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The Restoration of the African Mind and call for action

posted 10 Oct 2016, 04:40 by Christine Tucker   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 08:08 by CTH Webmaster ]
Oxford African History Celebration 2016 is being held in association with Brookes University's Student Union, Oxford University’s Oriel and Linacre Colleges, and East Oxford Community Association. The key theme for this years’ Celebration is:

“The Restoration of the African Mind and call for action."

Sunday 9th October – Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford: 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
"Black Lives Matter"; "Bounty"; "Coconut"; "Uncle Tom"; is it helpful to use these terms?
A presentation and discussion of the "Black Lives Matter" campaign viewed from an English perspective.

Followed by a second discussion:
Oxford is now home to people from West Papua, East Timor, Eritrea & Somalia. We look at the circumstances that have caused these wonderful people to leave their homeland and find sanctuary in Oxford. Our aim for this presentation is to find ways of helping the people of West Papua achieve a fulfilled life here in Oxford.


Wed 12th October – East Oxford Community Centre, Princes St (Cowley Rd): 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Dr Joy Degruy Leary – Restoring the African Mind.
This is a psychological examination of the work of Dr Degruy. What is the psychological impact of Slavery and Colonialism on African heritage people today? The aim is to find African solutions to the many problems created by European Colonialism. Presentation & discussion

Sunday 16th October – Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford: 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
In collaboration with students from Linacre College.
Discussion on the Ta-Nehisi Coates book “Between The World And Me”, an open letter from an African American Father to his teenage son about the realities & dangers of living in an African skin and facing racism in the United States today. This theme is considered from an English perspective in a presentation led by Oxford Students.


Wed 19th October – East Oxford Community Centre, Princes St (Cowley Rd): 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
The struggle for second place or mastery of planet Earth will be between, "The Negro or Australian Aboriginal and the Gorilla" according to Rev Dr Charles Darwin, 1890
"For Africans has no historical part of the world." George Friedrich Hegel, Philosopher
"There is no African History." 1963 Hugh Trevor-Roper, Oxford Regius Professor of Modern History Oxford.
Why are these opinions from eminent Caucasians not challenged by people today? Debate and discussion.


Sunday 23rd October – Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford: 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Ten essential books that ought to be read, studied and debated by all people of African heritage, including: 
Robin Walker "When We Ruled.";
Martin Bernal “Black Athena”;
Dr Walter Rodney "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.".......
Presentation and discussion.


Wednesday 26th October – East Oxford Community Centre 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Oxford's Rhodes Must Fall Campaign 2015 also demanded Oxford Brookes and Oxford University "De-colonised their curriculum".

What would a De-colonised curriculum look like? With so few Academic staff of African heritage at Oxford, can the current Caucasian lecturers be trusted to teach this vital subject to students of African heritage with honesty, truthfulness and integrity?

The marvellous life and example of Thomas Sankara: by a trade Union representative.


Sunday 30th October – Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford: 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Debate “Christians and Muslims have enslaved Africans for centuries. If Africans had to choose a Slave Master would Africans choose a Muslim or a Christian Slave Master?”

Which of these Faiths offered a better life for the African Slave: Arabic Muslims, or European Christianity?


Saturday 5th November – East Oxford Community Centre, Princes St (Cowley Rd): 6:00 – 7.30pm
Marley's Children: A presentation examining the massive impact Bob Marley's 1977 arrival in England had on reshaping the thinking, appearance, and values of English children of Caribbean, African and European heritage.

Then Dancing to Bob Marley's Music from 7:30 – 10.30 p.m. With traditional Caribbean Food available.

For Details e-mail artwellworldwide@gmail.com or phone 07757 812449.

(N.B. Details of these and any other events that we are aware of during Black History Month will be on our Web Calendar. CTH Webmaster.)