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Black History Month at Oxford Brookes - October 2021 We are pleased to share a varied and stimulating programme of events hosted by the University during October. The programme has been developed, organised and curated by a volunteer project team led by our BAME Staff Network.
The programme will be delivered online (in person events are highlighted) and while this changes the experience of coming together, it also enables many more colleagues, students, friends and community members to join us - locally, nationally and internationally. Everyone is welcome.
Staff and students can also visit our page of Race and Anti-racism resources withinin the Oxford Brookes EDI wepages and the Anti-racism Reading List created by the Library. If you'd like to suggest resources for inclusion on the Anti-racism Reading List please complete this Google form.
Friday 1 October, 6.00pm - 7.00pm An online dance workshop run by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The mambo, cha cha cha, rumba and salsa are all Latin American dances that you've no doubt heard of. Perhaps you've even enjoyed watching your favourite celebrities perform these fascinating routines during popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing or Dancing With The Stars? Well, did you know these dances are rooted in African traditions and heritage? Here's a wonderful opportunity to try out some of these classic dance moves yourself.
This practical online workshop will introduce you to various forms of Afro-Cuban dance traditions. While practising different movements representing the Orisahas (deities from the African traditions brought to Cuba), your instructor will discuss the dance form’s history and its importance to each movement. Through a series of guided movements, each participant will be encouraged to embrace the Afro-cuban music, savour the cultural context and release the dancer within.
Registration available soon »
Tuesday 5 October, 7.00pm - 8.00pm The fascinating and vibrant series of movements known as Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Originally practiced by Africans enslaved in Brazil, it has since become celebrated and practiced around the world.
Abolição Oxford Capoeira is pleased to present a Capoeira workshop which will include an introduction to the history and context of Capoeira as well as the opportunity to safely learn and practice Capoeira techniques and principal movements. No experience is needed and this class is suitable for complete beginners.
Abolição Oxford Capoeira provides classes, workshops and performances and contributes to the wider promotion of the Brazilian martial and cultural art form in Oxford. You can find out more about them at www.capoeira-uk.com.
Further sessions will be held on:
Location: The Studio, Brookes Sport Headington
Registration available soon »
Thursday 7 October, 12.00pm - 1.00pm The pretence is wearing thin In this green and pleasant land No room to move No room to breathe In this green and pleasant land
What does it take to enable us to feel safe, to feel at home, or to feel like we ‘belong’ in whatever environment we find ourselves in?
Euton Daley (Unlock the Chains Collective) and Amantha Edmead (Kuumba Nia Arts) will lead an interactive session on the theme of 'belonging', supported by Rachel Barbaresi from Oxford Brookes' School of Arts. This workshop will explore some of the realities of living in an unfair, unjust and unequal world and will examine whether your sense of belonging is dependent on how you feel about yourself or how others feel about you. Drawing on poetry and performance with insights from therapeutic models and coping strategies for psychological safety, this session will be thought-provoking, deep-thinking, and enriching.
This is our perspective, i.e. through the lens of an African heritage experience of racism. However, the session is open to all who have experienced or observed discrimination of any kind.
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Tuesday 12 October, 6.00pm - 7.30pm A screening of excerpts from the documentary film on the history of the Notting Hill Carnival exploring the surrounding discourse and media commentary. Tony Oldham, award winning filmmaker of two films on the Notting Hill Carnival (Arts of Conflict and A People's Art) will join Dr Nicole Ferdinand from Oxford Brookes Business School (who is featured in both films) for a discussion of key aspects of the significance and meaning of Europe's biggest street festival: Notting Hill Carnival.
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Thursday 14 October, 12.00pm - 1.00pm Amani Simpson is an award-winning storyteller, social entrepreneur and youth coach. His social enterprise Aviard Inspires CIC, exists to empower young people through personal development, digital media and enrichment opportunities.
Amani will share his story with a focus on overcoming, finding your true, authentic self and standing tall. He will also talk about his recently released film that is based on his experience being stabbed seven times when he intervened in a friend’s dispute over stolen goods that quickly escalated out of control and saw him confronted by a 20-strong gang.
Amani uses his inspiring story, lived experience and expertise in youth engagement to transform lives and reach broad audiences of often underserved youth within his community and across the UK.
Tuesday 19 October, 6.00pm - 7.30pm Join us for a special musical celebration with Rebeca Omordia and Leon Bosch.
Nigerian-Romanian virtuoso pianist Rebeca Omordia is changing the face of classical music. In 2019 Rebeca founded the first African Concert Series in London. The series featured a collaboration with the South African internationally-acclaimed double bass virtuoso, Leon Bosch, creator of "The South African Double Bass" project.
In this session, Rebeca and Leon will discuss their distinct journeys, the influences on their work and its socio-cultural impacts, illustrated with musical examples.
Professor Marius Turda and Dr Graham van Wyk will host and engage in the conversation with opportunities for Q&A.
Wednesday 20 October, 6.00pm - 7.30pm What does it truly mean to be Black or Brown in Britain in 2021? What can we learn from the legacies of the generations that came before us, and what can we do to ensure we have every reason to be a proud Black or Brown person living in Britain.
David Olusoga is the award-winning author, and presenter whose contributions to Britain's black history are defining. Currently the Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, Olusoga has committed to bringing essential topics, such as Windrush, slavery and the empire, to the forefront of conversations.
Thursday 21 October How do we decolonise architectural education in the UK? Race in Architectural Education is a one-day symposium with a workshop and keynote speaker at Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture. Conceived by a new steering group for the collaboration between Place, Culture and Identity research group and Black in Architecture research unit, the symposium will highlight work at the school, invite external work, and initiate dialogue among academics, students, professionals and those working in architecture and related disciplines.
This event is organised by the Place, Culture and Identity research group in collaboration with Black in Architecture research, as part of a series of research impact activities programmed for the academic year 2021/2022. Black in Architecture is a new research community, hosted by the Place, Culture and Identity research group at Oxford Brookes University. The research initiative is exploring racial equity and aims to create an industry Charter and approach to help address race and systemic racism in UK architecture. The inaugural symposium and workshop will bring together practitioners, academics and students of architecture to share current work and catalyse action for change.
PhD candidate and Architect, Juliet Sakyi-Ansah, founder of Black in Architecture, said: “I want Black in Architecture to directly influence change at decision-making levels by amplifying the voices of those who experience systemic racism. I am passionate about architecture, but as an industry it needs to be more receptive to diversity. Now is the time to include all the voices and experiences of all ethnic minority groups in architecture.” Juliet Sakyi-Ansah - https://blackinarchitecture.uk/
Register via the symposium website »
25 October, 6.00pm - 7.30pm A conversation with Lettija Lee, Sherilyn Carter and Elizabeth Solaru, hosted Dr Yue Ang, Oxford Brookes.
Lettija is a TV presenter and expert in entertainment law, Sherilyn is a social media content coach, and Elizabeth is the founder of Elizabeth's Cake Emporium, one of the best luxury cake companies in the world.
3 November, 6.00pm - 7.00pm Dr Lawrence Davies examines blues musicians’ experiences of travel, and reflects on how blues has responded to global questions of class, race, solidarity, and exploitation.
Lawrence Davies is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University.
17 November, 6.00pm - 7.00pm Shaista Aziz is a journalist, writer and women’s rights and anti-racism campaigner. Shaista specialises in working alongside marginalised communities across the country to build community campaigns tackling inequalities, racism and bigotry. Join us for this exciting event, which is co-hosted with Oxford Human Rights Festival and the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), and marks Inter Faith Week 2021.
Registration via Zoom »
Wednesday 29 September, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Save the date for the first in a series of open dialogues. Please note this event is for Brookes staff only.
The Vice-Chancellor and senior leaders, in collaboration with the BAME Staff Network and the Anti-racism Action Group, will host an online discussion forum for all Oxford Brookes staff.
This session, the first in a series of open dialogues, aims to support improved communication, accountability and transparency in relation to the University’s approach, progress and goals on race equity.
What you can expect:
This first Race Equality Forum is open to all Brookes staff. Future events will be designed to also include and engage our student community.
If you have any queries regarding the session or if you would like to pre-submit a question for the Forum please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register via Zoom » (available to Brookes staff only)
Christian O’Connell and Michael Roach discuss the significance of the Paul Oliver collection. From the Creative Industries Festival 2021.
Caribbean legacies and creativity in Oxford - Conversation with Euton Daley (Unlock the Chains Collective), Amantha Edmead (Kuumba Nia Arts) and Haroun Shah (Nostalgia Steelband and Carnival Club) on the history and futures of Caribbean cultural forms, arts and intellectual thought. From the Creative Industries Festival 2021.
For those of you who missed the annual Windrush Day Memorial Lecture led by Dr Dianne Regisford and Dr Rose Sinclair around the theme of belonging, you can now view the full recording on YouTube.
A series of lectures on sub-Saharan sculpture by Natty Mark Samuels, founder of the African School, a Cultural Educational project providing teaching in African Studies, to the general community; focusing on pre-colonial sub-Saharan societies. In collaboration with Fusion Arts Oxford.
An open educational resource hub for Black and Asian British writing today.
Events, resources and features
To August 2022 at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
Crafted over cups of tea, this installation amplifies the stories, lives and resilience of Oxford’s communities, particularly those of Oxford’s Windrush generation and African Caribbean community, many of whom have family links to the transatlantic slave trade. Local residents, students from the University of Oxford, artists, and a museum team, have imagined, invented and created ‘A Nice Cup of Tea?’.
The Caribbean Living Room is BACK OPEN! Head to this immersive recreation of a 1960s West Indian front room to learn about the experiences of the Windrush Generation.
As before, the exhibition will be open 10am - 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 58, Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 3LR
1-7 October 2021 Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
The true-story of “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin’s life and career – from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to international superstardom. Singer Jennifer Hudson serves up a powerhouse performance in this bold, crowd-pleasing biographical drama.
The Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music (POAAAM) is a mixed media collection that includes books and magazines, music recordings, music scores, audio reel recordings, research papers, and a 1960s jukebox. Find out more about Paul Oliver and POAAAM, visit the online exhibition created as part of the Think Human Festival 2020, or listen to the jukebox playlist.
Race Equality Week - 7 to 13 February 2022 Oxford Brookes will be supporting and participating in Race Equality Week in February 2022. Look out for further details of events and practical actions linked to this initiative and campaign.
Be Ambitious and Model Excellence (BAME) Panel
Redefining “BAME” as we celebrate renowned black figures who dare to [B]e [A]mbitious and [M]odel [E]xcellence highlighting their goals and recognisable achievements. We will be joined by the CEO, founder, and visionary of the iconic MOBO platform Kanya King, Trevor Robinson OBE, CEO and founder of Quiet Storm, and Euton Daley MBE, CEO of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.
An Evening with Dr Leroy Logan MBE
Oxford Brookes University BAME Staff Network invites you to an evening with Dr Leroy Logan, who overcame a hostile and racist environment, to become one of the UK’s most outstanding police officers.
Oxford Brookes University kicks off with an artistic cultural performance in collaboration with Kuumbia Nia Arts, Unlock the chains collective and Euton Daley MBE.
Black History Month Quiz
From Black inventions to Black music, it's time to put your knowledge to the test!
Be Visible, Be Confident
In 2019 Louisa founded BAME to Boardroom in order to follow her passion for working with businesses to develop Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent into leadership roles; building confident, focused, high performing, and diverse teams, which in turn impact on organisational culture.
Beyond Black History Month
Beyond Black History Month aims to bridge the gap of conceptual ideas on diversifying Oxford Brookes University to providing real and definitive methods of creating actions on the following topics discussed.
This year we will be sharing projects, research, initiatives and community engagement activity.
AfroFusion Dance Class
Join Zulum to learn the basic principles of African dance mixed with hip hop in this fun and energetic Afro-fusion dance class that will show you how to lengthen your body and extend your capabilities.
Making Money Work
The aim of this event is to create and enhance knowledge in personal finance using banking strategies and communicating new channels for students, staff and alumni of diverse backgrounds.
Download the Black History Month 2019 Programme (PDF) »
Download the Black History Month 2018 Programme (PDF) »
Self-Care Workshop - Keeping well at University
Windrush Anniversary Performance: Award-Winning Artist Scratchylus
Lunchtime Staff Showcase
Dr Kehinde Andrews
Afua Hirsch - Brit (ish)...
Anti-Slavery Day - Addressing Current Challenges in the Public and Private Sectors
Hidden Figures screening by Brookes Union and the Feminist Society
Cecilia Anim CBE - My journey from Ghana to RCN President
Dr David Ellis - Welcome Home: Narratives of Arrival from the Windrush generation
Jay Bernard - Surge: Performing and evolving a text in flux
This year marks the 50th year of race legislation in this country. This event will focus on the journey that the UK and race relations have taken. There are some commentaries that indicates that the UK has become post racial, this event will focus on the future of race relations in the UK as well as understanding the intersectionality that interacts with race. Rob Berkeley, writer and activist has focused his work on equality and justice. In particular the areas of race/ethnicity, LGBT rights, and the intersections between the two.