Black Oak Society

Black Oak Society

Creating a collective of Black creatives in the greater Raleigh area

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As a Helper, you are meeting Black Oak Society where you can to help us continue our work in giving Black Raleigh her flowers now. We appreciate this so much!

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As a Sponsor, you will receive a shout out in BOS Zine as well as a FULL SUBSCRIPTION! You'll also receive other goodies along the way.

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As a Sponsor, you will receive everything in the previous tiers, but you will also receive a limited edition, signed BOS Zine Cover Art reproduction of your choice once a year! An art collector's dream!

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About Black Oak Society

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Black Oak Society is a collective of Black creatives based in the greater Raleigh area of North Carolina founded in December of 2019. With the rapid displacement of longtime Black residents in the area and the destruction to our sacred spaces due to gentrification, we are working against the clock to capture the history of our community in order to preserve it for future generations, while also imagining a better future for them. 

The main vehicle for this specific work is BOS Zine, a quarterly publication created by local Black writers and artists. The motto that directs the zine is, “Give Black Raleigh her flowers now.” We use literary and visual arts to connect the reader to the people and spaces we are celebrating. While expressing our love for the past, we also use our creativity to interpret the present and imagine the future. We publish all skill levels and all ages in our zine in order to truly represent the breadth of the beauty Raleigh’s Black creative community has to offer. We also compensate all contributors for their work. 

Black Oak Society is also a system of support for Raleigh’s Black creative community. Black artists have struggled to break into the white-dominated art scene in Wake County — especially if they lack formal training or an art degree. When they do, they are often tokenized and the are the sole Black creative in the gallery, newsroom, or writer’s collective. This exacerbates the power imbalance in the industry, as well as the deficit of Black stories told by the Black community in the media. 

To mitigate these issues, we support our members and the wider arts community in a myriad of ways. We hold low-cost workshops for creatives of all skill levels. We also collaborate with other local Black arts organizations to create our own spaces to celebrate our creativity and our stories. Finally, we create social events for us to decompress from the predominantly white spaces we all typically work in to find joy and compassion in each other’s presence.
As we plan for the rest of 2020 and 2021, Black Oak Society seeks to make a strong statement to the greater Raleigh area that we are in the midst of a Black art renaissance. Help from the We Shall Overcome Fund, local sponsors, and our generous patrons, BOS hopes to release two more issues of BOS Zine in August and November of this year. We also hope to have four more workshops and one social event as we seek to build up our membership.

At Black Oak Society, we firmly believe in these words of Chinua Achebe, “The writer cannot expect to be excused from the task of reeducation and regeneration that must be done. In fact, he should march right in front.” As a Raleigh native, I learned very little about my city’s Black history in school. It is only in my years as a community advocate and journalist that I have had the honor of building relationships with elders and sitting at their feet. I have gained a courage and a sense of self that I never thought I would have. I want everyone in my community to have this same life-changing encounter with Raleigh’s history, especially local Black artists. Together, we can learn and grow as artists and citizens, while lifting up and celebrating our mark on the world and dreaming up the blueprint of Raleigh’s future that centers Black liberation.            
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