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Black History Month Conversations, with the BCCJ & University of Oxford Japan Office

Wednesday 27 Oct | 18.30 - 20.00

Location

Online

Price

Members: ¥0

Non Members: ¥0

Written by Sanae Samata

October marks Black History Month (BHM) in the UK. The event was officially recognised by the US government in 1976, and first celebrated in the UK in 1987.

People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.

This year, for the first time, the BCCJ is very pleased to mark Black History Month. At this special event on the evening of October 27, we look forward to co-hosting a rich conversation with members of the University of Oxford about the significance of Black people’s contributions to society and business in the UK and Japan, and why inclusion is key for successful organisations in 2021 and beyond.

We particularly look forward to a first-hand account of the BBC’s 1964 historic televised debate between Malcolm X and MP for Lancaster, Humphry John Berkeley, from Dr Louis Nthenda.

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Further reading

Black History Month UK HERE

BCCJ Black History Month – coming up HERE

Black History Month: What is it and why does it matter? HERE

What is Black History Month UK? (Japanese) HERE

Warren Stanislaus on Japan’s image of black people HERE and UK’s black music HERE

 

Speakers

Dr Louis Nthenda

Dr Louis Nthenda matriculated in St Antony’s College, Oxford in 1964 and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Economy. He was a Malawian Leverhulme Scholar who had a chance meeting with Malcolm X in Nairobi. What followed became legendary. He promised to arrange an Oxford Union debate for him. Dr Nthenda did, and the debate, which occurred two months later, is now historic.

He spent the next 11 years after Oxford in teaching and research at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Universities Service Centre, Kowloon. In 1981 he moved to Japan, spending 10 years with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and 23 years in the energy sector with Tokyo Keiso Co. At 82 years old, Dr Nthenda continues to break down barriers as a poet in Japan.

Dr Louis Nthenda matriculated in St Antony’s College, Oxford in 1964 and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Economy. He was a Malawian Leverhulme Scholar who had a chance meeting with Malcolm X in Nairobi. What followed became legendary. He promised to arrange an Oxford Union debate for him. Dr Nthenda did, and the debate, which occurred two months later, is now historic.

He spent the next 11 years after Oxford in teaching and research at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Universities Service Centre, Kowloon. In 1981 he moved to Japan, spending 10 years with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and 23 years in the energy sector with Tokyo Keiso Co. At 82 years old, Dr Nthenda continues to break down barriers as a poet in Japan.

 Chimdi Okpalauko

Chimdi Okpalauko is a second year student studying Theology and Religion at Pembroke College, Oxford. She is currently the Vice-President of the Oxford African and Caribbean Society and is a member of the University’s new Race Equality Task Force. Chimdi is also a member of the University Athletics team and has recently been selected to represent Oxford and Cambridge on their 2022 Trans-Atlantic tour to the United States. She is also an aspiring corporate lawyer and secured a training contract from a magic circle law firm at the end of her first year at Oxford. 

Chimdi Okpalauko is a second year student studying Theology and Religion at Pembroke College, Oxford. She is currently the Vice-President of the Oxford African and Caribbean Society and is a member of the University’s new Race Equality Task Force. Chimdi is also a member of the University Athletics team and has recently been selected to represent Oxford and Cambridge on their 2022 Trans-Atlantic tour to the United States. She is also an aspiring corporate lawyer and secured a training contract from a magic circle law firm at the end of her first year at Oxford. 

Warren A. Stanislaus

Warren A. Stanislaus is a PhD Candidate in modern Japanese history at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of History. Originally from South East London he has spent 12+ years in Tokyo, speaks fluent Japanese and advanced Mandarin Chinese. Previously, he worked as a foreign policy researcher at Asia Pacific Initiative, a Tokyo-based think tank. He teaches transnational intellectual and cultural history as an Associate Lecturer at Rikkyo University, Japan. In 2019, he was named No.3 in the UK’s Top 10 Rare Rising Stars awards.

Warren A. Stanislaus is a PhD Candidate in modern Japanese history at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of History. Originally from South East London he has spent 12+ years in Tokyo, speaks fluent Japanese and advanced Mandarin Chinese. Previously, he worked as a foreign policy researcher at Asia Pacific Initiative, a Tokyo-based think tank. He teaches transnational intellectual and cultural history as an Associate Lecturer at Rikkyo University, Japan. In 2019, he was named No.3 in the UK’s Top 10 Rare Rising Stars awards.

James Nepaulsingh (Moderator)

James Nepaulsingh read English Language and Literature as an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford and graduated in 2002. He is now a senior associate at a magic circle law firm in Tokyo. He has lived in Japan for a total of 14 years and was elected onto the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan Executive Committee in 2021. In his spare time, he is a house & techno DJ and producer and his music is regularly played by the world’s most-famous DJs. He also paints and is currently working on several visual and sound art installations, drawing on his Trinidadian heritage.

 

James Nepaulsingh read English Language and Literature as an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford and graduated in 2002. He is now a senior associate at a magic circle law firm in Tokyo. He has lived in Japan for a total of 14 years and was elected onto the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan Executive Committee in 2021. In his spare time, he is a house & techno DJ and producer and his music is regularly played by the world’s most-famous DJs. He also paints and is currently working on several visual and sound art installations, drawing on his Trinidadian heritage.