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May 23

African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual. (Part 2)

May 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Wednesdays from 23rd May for 6 weeks, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Sponsored by Eye London Glasses http://bit.ly/2hHJjwp

This course follows on from Part 1 but can be done on its own.

This course will detail Black women who have fought against colonialism and racism over the last 400 years and examine their varied spiritual belief systems. Mainstream history consistently ignores the contribution of Black women in general, but many of these women used indigenous spiritual belief systems to sustain their own ideologies and inspire their followers. African civilisations and belief systems were, and are, routinely denigrated by Europeans which has led to stigma and mis-representation.

In addition to going deeper into the topics covered in the first 6 weeks (as listed below) we will cover:

  • 40 more African women resistance leaders
  • 20 films about heroic and empowering Black women and where to get them
  • Institutional racism/sexism, how it works and how to fight it
  • Specific African spiritual practices in England
  • Black women in Latin America and Europe
  • Understanding ‘whiteness’ and related behaviour

 We will also revisit some the issues from Part One but in more depth and detail:

  • Pre-colonial African belief systems
  • Christianity as oppression and resistance
  • Sanite, Mbuya, Nanny and Nanny Greg, Yaa, Fannie, Nzingha, Coretta, The Two Amys, Queen Mary Thomas, Queen Amar, Yemaja, Oya, Dandara, Nehanda and Graca
  • 1970s  women soldiers in Africa’s liberaton wars
  • Black women’s resistance in English literature
  • Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mississippi, Haiti, Angola, Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria: Civil and Human Rights
  • Disparaging terms ‘Obeah’, ‘Juju’, the real history of Santeria, Candomble, and Jumbie
  • African religious belief and Hollywood superheroes
  • The African roots of the Zombie; movie metaphors
  • White female fragility and the co-options of feminism

We will use obscure and modern film clips, archival documents, rare books and essays, interviews , testimony from the women and their followers, small and large group work.

Course Objectives:

  • Provide political and spiritual context for 40 Black women leaders from 1680s to 2000s
  • Explain pre-colonial belief systems and their survival in post-colonial African diaspora
  • Analyse and explore white supremacist thought in mainstream media
  • Promote the consumption of Black history and literature

Course Leaders: Dr Michelle Asantewa and Tony Warner

£70.00 for six-week course.

This event is sponsored by Eye London Glasses.

Eye London in Hackney run by Ghanain Margaret Asare, provides excellent eyecare and eyewear. In 2018 Eye London will be sponsoring the Queen Nzingha lectures, the Black Power Women of Brixton walks and the African Women’s Resistance leaders course https://www.eyelondonopticians.co.uk/pages/contact-us Eye London ,312 Mare Street Hackney E8 1HA.  Ph 0208 533 1188


• 50 Years since the police killing of David Oluwale
• 50 years since MLK was assassinated
• 60 Years since the Notting Hill Racist Riots 
• 60 years since the establishment of the West Indian Standing Conference
• 70 years of Windrush
• 100 years of Women having the vote

Events for 2018 in recognition of the above:

  • Amazing James Baldwin course
  • African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual course
  • African Superheroes Day
  • Trafalgar Square Walk
  • Hackney Walk
  • Black Films and White Power :10 Years of African Odysseys.Course
  • Black Power Women of Brixton walk
  • 1968 Race Relations Act: The Legacy of Black Lawyers
  • Medical Apartheid European experiments on Black Bodies Part 1 and 2
  • What were Black people doing in World War 1 


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