniel Whyley, UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a choice of workshops delivered by Oxford Brookes academics covering topics such as ‘British Values: Past and Present’, ‘A Right to Education’ and ‘1215-2015: 800 Years and Still no Democracy’. 

In addition to the symposium, academics and members of the University’s UK Recruitment and Partnerships Team have been delivering workshops in schools and colleges as part of the ‘Modern Magna Carta Challenge’. 

Daniel Whyley, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer from UK Recruitment and Partnerships said: “The Modern Magna Carta Challenge is an invitation to young people in Oxfordshire to create their own Magna Carta reflecting the rights, liberties and freedoms they believe people should have today. 

“The work that has since been produced is both excellent and inspirational and it will be displayed in a special ‘A Modern Magna Carta’ exhibition at Oxford Brookes and the Museum of Oxford this summer.”

The dates of the exhibition are as follows:
The Glass Tank, Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University
Monday 22 June - Friday 24 July
Open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

The Museum of Oxford Gallery, Oxford Town Hall
Wednesday 29 July - Thursday 20 August
Open 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday

Admission to both exhibitions is free and open to all. 

More information about Oxford Brookes’ activities celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta can be found on the University webpages and the University’s Magna Carta blog.

Image: A Modern Magna Carta exhibit by Year 4 at St Michael’s CE Primary School, Oxford