One of the greatest challenges facing the African Caribbean diaspora is actually being heard. We
often have little or no control over the narratives pertinent to our identity. In light of this, the Oxford ACS held their first Black History Month Showcase in Oxford titled ‘Otonomi’.
In our opening, interdisciplinary panel discussion, we explored how these narratives are constructed and perpetuated from a number of angles, ranging from academic and historiographical perspectives, to artistic critique and media insight.
The second segment of the night explored the same questions from a specifically creative perspective. The floor was opened for showcases and performances of Black art, with a spoken word performance for Emmanuel Speaks, a dance performance from our own Senior Events Officer Mide, and a dance-theatre performance from Adanta UK.
At the heart of our two-part programme was the desire as a Society to ensure that African and Caribbean culture goes beyond being a sticking point of criticism, questioning and debate – we also want to provide a platform for active celebration and expression.
We hope you all enjoyed the night!