– by  Chimwemwe Phiri


Having just departed from Black History Month which ended on October 31, we will share a range of resources covering a variety of topics and interests including events, websites, media and important books by brilliant black authors. There are many sources on black history, and the lists provided here are not exhaustive, but we see them as a first step in creating a platform that encourages enquiry and dialogue. African history spans across countries and continents, cultures, disciplines and centuries and we hope that the resources shared reflect this diversity, especially as we celebrate African Oxons at large, even after Black History Month. We hope you enjoy the resources below:

Events in Oxford and London

16 October -11 March. Pitt Rivers Museum. A tradition Continued: Iraqw beaded skirts old and new

UCL BHM: Before the NHS: Black Nurses in Britain 1881-1948

22 November. SOAS. The Perils of Our Insular Illusion.


We welcome book recommendations please get in touch, so this list can be updated- plus, it doesn’t hurt to have too many books to dive into!!!!!!!!

  1. Rhodes Must Fall.Brian Kwoba and Roseanne Chantiluke (editors)
  2. Black Oxford: The Untold Stories of Oxford University’s Black Scholars. Pamela Roberts
  3. Black and British. David Olusoga
  4. Wretched of the Earth. Franz Fanon
  5. Black Skin, White Masks. Franz Fanon
  6. Women, Race and Class. Angela Davis
  7. Toni Morrison
  8. The Nation. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti of Nigeria
  9. Sing, Unburied, Sing. Jesmyn Ward
  10. Zora Neale Hurston
  11. The Hate U Give. Angela Davis
  12. Known and Strange Things. Teju Cole
  13. Yaa Gyasi
  14. Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda Ngozi Adicihie
  15. Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing. Edited by Jack Mapanje
  16. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation



Diversifying Portraiture.

The Black Cantabs Research Society

BBC Black History Month profile (2008). Includes video interviews. http://www.bbc.co.uk/oxford/content/articles/2008/10/14/black_history_feature.shtml


Blogger: Chimwemwe Phiri just completed an MSc in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology. She is working with Afrisoc to set up the African Oxons project and will assist by curating the project page and activities.  She has experience conducting archival research and is available to offer training and advice on finding materials in repository institutions. She has learnt that unearthing histories of Africans in Oxford is not as straightforward and requires creativity in the terms used when searching databases and communicating with Archivists. She assisted with the commemoration of AfriSoc’s 60th Anniversary.


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