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We are delighted to be hosting a series of events under the umbrella title Reasonings led by Malcolm Cumberbatch, African Centred Philosopher, Social Scientist, Writer and Activist

First in the series Black Identity

We explore the importance of identity and the process of identification. Why Black is not an appropriate term for people of African heritage (both in Africa and the diaspora). Should we give legitimacy to such imposed acronyms as BME, BAME, and BAMER? Who decided that we were black? Why are other groups not brown, yellow, and red and so on? We also explore the naming of people, places and things. For example - Olaudah Equiano, the enslaved African who was the most important figure in the fight against trans-Atlantic slavery, signed off his book "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" as Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, The AFRICAN. Here, he ensured that we would not have any arguments over his true identity. The session also pays special attention to W.E.B. Du Bois's idea that people in the African diaspora were looking in two different directions, torn between their directions of travel (The Souls of Black Folk, 1903).

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